Minus Nine to One : The Diary of an Honest Mum, Paperback

Minus Nine to One : The Diary of an Honest Mum Paperback

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Being pregnant for the first time changed Jools Oliver's life.

Having longed for children since before she can remember, she was suddenly faced with an array of unfamiliar, unexpected and sometimes downright embarrassing emotional and physical reactions. And when Poppy (and a year later Daisy) was born she had to learn a whole new set of skills.

From trying to conceive and a first positive pregnancy test to Poppy's first birthday, "Minus Nine To One" takes you through the worries, surprises, excitement, miracles and sheer bloody hard work that Jools - and all new mums in their own different ways - have to cope with along the way.

As Jools writes, 'This certainly isn't meant to be read as a guidebook, or a medical reference book - it is simply my story and I hope that you can relate to it in some way (and maybe even relax with it in the bath!)'.

Down to earth, personal and very, very funny, this is the book no aspiring mother will want to be without.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages, col. Illustrations
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Pregnancy, birth & baby care
  • ISBN: 9780141026510



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A strange one for a 22 year-old singleton to pick up, you might think - but there it was, in our new 'Families' section - and it just jumped out at me! A very sweet little book. It definitely had a noticeable abundance of exclamation marks, which jarred a bit at first - but ultimately this is a warm, friendly, honest take on becoming a mum for the first (and second, by the end!) time, with all the joys, trials and huge questions that go along with it. I learned a lot, and I loved the many beautiful photographs documenting this amazing period in Jools and Jamie's life. It has been a lovely little read at night before bed, when my huge library book on the history of Pompeii just wasn't feasible - and I've been dreaming about babies every night as a result, which is strange!