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Nobody Told Me – Hollie McNish

This is a new one for us on the reviews section, poetry and diary all mashed up in a wonderful collection. It’s a conversational, accessible warm collection of the experiences of a first time mother. Our reviewer, Claudia, had the following thoughts:

In this book – part diary, part poetry – Hollie has an amazing way of capturing so many of the thoughts and feelings I had when pregnant and with a young child. Her writing is so honest and down to earth and is easy to dip in and out of. I like to pick this up and read just a chapter at a time according to the time of year or my daughter’s age – like Behind the Scenes about the magic of Christmas and the work that goes on in secret to achieve it. And you can find her reading her poetry on YouTube too.

The Guardian review :

This differs from most motherhood memoirs in that it’s also part diary, part poetry collection, charting McNish’s relationship with her child from the moment she realised she was pregnant (at Glastonbury) across a period of three years. With appealing openness and immediacy, she discusses the shifts in her relationship with her body, her partner, her family, friends and colleagues. She is shocked how the world recategorises her, the way she becomes both more, and less, visible as a person. McNish does not shy away from discussing the pain, emotional and physical, the fraying of self that comes with sleep deprivation, the poo, snot, seepages and leakages, but she also captures the bliss and wonder. Her rhymes have a driving quality, urgent words pinning down fleeting feelings, and her prose is warm and conversational, like speaking to a friend.