- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (18 Aug. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0340827033
- ISBN-13: 978-0340827031
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.6 x 2.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 941,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Don't Try This At Home Paperback – 18 Aug 2003
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Grown up chick-lit at its best (Real)
Hilarious and moving (Red magazine)
Funny and heartwarming (Heat magazine)
A sparkling new domestic comedy that reminds us home wasn't built in a day ...See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Dot and her husband both work in the media industry. They have 2 kids and in addition to coping with holding demanding jobs and keeping family life together they have had to deal with Dot's treatment for cancer the previous year. Dot decides to pack in her job, almost on the spur of the moment, and spend more time with her family. Dot seems to be the only person that is thrilled about this decision and the book deals with her adjustment to domestic life. I felt that the book dealt well with the pressures of modern-day life that we all face and the dilemmas that women in particular face when juggling the demands of career and family. It also confronts head on how Dot copes with the aftermath of having had cancer and I found this enlightening and moving reading. Some of this book is flip and ironic, the tone very much tongue in cheek, other sections are very intense and deal with issues that we all struggle with. It certainly provides food for thought.
Through a series of emails to her friends and family we follow the struggles of Dot as she gives up her enviable position as a televison producer to stay home with her two little girls. She embraces her new role as if its her latest television production, determined to control the uncontrollable in her new world inhabited by children's entertainers, mail-order catalogues and disapproving school teachers. Dot's world gently dissolves into chaos as she discovers real-life can't be managed like a television programme.
The subtle backdrop to the comedy of Dot's life, and what gives the novel its freshness, is that Dot is a woman who has recently recovered from cancer. Katie Pearson succeeds in telling not only the story of a former professional woman trying to recover some kind of indentity as a mother at home, but as a woman who is living with cancer. This is not the tale of a woman dying from cancer, it is of someone living with it and what this author has pulled off is writing a novel which feels real, and is both funny and moving without being depressing.
The subject was handled sensitively and added to the story rather than detracted. Several times I laughed out loud especially at Dot's attempts to economise which ended up anything but economical and her daughter's Calpol addiction.
The book is written as a series of e-mails from Dot to family and friends and this worked well. If I have any critisism it was the relationship with Luke was rather superfluous
Dot decides to give up her job in TV to become a full time mum to her two daughters, Matilda & Daisy.
The book is written as a series of emails that Dot sends to her friends to tell them the latest disaster in her life. The key characters inculde Dot's husband Alex, her bestfriend Jay, Beth - another stay at home mum, Nikki - her ex boss and her Mum Delissa.
This book if funny as well as thought provoking. It made me laugh and cry - looking forward to her next novel!