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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (4 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099437627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099437628
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fizzingly entertaining. Reading it is like having a conversation with your funniest friend. Enright has pulled off that rarest of tricks: writing brilliantly about happiness" (Sunday Times)

"Making Babies is an absolute joy, the perfect, intelligent antidote to poisonous books on the subject" (India Knight)

"An unadulterated delight...suffused with a sense of love and very, very funny" (Maggie O'Farrell Daily Telegraph)

"Gasp-making, jaw-dropping and eloquently astounding" (Irish Indepedent)

"Enright is such an original and witty writer. Her tone is utterly unsentimental and kept reducing me to tears" (Zoe Heller)

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The Sunday Times and Irish Top Ten bestseller book about motherhood.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Hogan on 2 April 2007
Format: Paperback
This is the best book Ive read about pregnancy and motherhood. I liked the "dispatches from the front line" style, giving the sense of how disjointed life becomes when you have a new baby. I was really able to relate to the author and often found myself nodding in agreement with her sentiments. I often feel like I am inhabited by a little stranger, an alien. I found this book to be a great antidote to both the pink and fluffy "mother hood is amazing" and to the "warts and bodily fluids" humourous books out there. I felt that her writing was beautiful, sparse and clear, yet with warm humour. Some images were so vivid. I would reccomend this book to you if you have had enough of the Pink and Fluffy pregnancy books, or, if like me, you arent madly maternal. Its definetly a book I'll read and enjoy again
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on 8 Jun 2008
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. For me it was a revelation to find someone who has recorded so many of the complex emotions that pregnancy and motherhood brought forth within me. Anne Enright writes of the daily contrast between the raw joy and delight that your children can bring you accompanied by the sheer frustation and boredom that you can also experience, often within the same hour. It is brilliantly written and has a honesty and candour that mark it apart. I bought a copy for two of my friends as soon as I finished it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ellie on 17 Oct 2007
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The best, honestly the *best* book on motherhood and pregnancy I've ever read. It's a remarkable, lucid account of what it is to be 'taken over' by this inexcorable state of mind and body, and the unthought-of pleasures and new anxieties that accompany a first child. It's certainly not a practical guide to being pregnant and having a child (there seems to be a misunderstanding about this, which accounts for the two negative reviews - do people not read blurbs or flick through a book before buying it? Odd) but I'd still recommend it to anyone pregnant for the first time, or finding themselves with a new baby and unprepared for the emotional turmoil that this brings.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie on 30 Jan 2006
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I found this book very drily funny and very true to my own experiences. I would recommend it to any educated woman thinking of swapping a successful career for the "domestic bliss" of motherhood to read this for an honest preview of their first year.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Aug 2004
Format: Hardcover
Enright combines the immediacy of diary writing with a novelist's eye for details, metaphor and epiphany to create a startling portrait of pregnancy and motherhood--the pain, the risk, the doubt, the confusion, and then the joy and the fear. Not for would-be Moms who only want the good news. And it's suprisingly funny. My other favorite book about parenting is "I Sleep At Red Lights: A True Story of Life After Triplets," by Bruce Stockler, an American Dad's account of the chaos of being a primary caregiver, and an honest portrayal of the difficulties of marriage. An equally original but lesser known book that is well worth finding.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 April 2005
Format: Hardcover
I wouldn't say this book is especially useful but it does provide reassurance that there are days (and plenty of them) when you don't feel like part of the human race; that being half dressed is yesterday's clothes, having baby goo down both shoulders, not having brushed your hair for days and generally feeling like a zombie is part of the deal. It's light hearted approach is a welcome relief from more stearn "this is how to bring up baby" books. Worth a read and then pass it on.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Nov 2004
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I have to read this book in bite-size chunks because otherwise I'll finish it too quickly. It is beautifully written and is the perfect foil to all those trying-too-hard-to-be-funny books on motherhood. This is the truth, plain and simple, and for that it is both gentle and shocking, funny and moving.
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By Amazonian on 23 Mar 2014
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Rambling guff really, no insight, not even any funny stories, just the inane ramblings of a new mother that gets nowhere slowly.
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