From Emma Brockes, an explosive and hilarious memoir about the life-changing decision to conceive a child on one's own via assisted reproduction.
Emma Brockes is thirty-seven, lives alone, and wants children. She is in a relationship (good!) but they aren't doing the parenting together (weird!). Emma needs sperm, a doctor, and not to bankrupt herself. And that's just the beginning - there are a million choices to make when taking the untraditional route to motherhood. Then there's the uninvited opinions, scolding and general hysteria that always accompanies a woman's decision to have (or not to have) children. With generous heart and humour, Panic & Joy examines essential questions about motherhood and the modern family.
Emma Brockes is an award-winning journalist who writes for the Guardian's Weekend magazine and whose articles have appeared in the New York Times and the New Yorker. Her last book, She Left Me The Gun: My Mother's Life Before Me, was serialized on BBC Radio 4. She lives in New York.
Self-help & practical
Paperback - B format
Advice on parenting