PREDICTION: The Pile of Stuff at the Bottom of the Stairs by Christina Hopkinson

by |January 18, 2011

What’s the thing you hate most about the one you love?

This is the funniest, most acutely-observed novel about marriage and motherhood, children and work that’s been seen in years.

Mary doesn’t know what makes her angrier – the way he doesn’t quite reach the laundry basket when he throws his dirty clothes at it (but never walks over and picks them up and puts them in), or the balled-up tissues he leaves on the bedside table when he has a cold, or the way he never completely empties the dishwasher, but leaves the ‘difficult’ things for her to put away. Is it that because she is ‘only working part-time’ she is responsible for everything on the domestic front? Or is it, simply, that he puts used teabags in the sink?

Mary is the mother of two young boys – she knows how you’re supposed to get the behaviour you want. So now she’s designing the spousal equivalent of a star chart. Every little thing her husband does wrong is going on it. And yes, she know you’re supposed to reward the good behaviour rather than punish the bad, but obviously the rules for those in middle age are different than the rules for those not even in middle school…

About the Author

Christina Hopkinson read Modern History at Oxford and has written children’s books, designed the Evening Standard’s website and worked for Carlton Television. She is married with three small children and lives in London.

My Prediction: This book will sell. I feel certain that before long everyone you know will have just read it or will be reading it. Think Bridget Jones popular. Think of the buzz around Bride Stripped Bare. Think I Don’t Know How She Does It successful.

A friend was sent a proof copy and said that Christina’s observations would ring true with every woman on the planet. And that she didn’t know whether to laugh or cry!

She read it in one sitting.

Pre-order your copy now.

‘I read it, I really enjoyed it, I left it on the stairs.’ John O’Farrell

‘Christina Hopkinson has wittily and very realistically tapped into the zeitgeist – literally the most relevant novel for a working mother since I Don’t Know How She Does It by Allison Pearson.’ Plum Sykes, author of Bergdorf Blondes

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While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. ​Now, as the Director of Books at, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.

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