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Babyville Hardcover – 6 Sep 2001

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd; First Edition edition (6 Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718144635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718144630
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 4.1 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,619,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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To have a baby or not to have a baby, that is the question that's facing Jane Green's heroines in her fifth novel, Babyville. Julia, Maeve and Sam are pondering the pros and cons of procreation; the effect that it could have on their careers, partners and lives.

The novel opens with Julia, a successful TV producer, with her legs straight up in the air, encouraging her boyfriend Mark's sperm to reach their destination. Julia thinks she wants a baby to fill the huge gap that has suddenly appeared in her life. But Mark thinks:

We don't make love anymore. We make babies. And we're failing.
Maeve, who also works in TV, is adamant that she doesn't want a baby or a relationship; she's happy as a single, ambitious, career girl: "The togetherness. The cosiness. That coupledom that is pure anathema to me." But she finds herself pregnant after a one-night stand and finds that her preconceptions turn out to be misconceptions. And finally there is Sam; voluptuously, glowingly pregnant at the beginning of the book, but near the end screaming at her beloved partner Chris: "You haven't been stuck in all day with a screaming baby. You have absolutely no idea what it's like for me." Chris feels "neglected. Abandoned . Unwanted."

Babyville is played out in the present tense, with a staccato style delivery, with beats of humour between the emotional labour. The emotions may be powerful and universal, but the prose style may need a longer fermentation period. --Eithne Farry

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'An engaging novel with acutely observed characters and situations.' -- Books Magazine

'Entertainingly and sympathetically told by an author who treats the tricky topics ... with heart-warming honesty and humour.' -- Sunday Express

'It's ... spot on. Once you pick up Babyville, it's unlikely you'll be able to put it down.' -- Mirror Magazine

'This eventful and emotional comedy will have you hooked.' -- OK Magazine

'This is a warm, lively, wise and distinctly unputdownable novel.' -- Hello! Magazine

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