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  • Published: 3 October 2005
  • ISBN: 9780099437628
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $19.99

Making Babies

Stumbling into Motherhood




The Sunday Times and Irish Top Ten Bestselling book about motherhood.

Anne Enright, one of Ireland's most remarkable writers, has just had two babies: a girl and a boy. Her new book, MAKING BABIES, is the intimate, engaging, and very funny record of the journey from early pregnancy to age two. Written in dispatches, typed with a sleeping baby in the room, it has the rush of good news - full of the mess, the glory, and the raw shock of it all. An antidote to the high-minded, polemical 'How-to' baby manuals, MAKING BABIES also bears a visceral and dreamlike witness to the first years of parenthood. Anne Enright wrote the truth of it as it happened, because, for these months and years, it is impossible for a woman to lie.

  • Pub date: 3 October 2005
  • ISBN: 9780099437628
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Anne Enright

Anne Enright was born in Dublin, where she now lives and works. She has written two collections of stories, published together as Yesterday’s Weather, one book of non-fiction, Making Babies, and six novels, including The Gathering, which won the 2007 Man Booker Prize, The Forgotten Waltz, which was awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and The Green Road, which was the Bord Gáis Energy Novel of the Year and won the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award. In 2015 she was appointed as the first Laureate for Irish Fiction, and in 2018 she received the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Contribution to Irish Literature.

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Praise for Making Babies

“'Making Babies is an absolute joy, the perfect, intelligent antidote to poisonous books on the subject' India Knight”

“'An unadulterated delight-suffused with a sense of love and very, very funny. I would like to buy Making Babies for people who've had babies, people who want babies, and people who don't. Everyone, in fact' Maggie O'Farrell, Daily Telegraph”

“'Fizzingly entertaining. Reading it is like having a conversation with your funniest friend. Enright has pulled off that rarest of tricks: writing brilliantly about happiness.' Sunday Times”

“'Anne Enright is an eloquent writer-dazzlingly funny' Penelope Lively”

“ 'Making Babies is not just a good book, it's a good thing. It induces hope. It creates an appetite for life. It is also a very effective contraceptive' Ian Sansom”


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