How Not to be a Perfect Family

How Not to be a Perfect Family

by LibbyPurves (Author)


Perfect Families: * Tick off museums in the guidebook * Tidy everything away neatly * Work hard and play fair * Show respect for one another Real Families: * Start fights in the Louvre * Keep all their worldly goods on the stairs and in the kitchen * Do their homework on the school bus and cheat at Monopoly * Tie the shoelaces of sleeping uncles together after Christmas dinner With her customary humour and reliably robust commonsense, Libby Purves celebrates family life in all its aspects. Her accounts of sibling rivalry and the pitfalls of family Christmas will provoke rueful laughter and strike chords of recognition; her practical tips on dealing with everything from marriage maintenance to money matters, testing times to trips and treats, provide essential help for the hard-pressed parent. Best of all is her reassuring reminder that no one else has a perfect family either!


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
Edition: 2
Publisher: Coronet
Published: 07 Oct 1999

ISBN 10: 034075138X
ISBN 13: 9780340751381

Media Reviews
Praise for More Lives Than One: 'An idiosyncratic blend of her journalistic voice ... With the skills of a writer who understands the proper balance in a novel between issue and narrative. ... This is her best novel ... [and] will find an answering echo in many readers' -- Elizabeth Buchan, The Times 'All the compassion characteristic of her writing in her previous novels and columns. ... This is a humane and perceptive novel' -- Woman & Home 'A good story, crisply and lightly told, that touches on many of teaching's current preoccupations and dilemmas and that grows in depth as it unfolds' -- The Times Educational Supplement 'The kind of book that you race to finish and then think about for a long time afterwards' -- The Lady 'Libby Purves' prose is clean, sharp and in touch with things that matter' -- Daily Express
Author Bio
Libby Purves has written five novels and various non-fiction books, and for the last fifteen years hosted MIDWEEK on Radio 4. She writes for The Times and in 1999 was voted Granada 'What the Papers Say' Newspaper columnist of the year. In that year, she was also awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday honours. Libby Purves presents the BBC Radio 4 education programme, and her books on childcare and family life have been translated into eleven languages worldwide. She lives in Suffolk with her husband, the broadcaster and writer Paul Heiney.