* Dresses neatly and practises the violin before breakfast
* Comes top of the class and is captain of everything
* Is unfailingly obedient and sweet-tempered
* Is a perfect credit to its perfect mother
A real child:
* Prefers shoelaces undone and mismatched socks
* Shouts 'Bum!' at Granny
* Turns breakfast and bedtime into a battleground
* Is the normal offspring of imperfect parents
With affectionate lack of illusion and a refreshing honesty about her own shortcomings, Libby Purves examines the pleasures and pitfalls of raising children from three to eight years old. Playgroup, starting school, rude words, pets - all these topics are tackled with frank good humour and down-to-earth advice.
Best of all is her reassuring reminder that there is no such thing as a perfect child.
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Praise for More Lives Than One: 'An idiosyncratic blend of her journalistic voice ... With the skills of a writer who understands the proper balance in a novel between issue and narrative. ... This is her best novel ... [and] will find an answering echo in many readers'
* Elizabeth Buchan, The Times * All the compassion characteristic of her writing in her previous novels and columns. ... This is a humane and perceptive novel * Woman & Home * A good story, crisply and lightly told, that touches on many of teaching's current preoccupations and dilemmas and that grows in depth as it unfolds * The Times Educational Supplement * The kind of book that you race to finish and then think about for a long time afterwards * The Lady * Libby Purves' prose is clean, sharp and in touch with things that matter * Daily Express *
About Libby Purves
Libby Purves is a writer and also a broadcaster who has presented the talk programme Midweek on Radio 4 since 1984 and formerly presented Today. She is a main columnist on the Times and in 1999 was named the Granada "What the Papers Say" Columnist of the Year, and awarded a O.B.E for services to journalism. She lives in Suffolk with her husband the broadcaster and writer Paul Heiney.
How Not to Raise a Perfect Child by Libby Purves
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