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Nobody Told Me

Poetry and Parenthood
Narrated by: Hollie McNish
Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
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Summary

There were many things that Hollie McNish didn't know before she was pregnant. How her family and friends would react; that Mr Whippy would be off the menu; how quickly ice can melt on a stomach. These were on top of the many other things she didn't know about babies: how to stand while holding one; how to do a poetry gig with your baby as a member of the audience; how drum'n'bass can make a great lullaby. And that's before you even start on toddlers: how to answer a question like 'is the world a jigsaw?'; dealing with a 10-hour train ride together; and how children can be caregivers, too. But Hollie learned. And she's still learning, slowly.

Nobody Told Me is a collection of poems and stories taken from Hollie's diaries - one person's thoughts on raising a child in modern Britain, on trying to become a parent in modern Britain, on sex, commercialism, feeding, gender and finding secret places to scream once in a while.

©2016 Hollie McNish (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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"From a poem about morning sickness to a story about enduring a public toddler tantrum, [Hollie McNish] provides beautifully written solidarity covering both the trials and the joys of being a parent." (10 Best Parenting Books, Independent)

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Modern day poet

Thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Love her poems - beautifully written, full of emotion and depth and so relatable, not pretentious.
This is beyond parenthood. Topics covered include sexism, feminism, racism, sex, income equality and the struggle and frustration to shield our children from society's absurd prejudices.

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Brilliant

Brilliant. I ltened to this during nighttime feeds and it sustained me through the nights.

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A must for first time mums!

Absolutely loved this book, through a lot of laughter and tears. Hollie brought all my thoughts and feelings about being a new mum to life, in a way that I could have never expressed myself. Wonderful.

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Tears of laughter, sadness & love. Deep&relatable

couldn't wait to listen at night. would put my little one to sleep and put this on sleep timer. I laughed and cried. I shouted and punched the air from being able to relate to something so f***** deeply. the mix of diary entry, story and poetry is amazing. Thank-you Holly.

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a book for all mothers

a realistic, honest, entertaining glimpse into Hollie's parenthood journey. many of the themes she talks about are so relevant to others. her poetry is accessible, easy, relevant, powerful.
this is a fantastic book for all parents-to-be or those who have already entered parenthood. it talks about real challenges and thoughts and scenarios. lots we don't often talk about.
I love Hollie! and this is just a brilliant book! I have the audiobook and she reads it herself; beautiful!

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heartfelt and lovely

A beautiful, funny, honest, inspiring, moving and heartfelt poetry collection from my favourite modern poet! As a parent I think I will come back to many of these poems over and over; there's so much in this book that I can relate to/agree with already and much I'm sure I will soon. Though since I am a parent through adoption, I found the early chapters, particularly the ones dealing with pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding a little self flagellating, so if you've also skipped these steps to parenthood, maybe start at chapter 3 (which incidentally is a great chapter, chronicling Glastonbury with a three month old!)

Hollie McNish's voice is down-to-earth & honest whilst still being lyrical and beautiful! Just a brilliant book of great poetry which, if you have/work with/spend any time with kids, you are guaranteed to love!

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a must read for every parent

absolutely loved it. laughed cried felt validated as a mum and all crazy beautiful experience that motherhood entail. Also some really good and poignant poems about our society which really hit the nail on the head . Love it!!

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Ditch all other parenting books

Ditch all other parenting books, you will only need this one! I wished I would have read this before having my daughter, so honest, beautiful, raw and hilarious. It is a love letter to the one true love of life, your child. I listened to this after moving house with a two year old and feeling more than lonely. Hollie felt like the best kind of friend, making me realise we all feel like we are doing it wrong, but we are all doing the best we can. Thank you for this book, I think I may just have to listen again and again and again

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brilliant!

this is simply brilliant. I will be recommending this a lot. I think I will listen again straight away too.

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Best audiobook ever

Just incredible. My hour of peace each day when my baby has a nap. I absolutely love this book.

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Amazing! Loved it, it could not be better!

Amazing! Loved it, it could not be better! will read it again and again and again.