The Hungover Games
‘Deftly explores expectations of modern womanhood . . . Full of adventure and awe’ Dolly Alderton
People always said I’d find love where I least expected it. I always said they were idiots.
I had no idea how to commit to another human being.
I could barely commit to reading a magazine, and I wrote for magazines for a living. My specialist subject was celebrities, and my own relationships made their marriages look eternal.
I’d never paid a household bill that didn’t mention bailiffs, and my idea of exercise was to go and stand outside a famous person’s house and stare until I’d convinced myself that I lived in it.
But my life in LA was happy; free of care and consequence. That was, until I came down to earth – with a bump.
So this is the story of how I staggered from partying in Hollywood to bringing up a baby in Piss Alley, Dalston; how I never did find a copy of What To Expect When You Weren’t Even Fucking Expecting To Be Expecting, and why paternity testing is not a good topic for a first-date conversation.
**AN EVENING STANDARD AND COSMOPOLITAN BEST BOOK OF 2020**
**AN OBSERVER NON-FICTION BOOK TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2020**
Praise for THE HUNGOVER GAMES:
‘Funny, dark and true’ Caitlin Moran
‘A deeper, funnier, realer, more poignant Bridget Jones’ Philippa Perry
‘Sharply observed and funny’ Guardian
‘Frank and fearless’ Red
‘Outrageously entertaining’ David Nicholls
‘This is the first time I’ve read anything about motherhood that didn’t bore me’ Sara Pascoe
Sharply observed and funny... Indecently entertaining... Beautiful. -- Fiona Sturges * Guardian * Funny, acerbic, sometimes despairing and brutally candid... A must-read for anyone out there, floundering, scared they're doing it wrong. The writing is great in The Hungover Games, but the humour and honesty are even better. -- Barbara Ellen * Observer * Outrageously entertaining. -- David Nicholls * i Newspaper * Brilliantly bawdy and movingly tender. A warm, generous and hilarious read, it's also a great listen: 2020 was the year I got into audiobooks and this one, read by the author herself, had me guffawing in public. -- Lynn Enright * Irish Times *Books of the Year* * Honest, moving and funny... Brilliant... [Heawood] has written a tender book about parental love that she and her daughter should be proud of. -- Susannah Butler * Evening Standard *
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