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  • Published: 3 March 2022
  • ISBN: 9780099437628
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $19.99

Making Babies

Stumbling into Motherhood




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

A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

'An unadulterated delight...suffused with a sense of love and very, very funny' Maggie O'Farrell

It's 2004 and Anne Enright, one of Ireland's most remarkable writers, has just had two babies: a girl and a boy.

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.

  • Published: 3 March 2022
  • 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

1000 kilometres away from baby whisperer books, and one every petrified parent-to-be should read.

Sinead Gleeson, Image

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

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

A hopelessly vivid maker of sentence, of the sort you can't help reading aloud to whoever happens to be nearby... Ms. Enright's commentary on gender politics and babies, like a swimming pool illuminated by underwater lights, also casts an entrancingly strange glow

Dwight Garner, New York Times

Gasp-making, jaw-dropping and eloquently astounding

Irish Indepedent

Enright is such an original and witty writer. Her tone is utterly unsentimental and kept reducing me to tears

Zoe Heller

1000 kilometres away from baby whisperer books, and one every petrified parent-to-be should read.

Sinead Gleeson, Image

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