Panic & Joy

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) ... It’s hard to fault her.

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There are more and more women choosing to have children later in life, outside the confines of convention, but never before have I read our experiences so astutely conveyed ... Brockes has finally given voice to this central female experience with wit and intelligence. I’m grateful for it.

Elizabeth Day, Evening Standard
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Brockes generously details, with wit and wisdom, how she made the decision to become a single mother and what it took to get there.

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Funny, poignant and heartwarming.

Sunday Times
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An Excellent Choice illuminates not one, but a whole host of still quasi-taboo topics from sperm donors to assisted reproduction. Brockes is a beautiful writer, a wonderful story-teller, and a keen observer of human nature.

Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother and Political Tribes

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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