Nobody Told Me

Hollie McNish

9780349134512 (1)

Published: 16/02/2017

ISBN: 9780349134512


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A memoir of parenthood by poet Hollie McNish.


There were many things that Hollie McNish didn’t know before she was pregnant. How her family and friends would react; that Mr Whippy would be off the menu; how quickly ice can melt on a stomach. These were on top of the many other things she didn’t know about babies: how to stand while holding one; how to do a poetry gig with your baby as a member of the audience; how drum’n’bass can make a great lullaby. And that’s before you even start on toddlers. How to answer a question like ‘is the world a jigsaw?’; dealing with a ten-hour train ride together; and how children can be caregivers too.

But Hollie learned.

And she’s still learning, slowly. Nobody Told Me is a collection of poems and stories taken from Hollie’s diaries, one person’s thoughts on raising a child in modern Britain, of trying to become a parent in modern Britain, of sex, commercialism, feeding, gender and of finding secret places to scream once in a while.

Hollie McNish is a published UK poet based between London, Cambridge and Glasgow. She has two poetry collections – Cherry Pie and Papersand an album, Versus, which made her the first poet to record at Abbey Road Studios, London.

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3 thoughts on “Nobody Told Me

    • Rachel Wilkie

      Hi Judith – thanks for getting in touch. This will be out as a physical book (large paperback) and ebook on the same day, 4th Feb 2016. You can pre-order both editions at the ‘Buy’ links above. Hope that helps!

  • Amilee

    Everyone I know should read this book. Preferably after seeing her perform live at 9.30pm, sitting on the stage with her small child lying on her lap because she’s arrived half an hour late at the gig because of two flat tyres so she couldn’t get her child to bed first, but she still turned up and she’s still amazing. So after arriving home from the gig at 11 pm this book kept me laughing, crying and shouting YES until 2 am, and then woke me from the bedside table at 6:30 (on the morning I have no children to wake me) to make me read it more. She is my new very favourite thing. Read it. Everyone. But maybe especially mums, or parents, or women in general or everyone, maybe. And then go see her live. Wherever and whenever you can.


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