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Just Like Proper Grown-ups by Christina Hopkinson
  

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Do growing up and growing old go hand in hand? An entertaining expose of messy relationships, modern life, and our preoccupation with youth and beauty, from the author of The Pile of Stuff at the Bottom of the Stairs.

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Just Like Proper Grown-ups by Christina Hopkinson

'You don't really grow up until you either have a kid or one of your parents dies.' Glamorously carefree and nearing forty, Tess shows no sign of settling down. That is, until she drops a bombshell on four of her friends: she's pregnant, and has chosen them as godparents. Yet while they rally round the single mother, each one is struggling to face the realities of adulthood. Sierra may be only twenty-three but her mother is so irresponsible that she's had to grow up fast. Michael is too busy searching for Mrs Right to worry about collecting the essential accessories of spice racks or investment saucepans, while Owen eases the pain of a mid-life identity crisis with a string of unsuitable fiancees. Only Lucy has the trappings and offspring of a proper grown-up, but is terrified of ageing. On a challenging and hilarious journey through birth, Botox, bad sex and beyond, all five friends must discover that while growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional ...

Reviews

'Sharp, funny and deliciously rude.'
Daily Mail

'This is a fascinating expose of chaotic relationships, the demands of modern life, and societal preoccupation with youth. A fast-paced and entertaining read.'
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'A well-written, absorbing story, with lots of little touches that make it believable and true to life ... a great grown-up novel for everyone's who's terrified of growing up (that will be all of us, then)!'
Fabulous

'A hugely witty read, which will appeal to almost everyone.'
The Lady

'Immensely enjoyable and easy to read'
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Praise for THE PILE OF STUFF AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STAIRS:

'Utter genius. The funniest, truest and most insightful book about being a parent I have ever read.
Lisa Jewell

'The new I Don't Know How She Does It'
Grazia

'Encapsulates precisely, but with plenty of humour, the madness of the modern working family'
Sarah Vine, The Times

'A bittersweet domestic drama ... sharply funny ... occasionally very moving'
Marie Claire

'I read it, I really enjoyed it, I left it on the stairs.'
John O'Farrell

About the Author

Christina Hopkinson is an author and journalist whose work has appeared in the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, the Times, Grazia and Red magazine. Her first novel, IzobelBrannigan.com was published by Piatkus and was described by the Mirror as 'an insightful debut - witty, wise and worth reading'. She lives in London with her husband and three children.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st February 2013

Author

Christina Hopkinson

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Author's Website

www.christinahopkinson.com/
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Publisher

Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

Relationship Stories
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781444710465

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