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The Fat Ladies' Club Paperback – 28 Mar 2002

3.9 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (28 Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141007893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141007892
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,268,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This book is a bit misleading because when you pick it up, you think it's a fictional work. It's actually a warts and all account of what pregnancy and giving birth are like for 5 different women. It covers topics that will interest all first time mums to be, including: what does pregnancy do to your boobs, your tummy and your sex life, and what does it really feel like to go through labour?
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.
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I read this when I was pregnant with my second child and wished it had been around when I was pregnant with my first. Standard pregnancy texts are fine and this book will not replace them, but they don't really include the wide variation of pregnancy experiences, neither are they as realistic, honest or funny.
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!!
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This was the most honest, funniest and truthful book i have ever read regarding pregnancy and motherhood. I felt that i was totally drawn into their lives and could almost become one of the club myself, as i felt i knew so much about the authors and their lives. It brought back so many memories, fears and joys of when i had my son and made me wish that i had formed a bond with other moms to be like they had. The only sad thing about the book is the very tearful ending regarding a very special person in all their lives, which is lifted a little by the 'Clubs' enthusiasm to make sure she is never forgotten. I would recommend this book to anyone thinking of having children and to anyone who have already had the experiences of childbirth and motherhood.
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I enjoyed the book, it wasn't a great piece of literature, it didn't split my sides or leave me rolling in the aisles... but it made me giggle, smirk , read bits out aloud to my husband as due warning before the arrival of his first child.. and made me think very carefully about what i would wear to antenatal classes! The last page though left me shocked and terribly sad and affected me for sometime - i think i would have been happier had i known that fact from the beginning. Us pregnant women are emotional enough at the best of times and I cried pitiously and worried about every motherless child in the world for weeks afterwards.
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I bought this book months ago and it has been sat on my bookshelf ever since. Having nothing to read a few days ago I picked this up and started to read and wow I so love this book and couldnt put it down. Now I am not pregnant and already have my two daughters but could relate to some of the tales in this book and did laugh out loud at some parts. I thought it was going to be a text type book but it was just a true life story of five women who met at ante natel classes.
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!!!
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I read this book (twice actually) during my pregnancy and used it to keep referring back to points that were pertinent to me at the time!! I found the book to be honest and humourous at the same time and it was refreshing to know that the huge weight gain and stretch marks were all completely normal. I would recommend this book to anyone who is pregnant, thinking of getting pregnant or even if you've already had children as it's easy to identify with the real stories told by the brilliant authors!!
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Anyone who is pregnant will tell you that there is a wealth of information out there. This book goes beyond the facts and figures and gets to the nitty-gritty on pregnancy, birth and the aftermath. Five women who met at an antenatal class create a unique bond in this book by their testimonials on all the questions you want to ask but were too afraid. Having read a fair bit of literature on pregnancy, I still learned new things that they just don't tell you in the reference books. The blood, the pain, the fears, the joys... I was amazed to find that many of the emotions expressed by these 'Fat Ladies' were my own, however ridiculous! Having just finished the book a few hours ago, it is still playing over in my head at 3.33am as I write this review. What must it have taken to bare their souls in this way? The simple and uncompromising truth to their words gives hope and inspiration. Pregnancy and birth are as old as time but it seems to be surrounded in misconceptions. This book tells it like it is in a refreshing and often comic way. Unfortunately, the book is littered with 'humorous' illustrations. I found them unnecessary but that's just my opinion. However, this book is a triumph for those who took the time to write it and a treasure for their children who will one day read this book with a greater understanding of who their mothers are. For the rest of us, this book is a great resource to compliment the research any expectant mother is undertaking. Thank you Fat Ladies, I salute you...
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