> Skip to content

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.


'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

Read More

Formats & editions

  • Making Babies
    Anne Enright



    October 3, 2005


    208 pages

    RRP $19.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook


    June 1, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    208 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle AU
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks
    • Google Play
    • Kobo

Also by Anne Enright