Mum Face | Paperback | By Grace Timothy

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  • Mum Face - The Memoir of a Woman Who Gained a Baby and Lost Her Sh*t
  • Pages: 320
  • Format: Paperback
  • Author: Grace Timothy
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 22 Feb 2018
  • Category: Advice On Parenting / Pregnancy, Birth & Baby Care / Memoirs
  • Size: 21.6 x 13.5 x 2.4 cm
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Mum Face by Grace Timothy


In this wry, resonant and darkly funny memoir, journalist Grace Timothy explores a question most women will face at some point: if becoming a mother means the person you were before has gone; who exactly is left in its place?

Best described as The Wrong Knickers for mums, in Mum Face Grace explores motherhood as an issue of identity.

What begins as shock and then denial of how your life will change has to become acceptance when you’re too big to walk/waddle/work; you’re fully repurposed now; you’re a mum, in everything you do, and everyone knows it. From the physical and emotional changes you encounter to the way your agenda and daily life is altered, your identity is constantly up for redefinition. As the friends and colleagues who shape and support your sense of self slip away, work dwindles as every hour becomes a moment you should be with your child, and your confidence is knocked by the constant feedback from everyone, you try and fit in everywhere – old life, new life – and don’t fit anywhere. It’s the identity crisis that no woman is immune to, belying the credo that being a mother is the most natural thing a girl could do.

Grace has experienced mum rage, mom jeans, mum-tum, mum-hair and had to put on her mum face to cope with it all. These are the truths of motherhood too uncomfortable to flow forth at your NCT meet-ups. From bad sex, messed-up friendships and irretrievable labia to questioning everything and everyone around you.

The hilarious book follows Grace’s journey from a young married woman at the top of her editorial game in London, to a thirty-something mum, confused as to how she can love someone as much as her daughter and yet feel lost as a person.

Compulsively readable, irresistibly written and incredibly well-observed, Grace Timothy’s searingly-honest account of motherhood is essential reading for every mum trying to find their way after the mother of all identity crises.


‘An honest take on the way we approach and define motherhood. It made me laugh and Grace is a refreshing voice on the subject.’ Lorraine Candy, Sunday Times Style

‘Whether you have kids or you’re planning to have kids – this book is a must. I howled with laughter, frequently missed my bus stop reading it and will never look at the breast pad in the same way again. A refreshingly honest, witty chronicle on the highs and lows of parenting.’ Lucy Pavia, Entertainment Editor Marie Claire

‘Grace writes with wicked wit and real emotional resonance too – even though I’m not a mother I related deeply to her exploration of what it’s like to navigate the world as a woman, and the expectations that are placed upon us all.’ Daisy Buchanan

‘Honestly brilliant. I could relate to so much of it and it was hilarious in places too.’ Emine Rushton, Well-Being Director of Psychologies Magazine

About the Author

Grace Timothy is a features writer who moved from fashion to beauty and finally settled on motherhood when an episiotomy changed her sense of perspective forever.


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