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Panic & Joy: My Solo Path to Motherhood

Emma Brockes

From Emma Brockes, an explosive and hilarious memoir about the life-changing decision to conceive a child on one’s own via assisted reproduction.

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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.

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So smart and tartly charming (think Fleabag meets Helen Fielding.

New York Times
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Witty, irreverent and wickedly perceptive.

Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
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Brockes has a rare knack for tackling serious topics without ever taking herself too seriously . . . [She] has finally given voice to this central female experience with wit and intelligence. I’m grateful for it.

Evening Standard
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Shot through with dry humour and self-awareness . . . and an eye for absurdity that recalls David Sedaris.

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Funny, poignant and heartwarming.

Sunday Times

Emma Brockes writes for the Guardian and contributes to The New York Times and The New Yorker. She is the winner of two British Press Awards (Young Journalist of the Year and Feature Writer Of the Year) and while at Oxford she won the Philip Geddes Memorial Prize for Journalism. Her last book, She Left Me The Gun, was the…

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