New Walk is the debut novel from Ellie Durant, writer of the popular blog Midwife Diaries and author of Becoming a Student Midwife: The Survival Guide for Passionate Applicants. I was lucky enough to be sent a pre-release copy to read and review by publishers Pinter & Martin. Chloe Cawthorne is carrying the weight of her mother’s … More Pre-Release Review: New Walk
“Why do people say ‘grow some balls’? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding.” This quote, courtesy of Betty White (a brilliant actress notorious now for playing sweet old ladies), is a poignant one for the world today’s girls are growing up in. … More Can books inspire and empower today’s girls?
Close friends and family know that this is close to the top of my list of ‘bloody irritating questions’, along with a) ‘Is he/she a good baby?’, b)’How is he/she sleeping?’ and c)’When are you going back to work?’ (Answers: a) What the chuff is a ‘bad’ baby?! b) Like a baby and c) If/when I want … More ‘But when is your actual due date?’: The EDD and intervention obsession.
Having followed Milli Hill and The Positive Birth Movement online for quite some time, I was incredibly excited about the release of this, her first book, and it didn’t disappoint. I can’t imagine there’s a single pregnant woman who won’t benefit from reading The Positive Birth Book (available from Pinter & Martin and other good … More Review: The Positive Birth Book
We started out preparing for this post by trawling through each of the party manifestos to gather information. We quickly realised that there was more vague and flowery language than in a ‘Creative Writing for Beginners’ class and every party, as always, makes pledges and promises that leave you wondering where the funding is going to come from. With … More GENERAL ELECTION: Making sense of those manifestos
If you haven’t read Part 1 on this post, it is available here. Now, we’re fast forwarding from the point where we discovered we were having a daughter, past her birth in September 2015, up to November 2016… – We had previously agreed that, regardless of Primrose’s age, we would begin trying for another baby … More 28.02.2017 World Rare Disease Day: Our Genetics Journey, Part 2.