The world is flooded with baby books, but why is the focus always on the parents? Why don’t the babies ever get a say?

Subjected to a torrent of swearing as she enters the world, followed by an outpouring of guilt that these are the first words she’ll have heard, Emily is under no false pretences as to what life as a new-born will be like.

This worldly-wise, wilful, yet wonderful baby tells it like it is, from her own unique perspective, offering bemused and often withering insights into the panics, stresses and insecurities of her parents as they try to guide her, or at the very least keep her alive, through her first year of life.

Milk, Meltdowns and a Mediocre Mummy is a fantastically frank and funny book, which will strike a chord with any parent, whether you’re just learning the ropes, or consider yourself an old hand.


John P. Gibson’s novel features geeky American teenager Ed Porteneau, who discovers he has just one week left to live. He is determined to make it the best week of his life and composes a bucket list of seven ambitious tasks. Can he get to the end of his list before death comes knocking? Dead Next Tuesday is a very funny and unexpectedly romantic story.

Ben Gardener’s darkly, sometimes painfully, funny Rydon Hall is an unforgettable book, which will have you laughing guiltily as the tale unfolds of unfortunate teacher Charles Goldforbes and a school trip gone very badly wrong.

With unforgettable characters, including precocious schoolchildren and extremely strong-willed parents, and a clever plot, you’ll find yourself almost wanting things to work out for Charles whilst mostly just feeling glad that your own children do not go to this school.