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Jackie Clune - Author

About the Author

Jackie Clune is a singer, comedian, actress and writer.  She lives in East London with her partner Richard, their daughter Saoirse, and their nine-month-old triplets Thady, Frank and Orla – who play a starring role in Extreme Motherhood: The Triplet Diaries.
 

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I'm Just a Teenage Punchbag

I'm Just a Teenage Punchbag

Author: Jackie Clune Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/07/2020

'A bloody marvellous read. Horribly familiar, funny, touching, sad, brutally honest ... I recommend you clutch this book to your stained T-shirt and never let it go.' JO BRAND 'Obligatory reading for all parents of teenagers!' NIGELLA LAWSON '... terrific. A remarkable blend of hilarity and heartbreak with a really satisfying plot. Being childless never felt so good.' GRAHAM NORTON Warning!! This novel may lead you to make rash and life-changing decisions!* *Probably don't read if you fear you may be ripe for liberation. Or if you sometimes wee when you laugh... First there was Having It All, then there was Bridget Jones' s Diary and I Don't Know How She Does It. Now there is Teenage Punchbag. I'm Just A Teenage Punchbag is a laugh-out-loud, sob-on-the bus journey through the so-called life of a middle-aged woman. Ciara is mother to three ungrateful, entitled teenagers, is married to steady Martin, a man with hairy udders, and is grieving for her mum who now lives in the wardrobe in a cardboard box from the crematorium. She finds solace in her anonymous blog, and in the daily chats she has with her mum's ashes (often the best conversations she has all day.) Despite the menopause, the invisibility of middle age and the daily self-esteem bashings, courtesy of her kids, Ciara manages to navigate the stormy waters of grief and family life - until her mask slips and she is cast out from the family bosom. She embarks on a mission to fulfil her mum's dying wishes to have her remains sprinkled from the top of the Empire State Building, finding company, distraction and - ultimately - herself in the process. If motherhood is a job - who says you can't resign?

I'm Just a Teenage Punchbag

I'm Just a Teenage Punchbag

Author: Jackie Clune Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/07/2020

'A bloody marvellous read. Horribly familiar, funny, touching, sad, brutally honest ... I recommend you clutch this book to your stained T-shirt and never let it go.' JO BRAND 'Obligatory reading for all parents of teenagers!' NIGELLA LAWSON '... terrific. A remarkable blend of hilarity and heartbreak with a really satisfying plot. Being childless never felt so good.' GRAHAM NORTON Warning!! This novel may lead you to make rash and life-changing decisions!* *Probably don't read if you fear you may be ripe for liberation. Or if you sometimes wee when you laugh... First there was Having It All, then there was Bridget Jones' s Diary and I Don't Know How She Does It. Now there is Teenage Punchbag. I'm Just A Teenage Punchbag is a laugh-out-loud, sob-on-the bus journey through the so-called life of a middle-aged woman. Ciara is mother to three ungrateful, entitled teenagers, is married to steady Martin, a man with hairy udders, and is grieving for her mum who now lives in the wardrobe in a cardboard box from the crematorium. She finds solace in her anonymous blog, and in the daily chats she has with her mum's ashes (often the best conversations she has all day.) Despite the menopause, the invisibility of middle age and the daily self-esteem bashings, courtesy of her kids, Ciara manages to navigate the stormy waters of grief and family life - until her mask slips and she is cast out from the family bosom. She embarks on a mission to fulfil her mum's dying wishes to have her remains sprinkled from the top of the Empire State Building, finding company, distraction and - ultimately - herself in the process. If motherhood is a job - who says you can't resign?

Extreme Motherhood

Extreme Motherhood

Author: Jackie Clune Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2014

On 22 December 2004, at a routine ultrasound dating scan, Jackie Clune was told just that. She had not undertaken any fertility treatment - indeed the pregnancy was 'an accident' as her daughter was under a year old at the time. She and her partner were going from one child to four in almost a single bound. Thrown headlong into the world of multiple births - a risky, scary and unpredictable world where there are few norms, where there is little support and practically no dedicated literature - Jackie's first response was a profound desire to punch the radiographer. This is the story of what happened next. From the first scan to the babies' first Christmas, she charts the physical, emotional and practical rollercoaster of bringing three lives into the world all in one go. Essential reading for all parents of multiples - there are very few books available which offer more than a passing reference to twins or more - Extreme Motherhood will also also appeal to anyone interested in how people cope in extreme circumstances. The idea of triplets, let alone the reality - for example, the 28 hours a day that statistics record as the minimum to keep them fed, clean and healthy - makes grown adults stop and stare. Funny, honest and very touching, this book will allow people to do just that - without having to pretend to be polite. 'Fantastic. This book made me laugh out loud' Davina McCall 'I laughed, I cried, I had a hysterectomy!' Jo Brand

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