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The Pile of Stuff at the Bottom of the Stairs

Christina Hopkinson

5 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

What's the thing you hate most about the one you love? This is the funniest, most acutely-observed novel about marriage and motherhood, children and work that's been seen in years.

Mary Gilmour feels as though her life is going down a plug hole clogged with cornflakes and Play-Doh. Her job is part time but housework is full time, and she has no time at all for her two young sons. Mary is convinced that there is only one thing standing between her and organised contentment: his name is Joel and she's married to him.

Since star charts have worked on improving the behaviour of their children, she designs an equivalent for her husband: a spreadsheet detailing every balled-up tissue, every sock on the floor, every wet towel on the bed.

Although he has no idea of it, Joel has six months to prove that his credits outweigh his debits. Or else . . .

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Praise for The Pile of Stuff at the Bottom of the Stairs

  • This should be compulsory reading for all working couples with small children, since it encapsulates precisely, but with plenty of humour, the madness of the modern working family - Sarah Vine, The Times

  • The new I Don't Know How She Does It - Grazia

  • I read it, I really enjoyed it, I left it on the stairs. - John O'Farrell

  • Christina Hopkinson is a talented writer with a gift for observational humour and sharp one-liners - Spectator

  • Christina Hopkinson has wittily and very realistically tapped into the zeitgeist - literally the most relevant novel for a working mother since I Don't Know How She Does It by Allison Pearson. - Plum Sykes, author of Bergdorf Blondes

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Christina Hopkinson

Christina Hopkinson is an author and journalist whose work has appeared in the Daily Telegraph, Guardian, The Times, Grazia and Red magazine. She lives in London with her husband and three children.

Visit Christina's website at www.christinahopkinson.com and follow her on Twitter @Xtinahopkinson.

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