may contain nuts (John O’Farrell)

Mrs Koulouris recommended this title to Mrs Maxted for her third book to read over the holidays and found it in the school library.   It is a funny book and, gasping incredulously, she was gripped until the end!  O’Farrell writes convincingly as a woman, which is never an easy proposition for a writer, but one successfully accomplished here.

“Alice never imagined that she would end up like this. Is she the only mother who feels so permanently panic-stricken at the terrors of the modern world – or is it normal to sit up in bed all night popping bubble wrap? She worries that too much gluten and dairy may be hindering her children’s mental arithmetic. She frets that there are too many cars on the road to let them out of the 4×4. Finally she resolves to take control and tackle her biggest worry of all: her daughter is definitely not going to fail that crucial secondary school entrance exam. Because Alice has decided to take the test in her place…  With his trademark comic eye for detail, John O’Farrell has produced a funny and provocative book that will make you laugh, cry and vow never to become that sort of parent.”  NielsenBookDataOnline

If you have read this novel, do you agree that the author has written convincingly as a woman?  Interesting subject…

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Author: Berkhamsted School Library

Main aims for Berkhamsted School Library • to provide a central resource for the whole school curriculum • to encourage an ethos of enquiry and discovery • to assist pupils in becoming confident and independent learners • to develop research and information skills throughout the school • to offer resources which enrich cultural values and experiences for pupils, as well as have a role in their recreational life and promote reading for pleasure as a lifelong activity

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