The Fat Ladies' Club Paperback – 28 Mar 2002
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The five authors of this alternative guide to pregnancy met at ante-natal classes and became friends. Instead of a text-book analysis of what happens during all the stages of pregnancy, this offers a down-to-earth experience from five women's perspectives. The honesty, notably in the chapter on sex, is endearing. The chatty, warm, style is undeniably readable, and bearing in mind how much information overload pregnant women have to handle, this certainly isn't a taxing read. It's a reassuring one.
The amateurish tone and the fact that these are clearly not professional writers is oddly the biggest plus point--and paradoxically the biggest weakness. Cynics will point to the overuse of certain words (namely "well"), the contrived jokes and liberal clichés. This, however, is not the fault of the five intelligent women who consist of a community learning disability nurse, a European Business studies graduate, a research scientist, a police officer and an accountant. While the style and approach would have been ideal for a Web site, many readers will be put off by the unnecessary suburban style (not to mention illustrations). Skilful editing and rewriting on the part of the publishers would have elevated their experiences from what amounts to an extended mass magazine feature, and done them the justice their honesty deserves. --Lorna V
About the Author
The five authors met at antenatal classes in Berkhamsted. Each from different backgrounds, they became friends and decided to write about their Fat Ladies' Club. This is their first book.
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Top Customer Reviews
It's frank and doesn't mince words; sqeamish readers may wince when they come across such gems as "will I poo myself when the baby comes out?", but, let's be completely honest here - isn't that something you really need to know?!?
The five women narrators are "everywomen" and come across as articulate, accomplished and pleasantly normal. As mentioned in some of the other reviews, there is a sad ending that comes out of the blue and makes the book seem much more poignant than it otherwise would have done.
Overall, an interesting, light and informative read on the subject of pregnancy.
First time mothers will realise they are not alone in some of their hopes, fears, elations and whinges and those who have been there before will chortle when they recognise elements of their previous pregnancies.
Fathers-to-be to be will also find this book a real revelation. The fat ladies will give them a great insight into the mysteries of women in pregnancy and also an amazingly frank account of the thoughts and actions of their partners! Material for a good sequel methinks!!
Im so looking forward to start reading the follow on book from this which is already sat on my book shelf waiting for me.
You must read it!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've read this four times throughout my pregnancy, I have less than 2 weeks to go and this book has been brilliant for me. think you for writing it. Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2014 by Helen
Highly recommend this book! I loved it from start to finish. First read it 12 years ago, and now enjoying a second read.Published on 23 Aug. 2013 by Snowy
Horrid book! The women came across as the sort of person I'd avoid like the plague. Fake, bitchy, complaining, pushy and just plain nasty.
Yuk. Read more
Although I have not had a baby and I'm not planning on it in the near future (I'm only 20), I found it really funny. It was such an enjoyable read. Read morePublished on 2 July 2009 by The Little Bookworm
I got this book when i was having my first baby, i was so nice to read a down to earth normal book (not that many out there about pregnancy) trust me i read every book going. Read morePublished on 18 Feb. 2008 by Ms. R. Hall
At first I thought 'I have nothing in common with these people, they're on a different planet to me' but reading on I realised that I did have something in common, something very... Read morePublished on 31 Dec. 2006 by Caroline Jones
I first read this book six years ago when I was pregnant with my first baby! At times I laughed so much I had to throw the book out of the bed as I feared going into labour early! Read morePublished on 14 Aug. 2006 by HappyMum
Read this book during my 1st pregnancy and laughed out loud many times. The best bits are when they make mistakes because as a new mum you are so scared about doing it all wrong... Read morePublished on 15 Mar. 2006 by Jo Paine