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  • Published: 3 August 2009
  • ISBN: 9780224086257
  • Imprint: Square Peg
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $34.99
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Can I Give Them Back Now?

The Aargh to Zzzz of Parenting


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A must have for all new mums and dads - at last, a laugh-out-loud book about the darker moments of parenthood.

A is for Anxiety, Alcohol and awful Activities, B is for Bedtime, Baking and Boredom, C is for Crushing Routine, Competitive Parenting, and well, generally, Crapness of Parenting… and S is for Snot, Soft Play Barns, Sniffing Children’s Arses and Sex (see also,L for Lack thereof…)

Can I Give them Back Now? An A-Z of Parenting Under Fives is a gritty, down-to-earth and laugh-out-loud guide to ‘imperfect’ parenthood.Realistic, often dark and occasionally shocking, Joanna Simmons and Jay Curtis’ brilliantly alternative guide to parenting is a must-have for all new mums and dads.

  • Pub date: 3 August 2009
  • ISBN: 9780224086257
  • Imprint: Square Peg
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $34.99

About the Authors

Joanna Simmons

Joanna Simmons is a freelance writer and journalist. She has written several books on interiors, a humorous 'non-guide' to parenting called Can I Give Them Back Now? and a series of fiction for young readers, the first of which, Pip Street - A Whiskery Mystery, was published by Scholastic on 4 March 2013. She lives in Brighton.

Can I Give Them Back Now? with Jay Curtis was published by Square Peg in June 2009.

Jay Curtis

Jay Curtis is the co-author of THE AARGH TO ZZZZ OF PARENTING with Joanna Simmons. Writers and mothers of small children, they both live in Brighton.


Praise for Can I Give Them Back Now?

“Made me laugh out loud twice and snort at least once. Would love to publish it for Mothers' Day as an antidote to all that pastel guff out there.”

Sam Fanaken, Sales Manager

“So true to the reality and Dunkirk spirit of parenthood.”

Tom Drake-Lee, Sales Director and father of two

“Really funny, I laughed out loud at the definition of childcare! Love the humour! It's exactly what I find funny.”

Ruth Warburton, Publicity Manager and mother of two

“Hilarious and horribly, horribly accurate. Speaking as a Dad, I say publish and be damned!”

Roger Bratchell, Marketing Director and father of two


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