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The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did): THE #1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER Hardcover – 19 March 2019

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It is like a letter from a wise friend who happens to have done years of research (...) I am grateful for it ― Aida Edemariam, The Guardian

Made me think about me and who I am and my parents and who they are and maybe, hopefully, one day what sort of parent I might strive to beDolly Alderton

This is a kind and forgiving book that advocates kind and forgiving behaviour, to ourselves and our partners ― Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Times

I've had the most wonderful feedback from this episode. People stopping me on the street to say how much they've love the book's advice. Philippa's wisdom and delivery has resonated with many parents out there. I can't thank her enough for her time and energy ― Happy Place podcast

I don't have kids but [this book] is a fascinating read on the emotional baggage we all carry ― Elizabeth Day, How to Fail podcast

A beautifully comprehensive look at what it might mean to be a sane and emotionally intelligent parent; hugely warm, wise, hopeful and encouraging that, with a little self-reflection and insight, we could all learn to spare the next generation a few of our own troubles ― Alain de Botton

The Easter holidays were a complete joy because of your book - I feel about a trillion times more relaxed and connected as a parent and I have also found it very helpful for my sobriety and recovery ― Bryony Gordon

I'm not a parent. But I fucking LOVE Philippa Perry and think she's wise and brilliant so this will be amazing ― Bella Mackie

EVERY parent should read this book, however old their child. In fact, any adult in a relationship should read it too. Distilled in less than 250 pages is a road map to healthy relationships. Required readingExpress

Not got kids? It doesn't matter, as the wonderful psychotherapist Philippa Perry's latest book is actually about using our pasts to understand ourselves (...) it's also an excellent book for reminding yourself: life is hard and you're doing your best - so try not to beat yourself up for everyday mistakes ― Stylist

Parenting from preconception to adulthood. Couldn't come at a better time as my older children and I navigate the road to their independent and unique lives ― Fern Britton

So clear and true ... can't stop recommending it to people ... helpful for all relationships in life, not just parent-child ― Nigella Lawson

Whenever I see Philippa Perry and ask her advice on parenting (which is basically every time I see her) she always says exactly what I wish I'd thought. She's one smart woman, and definitely knows her shit ― Charlie Condou

Thank you for being a genius Philippa Perry!!! ― Jessie Cave

Bloody insightful and usefulMary Portas

A wonderful book from Philippa Perry, so wise and full of humanity. Communication, love, well-being ― Richard Osman

If you're determinedly not a self-help kind of reader (like me), make an exception for [this book]. And if you're not a parent, don't dismiss it. The message is one of non-judgemental kindness. The sophisticated psychoanalytical version of my "count to ten and then say something kind" advice to my kids (and myself) when things start to fall apart ― Vogue

This book is guidance on how to bond with your children based on understanding how your own upbringing affects your parenting ― Lorraine Candy, Sunday Times

Philippa Perry is the wisest coolest personEmma Gannon

As a mother of a three year old, I have an aversion to the endless saccharine social-media posts about parenting. Perry's book is the antithesis of all that - practical and logicalElle

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin Life; 1st edition (19 March 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0241250994
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0241250990
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.8 x 2.3 x 20.4 cm
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I did not realise it was coming from India so that's probably my fault for not reading properly. The book was damaged and had black ink on it because it was wrapped in newspaper, disappointing as is to be a gift
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of huge realisations and moments of insight
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 March 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of huge realisations and moments of insight
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 March 2019
I thought this book was superb but more than that, after about ten minutes I felt it was already changing my behaviour! My friend who recommended it said the same.
Perry lays out her methods and thoughts very gently, with lots of good examples from real life, little case studies; but it’s the insights which really help. Looking at WHY we lose our rag about certain trigger bits of parenting - going back to our own childhoods and looking at why - OH MY GOD. Brilliant.
There’s also so much help here about FIXING those situations once you as the parent have cocked up. Rupture / repair, as she puts it.
And also advice on how to manage your parental situations better. When your kid says look at this, LOOK AT IT. I know that sounds sort of obvious but often I will say “hang on a sec I’m making dinner” etc. I feel like from now on I will do that differently because it doesn’t take two seconds to run and look. And the response you get is ♥️
I found it readable, funny, thoughtful, insightful, but most of all INCREDIBLY useful and, very very very rare for a book, genuinely life-changing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable, even if your kids are quite grown up now
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 March 2019
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but too general about sleep training
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 April 2019
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2.0 out of 5 stars Preachy.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 August 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not *just* great for parents ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 March 2019
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