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Nature's Masterpiece: A Family Survival Book

Libby Purves

8 Reviews

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Prose: non-fiction, Fiction, Family & health, Self-help & personal development

A Family Survival Book - a compendium of practical advice and reflections on modern famliy life in the age of computer gaming.

'The family is nature's masterpiece' - George Santayana

A compendium of practical advice and reflections on modern family life in the age of computer gaming, ever younger drug and drink problems, educational upheaval and concerns about the way children's freedom, health and personal development are threatened by considerations of safety.

Libby also considers the maintenance of marriage in an age of rising divorce and stepfamilies, a balanced approach to sexual threats to children, and the dangers and opportunities for family life caused by dual careers, teleworking, and other trends in the modern workplace.

Each subject is treated with wit and brevity to make the book a delight to read as well as providing a fund of useful advice.

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Praise for Nature's Masterpiece: A Family Survival Book

  • NATURE'S MASTERPIECE

  • Purves is back, with a compendium of practical advice, full of witty musings and . . . calm good sense - Woman and Home

  • 'Libby Purves is the voice of reason whatever she writes about, and we must be grateful that she has shone her common sense and humour into the dark corner that the poor, beleaguered concept of family life currently inhabits.' Daily Mail

  • Libby Purves is the voice of reason whatever she writes about, and we must be grateful that she has shone her common sense and humour into the dark corner that the poor, beleaguered concept of family currently inhabits. - Daily Mail

  • 'Purves is back, with a compendium of practical advice, full of witty musings and . . . calm good sense' Woman and Home

  • peppered with good anecdotes . . . reams of good-natured meandering. . . chummy prose . . . useful nuggets. - Mail on Sunday

  • 'For lots of practical advice . . . check out novelist Libby Purves' latest book NATURE'S MASTERPIECE' Birmingham Evening Mail

  • . . . this collection of wise thoughts and practical advice on all aspects of family life . . . contains much useful and valuable guidance . . . she writes entertainingly and in straightforward language, making it accessible to all parents - South Wales Argus

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Libby Purves

Libby Purves is a writer and also a broadcaster who has presented the talk programme Midweek on Radio 4 since 1984 and formerly presented Today. She is a main columnist on the Times and in 1999 was named the Granada "What the Papers Say" Columnist of the Year, and awarded a O.B.E for services to journalism. She lives in Suffolk with her husband the broadcaster and writer Paul Heiney.