Fabulous recommendation from the Times’ Sarah Vine

I was very thrilled (as were my Amazon sales) by this mention of in last week’s Times of my book. She seems to have really got the book and what I was aiming at. I was particularly pleased as it turns out that she was bought it by her husband, who also read it and I love to hear of men enjoying it as much as women.

I know lots of people don’t have access to the behind-the-paywall Times content, so here it is in full:

The stuff of life

Every holiday has a surprise literary hit. Mine was The Pile of Stuff at the Bottom of the Stairs, by Christina Hopkinson. This should be compulsory reading for all working couples with small children, since it encapsulates precisely, but with plenty of humour, the madness of the modern working family. In particular, the pitfalls of feminism (yes, you have the right to work but that doesn’t mean you get out of doing the laundry and most, if not all, of the childcare) and the abyss between mothers who work and those who don’t. It is also, in the end, a rather sweet romantic tale — and written in such as way as to be readable with two small children in tow.


2 thoughts on “Fabulous recommendation from the Times’ Sarah Vine

  1. Hi Christina,

    Just wanted to drop you a quick note to say how much I enjoyed the book. Laughed aloud at several scenes and totally identified with Mary’s demented state of mind!

    Keep up the good work – looking forward to your next one!



  2. I am so sorry Margaret but somehow I miss your lovely comment.
    I am so blog-unaware.
    Apologies and thanks for taking the time to write.

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