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Mum Face: The Memoir of a Woman who Gained a Baby and Lost Her Sh*t

Narrated by: Grace Timothy
Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Brenda Be
  • 16-05-2018

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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  • Samara Roach
  • 02-04-2019

Honest story telling

Initially thought the narrative was bland but it soon seemed very suitable and made the tale feel somewhat more real. I related to the majority of this book which was refreshing as I'm a mum of a son the same age. Well done.. Always good to know I'm not the only mum that works full time and at times feels bat **** cray!

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  • JustHIL
  • 25-02-2019

a total must for first time mum.. it's 4 us all x

a total must for first time mum.. it's the same rough & tough introduction to motherhood for everyone. when u think you're going crazy relax, a great phase, this too shall pass, and when it does sometimes you'll be sad you. Congratulations Mama, you are doing a great job 💐🥂🍼🤣

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  • Orna Cronin
  • 11-11-2018

Loved this book.<br />

She puts into words everything I have felt about being a mum. Loved every bit of it.

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  • Jaymi Nathwani
  • 02-11-2018

So good!

This book is so good and cut so close to the truth that I had to stop listening to it for a while. Grace Timothy captivates you with her honesty and and I honestly thought she was reading my own thoughts!! So good!!

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  • mrssmudger8442
  • 24-10-2018

Not so much a story as a collection of thoughts

Torn between feeling that everyone finds motherhood easy or like everest, a much better book than other more famous ones

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  • Gill
  • 10-08-2018

Loved this

Real, quality, honest and funny. Grace talks to you like your a fellow mummy friend and I could relate to so much of what she was talking about. Highly recommended read on real life parenting.

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  • Sgrant
  • 27-07-2018

Really good

If you like the unmummsy mum you will like this. Witty and truthful and it makes you feel a lot better

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  • Jemma
  • 28-06-2018

Brilliant mum stuff!

Thoroughly enjoyed this. Brought tears to my eyes at some points and a lot of laughter too. Very refreshing from one mum to another.

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  • Su
  • 13-06-2018

Excellent read for new & expectant mothers

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