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The Antenatal Group

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  159 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Seven months pregnant, Mel is dumped by her partner and left stranded outside her first antenatal class. And so the expectant mother believes that she is about to face parenthood alone. Instead, Mel finds herself introduced to the world of pain relief and labour positions with a group of women who quickly become valuable friends in the terrifying new world of motherhood... ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 1st 2013 by Pan MacMillan (first published 2013)
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Jonathan Harvey
May 23, 2014 Jonathan Harvey rated it really liked it
I absolutely adored this book, however I did feel that it was one of those books that would have benefitted from finishing sooner. The last 100 pages were a struggle, in contrast to the rest of the piece which I found delightful. I truly connected with the engaging characters, however my interest did begin to dwindle once all of the women had given birth. It felt forced, and I felt as though Bratley was struggling to churn out a credible storyline. However, overall, I would really recommend this ...more
Alessandra Angelini
Una lettura veloce e, a tratti divertente, che punto l'obiettivo sulla maternità nelle sue paure, nelle ansie ma anche i momenti per cui vale la pena viverla
Soph Ellie
Nov 18, 2016 Soph Ellie rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I would definitely recommend it. Such an easy, entertaining read.
Apr 20, 2013 Agi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
I received this book from a publisher in exchange for a review.
To be totally honest about this book I think I wouldn't have been interested in it if I was not pregnant and had a baby myself. I was not so much baby obsessed and I guess I wouldn't have liked it as much as I liked it now.
Actually no, I loved this book. From the very first to the very last page.
It is a book about - surprise, surprise:) - women that meet at the ante - natal classes and stay friends. We are taken on a journey through
Apr 03, 2016 E rated it it was ok
Shelves: borrowed, reviewed
This is the story of five very different women, drawn together only by the proximity of their due dates. There's the beautiful young mum with an irresponsible boyfriend; the older mum with miscarriage behind her; the single thirties woman who went through sperm donor as her last chance to be a mother; the busy high-powered office worker who seems to have it all sussed; and the women whose partner ran off when things began to get difficult.

Then, it all gets complicated.

Borrowed from a friend, thi
Chantelle Atkins
Jul 03, 2013 Chantelle Atkins rated it it was amazing
I got into this book right away and couldn't put it down. I really looked forward to picking it up at the end of the day and relaxing in the bath or in bed with it! My children are older now, but it bought back lots of memories of that special time, when you are expecting your first child and really have no idea how your life is going to change or how you will cope. I won't say too much so i don't spoil it, but it had me in tears as well as laughter, and I think all women of any age would love ...more
Caterina Montebello
Carino e scritto bene, anche se non mi ha entusiasmato. Diverse storie che si intrecciano, devo dire con tutti personaggi abbastanza interessanti, ma forse proprio per questo, non riuscivo ad affezionarmi a nessuno in particolare.
Naturalmente il tema centrale sono i dubbi che ci poniamo in gravidanza, visti attraverso le diverse problematiche che via via le coppie si trovavano ad affrontare. Ma non so'....non mi ha convinto. Lo consiglio????.... si è sicuramente leggibile magari non in gravidanz
Rebecca Crombie
Aug 03, 2013 Rebecca Crombie rated it really liked it
Having recently had my first child this book appealed to me & didn't disappoint. The group, like my own, is made up of women who are united solely by being pregnant & the initial bond that provides. The friendships forged are true to life, not always easy, but held together by their experiences with their newborns & the support they can offer one another. I'm not sure this book would appeal to anyone who isn't in a similar situation themselves as I found a lot of the enjoyment came ...more
Suzii Craig-hewett
Jun 06, 2013 Suzii Craig-hewett rated it really liked it
I Loved this book and despite the editors missing a couple mixed up baby names it was really good.
i felt really connected to the characters and their pregnancies were really relatable from when i was pregnant and some of the things i went through. would definitely recommend to anyone who's pregnant or had a baby. not so sure people who haven't been there would like it as much as it's more aimed at people who know what they are feeling with being pregnant. :)
Feb 03, 2015 Charlotte rated it it was amazing
Amazing book for an expectant mother myself. On the other hand if I wasn't pregnant I don't think I would have enjoyed this book as much as there is no actual twister/storyline to it come the end. I feel like there was something missing from the ending and therefore could of actually ended a lot sooner.
May 13, 2015 Lorenza rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sarà che non sono mamma e non ho mai provato i piacere e dispiacere di gravidanza e maternità... ma non ho trovato in questo romanzo molto in grado di appassionarmi e nemmeno le protagoniste sono riuscite a conquistarmi.
Sep 03, 2016 Caroline rated it really liked it
The story is focused around four expectant mums who meet at an antenatal group. I enjoyed reading about their lives and it brought back memories to me of my own child births and how I coped with being a new mum. Well worth reading!
Sep 23, 2015 Angela rated it liked it
A lot of ups and downs and twists and turns but the story was overall fairly positive and interesting.
Natalie Cresswell
May 24, 2013 Natalie Cresswell rated it it was amazing
Loved it. I read it in less than a week and with a 3 year old that's not easy. As a parent totally feel the whole female bonding.
Vikki Montgomery
Sep 03, 2015 Vikki Montgomery rated it really liked it
Good, light-hearted chic-lit. Currently pregnant so was nice to read something akin to what I'm experiencing
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Stella Mutale
Jun 15, 2013 Stella Mutale rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book. I loved it and recommend it for everyone...especially mothers to be.
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Amy has been a freelance journalist for ten years and she lives with her husband and two children in Dorset, England.

Her first novel The Girls' Guide to Homemaking is to be published in February 2011 by Macmillan. Amy is currently working on her second novel.
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