Complemented with sharp insights from family members, Hi Mum is full of over 1,500 classic one-liners from a rich variety of red-hot mammas such as Joan Rivers, Roseanne and Marge Simpson. Covering all the joys of motherhood, celebrated matriarchs deliver belly laughs and offer pearls of maternal wisdom on such topics as morning sickness and stretch marks, playground politics, raising hormonal teenagers, frenzied mealtimes and dreary household chores. On being pregnant: 'Life is tough enough without having someone kick you from the inside.' - Rita Rudner On mealtimes: 'For thirty years my mother served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.' - Calvin Trillin On freedom: 'The first time you leave your child at school you're faced with a tough decision - down the pub or back to bed?' - Jo Brand
Alison Rattle worked in London as a fashion designer before moving into publishing. She lives in Somerset with her partner and three children. She was co-author of Hell House and Other True Hauntings, Liquor and Laudanum, and Wrinklies' Wit & Wisdom Rides Again and Mothers' Wit.