Sinéad Moriarty poured all her experiences in trying to get pregnant for the first time into her debut novel The Baby Trail. Her heroine Emma Hamilton discovers that the road to conception is far from straightforward and her story is a moving and funny exploration of an experience so central to so many women's lives. The novel established Sinéad as a major talent in the tradition of Marian Keyes.
TicktockticktockTICKTOCK ... That's Emma Hamilton's biological clock you can hear. She wants a baby and she wants one NOW. But when Mother Nature refuses to play ball, Emma decides to give her a prod - or two.
Soon her life is a roller-coaster of post-sex handstands (you can't argue with gravity), hormone-inducing (sanity-reducing) drugs and a veritable army of probing specialists (torturers, more like). It's out with the booze and spontaneous sex, in with green tea and ovulation tests.
Emma couldn't have conceived that the road to pregnancy would turn into the mother of all journeys. But she's finding out that once you're on the baby trail, nothing is sacred - and one way or another, life will never be the same again ...
Will make you laugh out loud one minute and wipe away a rogue tear the next
Moriarty's Emma has the wit of Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw, mixed with the Murphy's Law luck of Bridget Jones
Very funny, with a cast of wonderful supporting characters and an unpredictable ending. Marian Keyes, you have some competition
The pace is fast and furious ... a real page-turner
Honest and funny
Lots of tears and even more laughs ... a confident debut
Funny - side-splittingly so, which is a difficult balance to strike considering the weight of the subject matter
Mix Bridget Jones with Charlotte from Sex and the City and you've got Emma, the charming heroine of The Baby Trail, and a funny, feisty guide through the realities and hilarities of twenty-first century baby-making. A terrific read ...