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In this wry, resonant and darkly funny memoir, journalist Grace Timothy explores a question most women will face at some point: if becoming a mother means the person you were before has gone, who exactly is left in its place?

Best described as The Wrong Knickers for mums, in Mum Face Grace explores motherhood as an issue of identity.

What begins as shock and then denial of how your life will change has to become acceptance when you're too big to walk/waddle/work. You're fully repurposed now; you're a mum in everything you do, and everyone knows it. From the physical and emotional changes you encounter to the way your agenda and daily life are altered, your identity is constantly up for redefinition.

As the friends and colleagues who shape and support your sense of self slip away, work dwindles as every hour becomes a moment you should be with your child, and your confidence is knocked by the constant feedback from everyone, you try to fit in everywhere - old life, new life - and don't fit anywhere. It's the identity crisis that no woman is immune to, belying the credo that being a mother is the most natural thing a girl could do.

Grace has experienced mum rage, mom jeans, mum tum and mum hair and had to put on her mum face to cope with it all. These are the truths of motherhood too uncomfortable to flow forth at your NCT meetups, from bad sex, messed-up friendships and irretrievable labia to questioning everything and everyone around you.

The hilarious audiobook follows Grace's journey from a young married woman at the top of her editorial game in London to a 30-something mum, confused as to how she can love someone as much as her daughter and yet feel lost as a person.

Compulsively listenable, irresistibly written and incredibly well observed, Grace Timothy's searingly honest account of motherhood is essential listening for every mum trying to find her way after the mother of all identity crises.

©2018 Grace Timothy (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Therapy to mothers with small children!

I loved this book its funny and so close to home its unreal. With a 2 and 3 year only myself its so refreshing to hear someone talking about the rollercoster of feelings, thoughts and emotions from that time of becoming a new mum. At times I laughed out loud on the train to work and at other points it felt like much needed advice for situations that I can no longer control. This book is a must if u have kids and dont feel like the old you. I would definately recommend it.

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Excellent read for new & expectant mothers

Expresses quite accurately the fears, anxieties and joys of motherhood. I couldn't have put it better myself

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Funniest thing I've listened to in a long time

I couldn't recommend that you read this enough, it's hilarious (well apart from the sad part, that made me cry but the rest of it is very funny I promise). I often find myself commenting 'LOL' whilst on social media when in fact, reading this, it is the first time in years that I've actually "Laughed Out Loud" and I found myself relieved I hadn't been listening in public and that my Husband was in too much of a deep sleep to hear me (apparently retelling someone's description of their vagina at 1a.m. through snorts and squeaks is not as funny as the original. Noted).

My little one is four now and I found myself nodding along whilst making a mental tick every time the author mentions something I either experienced or agreed with which was pretty much everything she said.

My only negative is that I wish I'd have had this whilst pregnant.

Very well written and narrated.