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The Fish Finger Years

Fiona Gibson

7 Reviews

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Prose: non-fiction, Advice on parenting, Self-help & personal development

A funny and frank look at bringing up kids for real parents everywhere

If you have an embarrassing child who bursts into friends' houses announcing 'It stinks in here' or shouts 'why is that man so fat ' on the bus (and not a spooky child who replaces felt-tip lids and enjoys dusting) then this book is for you.

Self-confessed imperfect mum Fiona Gibson blends her own hilarious tales of raising three children with anecdotes and nuggets of advice from 300 fellow parents who admit they too get things wrong occasionally.

Stories and tips cover a huge range of parenting dilemmas, from 'what to do if your child has a screaming, plank-rigid wobbler in M&S, and everyone's giving you Bad Parent looks' and 'how to handle a foul-mouthed monster obsessed with the toilet parts of horses' to 'sex: should you make the effort or just not bother '.

Above all, this funny, refreshingly honest look at being a real-life mum will come as a welcome reminder that yours is not the only family who can't go to Ikea without tears, tantrums and the threat of divorce...

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Praise for The Fish Finger Years

  • Blend of tips, funny anecdotes from a freelance journalist, novelist and self-confessed imperfect mother of three. Love the title and the assertion that raising kids is like looking after small, very drunk people - The Bookseller on THE FISH FINGER YEARS

  • A bitter-sweet take on bringing up the baby in modern times and a great first book - Heat on BABYFACE

  • BABYFACE is enthralling. Gibson's original voice is at once comic and accurate - Adele Parks

  • A funny and compelling novel that will appeal to new mums - Pregnancy on BABYFACE

  • A fantastic debut. More than funny, it's true - Louise Bagshawe on BABYFACE

  • 'A funny, warm, compelling and wonderfully observed novel, hilarious to singletons and mothers alike' Marie Claire on BABYFACE

  • Refreshingly honest and very funny... Gibson, a natural writer who gets the reader's empathy at every turn of the page, looks at the nitty-gritty of child-rearing, but doesn't offer advice. She just wants us to laugh... - Birmingham Post

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Fiona Gibson

Fiona Gibson is a freelance journalist who has written for many publications including the Observer, the Guardian, Red and Marie Claire and has a regular column on parenting in the Sunday Herald. She was previously the editor of More! magazine. She is the mother of three small children (including twin boys) and lives in Lanarkshire. Her website can be found at

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