The Middle Years

This is not a book about parenting. 

There are 1.3 billion of those already, and the main thrust is, ‘if possible, try not to be a shit parent.’ Instead, this is a book about us. You and me.

The knackered parents, flailing about in the supposedly ‘easier’ Middle Years, when our babies have sprouted body hair and attitudes, we’re supposed to be ‘getting our life back’ at last . . . but everything feels as if it’s gone a bit tits down.

From puberty to parents’ evenings, anxiety to A-Levels, divorce to depression, sex to social media, hormones to . . . Jesus, is that chin hair?!

This comprehensive, honest, hilarious and at times heart-breaking rummage through the Rotting Salad Drawer of Midlife that we all go through but nobody tells us about until we’re already drowning in it, holds your weary hand and offers a giant, life-saving snog of, 'IT’S OK. IT’S NOT JUST YOU'.

About the author

Liz Fraser is one of the UK’s best-known writers and broadcasters on all aspects of modern family life, appearing almost daily on national TV and radio with much bigger hair than she has naturally. A columnist, social commentator Liz has three teenagers,

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Why We Like It

  • "I am reading this and crying with laughter!"- Professor Tanya Byron
  • "This is a brilliantly insightful, wonderfully written, bloody funny book!" - Ben Shephard, (Good Morning Britain )
  • "A TRIUMPH! Liz nails the reality of the Middle Years with humour, empathy and fearlessness. I laughed out loud, teared up and cringed.' - Natasha Pearlman (Executive Editor of Glamour US)

Liz Fraser's internationally best-selling books about the realities of being a parent re-moulded parenting forever by finally allowing it to be funny, and accepting that we all get most of it wrong – which is just as it should be. She took Lifeshambles to the Edinburgh Fringe for a full run of one-woman stand-up shows, to critical acclaim by at least three people, one of whom was actually conscious at the time.
Liz has a degree in Experimental Psychology and Neuroscience from Cambridge University and is the Director of Headcase, a multi-media platform to completely rebranding mental health issues faced by millions of normal people every day.
She has written for The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Red, Grazia, Glamour, The Daily Mail, Mother and Baby, Marie Claire, Junior, Woman, and many others.

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