“Being a mother is a gift.” Where’s my receipt?

Amateur Hour: Motherhood in Essays and Swear Words is an anthology of musings on motherhood, by author and copywriter Kimberly Harrington. Per the subtitle, the writing is often profane, but also contains poignant moments such as the author’s opening chapter, “I Don’t Want to Be Dying to Tell You These Things,” addressed to her children. Full of “righteous anger” about how quickly new mothers are expected to leap back into full-time work, nostalgia for the “nowhere-but-here” days spent with toddlers, and grief for lost loved ones, the book will surely appeal to anyone who has experienced the trials and tribulations of motherhood.

The book is available to order on Amazon, costing £10.99.