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What happens when you have an accidental baby on your own in your mid-30s? 

The Hungover Games is the true story of one woman’s adventures in single-motherhood. It’s about what happens when Mr Right isn’t around, so you have a baby with Mr Wrong, a musician who tells you halfway through your pregnancy that he’s met someone else - just after you’ve given up your LA life and moved back to England to be with him, so you’re now six months up the duff and sleeping on a friend’s sofa in an art studio in Dalston. 

It’s about what it’s like raising a baby on your own when you feel more at home on the dance floor than in the kitchen. It’s about how to invent the concept of a two-person family, when you grew up in a traditional nuclear unit and your kid’s friends all have happily married parents, too, and you are definitely not, in any way, ticking off the days until all those lovely couples get divorced. 

Brilliantly funny, unflinchingly honest and emotionally raw, The Hungover Games is the true story of what happens if you’ve been looking for love your whole life and you finally find it where you least expect it.

‘Unflinching yet comic.’ (Cosmopolitan)

An Evening Standard and Cosmopolitan Best Book of 2020.

An Observer Non-Fiction Book to Look out For in 2020.

©2020 Sophie Heawood (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • Bored Customer
  • 25-02-21

Rather like Brexit really

Wonderful British humour based on typically flawed morals whereby blame is always appointed to someone else for your own situation despite choice and freewill which allows otherwise. The book, seems like the latest shot in a continual battle with her never-boyfriend who was obviously clear on the consequences of her choice from the very beginning (and before then according to her words). Sophie then seems to promise not to criticise him to her daughter but then uses the book in a few direct yet round-about ways to criticise his decision rather harshly and seems happy to undermine his character in the process. One can imagine this is why she does not name him due to all sorts of legal entanglements she could find herself in although it can be easily ascertained via google that he is certainly not A-list and both of them are really just seeking more limelight then they truly deserve. The bright lights do indeed attract all sorts of bugs.

So other than the obvious questions about the type of morals involved to turn your baby into canon foder in a very public slanging match, she writes excellently and entertainingly. This she deserves praise for. I cannot also help but think that its a pity that many other single moms out there with a lesser support network and an even lesser privileged upbringing have not had the chance to tell their stories to such a wide audience. Perhaps Sofie could do a follow up on the entertaining goings on of her Hackney neighbours and their Stella swinging exes to keep it real? Oh I think not, that actually really would be the deep ocean for this one....

Beware; constant referrals to Vivian Westwood dresses, name droppings and reviews by book characters (Viktor Wynd) upvoted on Amazon.

Enjoy: Internal details of this very spotty mind.

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  • Jacinta Townley
  • 23-12-20

Engaging

Honest, funny and well written. I listened to an intelligent woman of great worth being open about her struggles, her shame, the challenges encountered by a white woman in Western society, her joy, her love and her connections. And none of it felt forced or written to tell a point. Simply her story in her voice. And I do not think that is an easy feat to accomplish.

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  • Ms Emma K Beer
  • 07-12-20

Loved it *****

What an absolute star. Please write more in your own voice and read more in your own voice - just loved it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-11-20

brilliant

loved it loved it!! she is brilliant, so many important messages in there wider than motherhood

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  • R. A. Hill
  • 09-09-20

Very enjoyable

I really loved this book, I follow Sophie Heawood on Instagram (found her holiday trip to Italy hilarious on Instagram stories) and couldn’t wait for the book to come out. It didn’t disappoint, it’s very open and honest and it’s read beautifully, it adds an extra special bit of goodness that’s it’s read by her.

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  • FannyFanackcerpan
  • 24-08-20

single mum tales

Just not for me, I did struggle to finish (the first time I've had this problem with my Audible choices...)

So well read/performed by the author herself that I could feel the emotion behind her tale, I just didn't care too much.

There are a couple of fun Hollywood/LA recollections but on the whole it was a bit self-indulgent (for me!)

Still, it's very cool to be able to tell your child 'you were conceived in an LA hotel room to an itinerant musician'!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-08-20

So funny so real, I want more.

I listened to this book over 3 days, it made me laugh so loud. The book was written in a very witty way. The ‘front part’ had me crying with laughter.
If you like books by Dawn O’Porter you will love this book. A must read or listen.

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  • Catherine
  • 19-01-21

Loved it

What a gorgeous memoir. Read beautifully by Sophie Heawood. Loved the perspective she offered on living a life she wasn't quite expecting. Written and rear with such love.