Subtitle Family life lessons in far flung places
“Anyone who has travelled with children will find this book uplifting, life-affirming – and laugh-out-loud funny” Helen Fielding, author of Bridget Jones's Diary
Shape of a Boy is a laugh-out-loud travel memoir by the mother of three boys as she documents her travels with her family around the world.
‘Have kids, will travel’ is veteran travel journalist Kate’s mantra. Her intrepid spirit is infectious in this warm, engaging account of her family’s adventures and misadventures. She shares the life lessons learnt on their travels, from overcoming disappointment in Thailand to saying sorry in Japan, discovering perseverance in Borneo and learning about conservation in Malaysia.
From the jungles of southeast Asia to the waterfront in Havana and the blazing heat of Egypt, Shape of a Boy captures the essence of being a parent in the thick of it and learning on the hoof. Inspirational for anyone who has dreaded travelling with a baby, toddler, or teen, it is a life-affirming read for every wannabe-traveller.
Kate’s vivid evocation of the highs and lows of family time make you belly-laugh and bring a lump to your throat.
“Hilarious and wonderfully fluent, Shape of A Boy makes you see each corner of the world afresh. I read it in one long, lounging read, which took me away from Covid to a vibrant world of orangutans and elephants and a family growing together.”
ANDREW CLOVER, best-selling author of Dad Rules
This is a must-read for every wannabe-traveller grounded by lockdown and for every parent who has dreaded travelling with a baby.