Reviews

  • 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. I don’t think Sophie thinks of herself as being a self-help author but this book will work as self-help for parents. Life is never perfect, it’s messy, and it shouldn’t be about how to be perfect it’s about how to be with the mess. Be more Sophie.

    Philippa Perry
  • The Hungover Games deftly explores expectations of modern womanhood through a beautiful, wild, painfully honest, hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking story. Full of adventure and awe, Sophie Heawood has written 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
  • 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
  • A funny, acerbic, sometimes despairing and brutally candid account of accidental pregnancy, single motherhood and how what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, wittier and more resourceful... 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
  • [The] mix of poignancy and punchlines, which runs through Heawood's book from start to finish, makes The Hungover Games much more than a parenting memoir; it's frequently hilarious... It is a charming, diverting, indie flick of a memoir, a joy to gulp down in the garden on a sunny afternoon.

    Alice-Azania Jarvis, The Times
  • Honest, moving and funny... It's brilliant... [Heawood] has written a tender book about parental love that she and her daughter should be proud of.

    Susannah Butler, Evening Standard
  • Woven into the sprightly prose and self-mocking humour are moments of painful truth and profundity... Publishing is awash with accounts of pregnancy and parenting, though few are seen through the lens of single motherhood and fewer still are as sharply observed and funny... Indecently entertaining... Outrageous anecdotes frequently make way for poignancy and reflection... The Hungover Games is about embracing the chaos and finding love where you didn't know it existed. And the love depicted here is beautiful.

    Fiona Sturges, Guardian
  • [A] 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
  • [A] beautiful, laugh-out-loud, honest and, on occasion, heartbreaking story.

    Sophie Cockett, Glamour

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