Publication Date: 28/05/2020 ISBN: 9781529406276 Category:

I Am Not Your Baby Mother

Candice Brathwaite

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Publication Date: 28/05/2020 ISBN: 9781529406276 Category:


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‘Really good … accessible, sometimes shocking, honest, and feels written from the heart’ – Bernardine Evaristo

‘I gobbled it in one weekend and encourage everyone – mother, or otherwise – to do the same’ – Pandora Sykes

‘Remarkable’ – Lorraine Kelly

‘Searing’ – Dolly Alderton

‘I absolutely loved I Am Not Your Baby Mother’ – Giovanna Fletcher

‘Brilliant’ – Sophie Ellis-Bextor

‘An essential exploration of the realities of black motherhood in the UK’ – Observer

‘Urgent part-memoir, part-manifesto about black motherhood’ – Red

‘[An] original and much-needed guide to navigating black motherhood’ – Cosmopolitan

‘The woman bringing a fresh perspective to the mumfluencer world’ – Grazia

‘Every mother, everywhere, should read this book’ – OK Magazine


It’s about time we made motherhood more diverse…

When Candice fell pregnant and stepped into the motherhood playing field, she found her experience bore little resemblance to the glossy magazine photos of women in horizontal stripe tops and the pinned discussions on mumsnet about what pushchair to buy. Leafing through the piles of prenatal paraphernalia, she found herself wondering: “Where are all the black mothers?”.

Candice started blogging about motherhood in 2016 after making the simple but powerful observation that the way motherhood is portrayed in the British media is wholly unrepresentative of our society at large.

The result is this thought-provoking, urgent and inspirational guide to life as a black mother. It explores the various stages in between pregnancy and waving your child off at the gates of primary school, while facing hurdles such as white privilege, racial micro-aggression and unconscious bias at every point. Candice does so with her trademark sense of humour and refreshing straight-talking, and the result is a call-to-arms that will allow mums like her to take control, scrapping the parenting rulebook to mother their own way.

Publisher Review

Humorous but unflinching, every mother, everywhere, should read this book * OK Magazine * Written in her brilliantly witty manner, this book is every black British woman's motherhood manual * Refinery 29 * This book is about so much more than paid partnerships and a square-by-square existence. It is an energetic decimation of the narrow, middle-class white lens through which we culturally speak about motherhood; a humorous and sensitive navigation of the nuances within race (Candice, as a black British woman and her husband, as a Nigerian man); and a searing commentary, through the motif of a Bugaboo pushchair, on how class and race intersect. I gobbled it in one weekend and encourage everyone - mother, or otherwise - to do the same. * Pandora Sykes * Blogger Candice Brathwaite is known for her beautifully constructed and refreshingly straight-talking Instagram captions, so we can't wait to read her urgent part-memoir, part-manifesto about black motherhood * Red magazine *

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