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  • Published: 20 July 2021
  • ISBN: 9781784707644
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $24.00

The Hungover Games

The debut memoir from a brilliant new voice in non-fiction - gloriously funny, bitingly well-observed and emotionally raw.

'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.


'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

  • Published: 20 July 2021
  • ISBN: 9781784707644
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $24.00

About the author

Sophie Heawood

Sophie Heawood was born and raised in Yorkshire, where she never quite mastered the accent. She studied Spanish and Portuguese at university, where she also never quite mastered the accents, and dropped out of her degree to work on the door of nightclubs. Her parents were thrilled. She now lives in Hackney, East London, with her daughter and their dog. Sophie has written for many publications including The Times, Guardian, Observer and Vogue.

Praise for The Hungover Games

Heawood writes with warmth and wit about life as a single mother.

Rachel Cooke, Observer, *Books to Look Out For in 2020*

Beautiful, wild, painfully honest, hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking... a soulful, truthful homage to a life lived with appetite, intensity and wonder.

Dolly Alderton

Finally the book that single mothers across the globe have been waiting for... Funny, dark and true.

Caitlin Moran

Thought-provoking and insightful.


Reading The Hungover Games is a bit like having a new boyfriend: you think about it every second you're not with it and long for everyone to go away so that you can just lie down with it and savour its gorgeous, funny rudeness.

Pandora Sykes

It's a deeper, funnier, realer, more poignant Bridget Jones. I have never read a more accurate account of what it feels like to be a parent, especially a single one.

Philippa Perry

I adored this debut memoir... Freewheeling, hugely funny... and genuinely soul-mining.

Caroline Sanderson, Bookseller *Editor's Choice*

Raw and funny, Heawood's memoir celebrates the messiness of life and motherhood with boldness, panache, and unexpected moments of real poignancy. An uncensored and eccentric delight.


Rejoice! One of our favourite journalists Sophie Heawood - known for her hilarity and honesty - publishes her first book this year. It's a memoir about being a single mother when you haven't quite worked out how to look after yourself.

Arielle Tchiprout, Red *The best books we can't wait to read in 2020*

Beautiful, laugh-out-loud, honest and, on occasion, heartbreaking.

Sophie Cockett, Glamour

Frank and fearless... a glorious validation to all parents doing it solo.

Sarra Manning, Red

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

Hilarious... It is a charming, diverting, indie flick of a memoir, a joy to gulp down.

Alice-Azania Jarvis, The Times

Achingly tender and snort-inducingly funny.

Sarah Hughes, i, *Summer Reads 2020*

Gorgeous, unflinching, tender, sad, affirming and cackle-worthy. You don't need to be a mother, have one in your life or hope to become one, for the razor-sharp observations chronicled here to ring true.

Jemma Crew, Northern Echo

Ebullient, playful and creative... By turns caustic, astute and very, very funny.

Tanya Sweeney, Irish Independent

[Heawood] shares her story with huge wit and sharp observation.

Hannah Stephenson, Irish Examiner, *12 of the best new reads for summer*

Joyfully crude and hilarious... Heawood is refreshingly unapologetic.

Eleanor Halls, Daily Telegraph

Sharply observed and funny... Indecently entertaining... Beautiful.

Fiona Sturges, Guardian

Hits that sweet spot between laugh-out-loud funny, with its accounts of first dates, LA wackiness and personal mishaps, and a lyrical lament for a life of paternity tests, an absent father and the absence of raves.

Eithne Farry, Sunday Express

Unflinchingly honest, emotionally raw, and surprisingly sweet.


This is the first time I've read anything about motherhood that didn't bore me... It's all really unconventional but laugh-out-loud funny.

Sara Pascoe, Observer

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

A tender and hilarious account of her life as a single mother.

Sophie Morris

As funny as it is moving, The Hungover Games is a gorgeous read.

Anna Bonet, Good Housekeeping *20 of the Best Nonfiction Books*

This [is an] incredibly candid and often LOLs memoir about how it feels to raise a baby on your own when you're more into negronis than nappies.


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*

Reading Heawood's often outrageous and occasionally undignified anecdotes was the perfect tonic during the second national lockdown. Though hilariously funny, her story of accidental pregnancy is also tender and poignant, with her accounts of motherhood feeling far less common through a single-parent lens.


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