Holding The Baby: Milk, Sweat and Tears From The Frontline of Motherhood

Nell Frizzell


Funny, reassuring and radically ambitious, Holding the Baby sheds light on the ways in which we fail new parents, and offers a rallying crying that we fight for a better alternative.


Biography & Memoir > Non-Fiction

ISBN: 9781529176834



It’s time to share the motherload.

A memoir culminating in a manifesto, Holding the Baby sets out to understand why we still treat early parenthood as an individual slog rather than a shared cultural responsibility.

Tracing her own journey to the nadir of sleeplessness via social retreat and murderous rage, Frizzell draws on the latest research to explore:

What effect does parenting have on your career?

How can we make childcare affordable and fit for purpose?

If parenting is so hard, why does anyone ever do it more than once?

My favourite person on the politics of parenthood’ – Pandora Sykes

Exhilarating, infuriating, urgent and human’ – Daisy Buchanan

A blazing, brilliant read…compassionate, convincing, funny!’ – Amy Liptrot

Honest, unflinching and necessary’ – Sara Pascoe

Funny and brisk…urgent and incisive’ – Rob Delaney

A timely and important book’ – Clover Stroud


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Weight 0.4 kg
Dimensions 20 × 13 × 5 cm