There are genuine emotions in Tanya's outpourings. Sympathy for a father who has lost his job after falling asleep from exhaustion. Resentment at a mother who, before the birth of the quads, had all the time in the world for Tanya. And, from the author, an impressive knowingness about Year 6 female friendships. Favourite scene: Mum squirting Dettox at Roger, the advertising man, after one of the babies has leaked brown juice on to his immaculate cream jeans.
Another character who has had his fill of baby-tending is Angus, hero extraordinaire of Morris Gleit* man's brilliantly funny Bumface!, now out in paperback (Puffin pound;3.99).