Muddle Your Way Through Being a Grandparent : How to fool people into thinking you're a competent granny or gramps
Paul Merrill

Muddle Your Way Through Being a Grandparent  : How to fool people into thinking you're a competent granny or gramps

The first in Paul Merrill’s ‘Muddle’ series, this is a hilarious spoof guide to how to survive as a modern grandparent. A perfect stocking filler or present for anyone about to become a grandma or granddad, or for those already coping with grandchildren.

Covering everything from believable excuses to avoid babysitting and how to tell your daughter she’s a hopeless mum to ways not to have your house destroyed and whether the Olden Days were really so great.  Plus a handy guide to interpreting teenspeak that’s so lol, you’ll rofl.

Aimed at today’s generation of grandparents in their 40s, 50s and 60s, this politically incorrect volume will arm them with the insider knowledge the real parenting books don’t dare divulge through a series of light-hearted quizzes, flowcharts, comedy tips, cartoons and lists.

Learn how not to be dumped in a home by your adorable grandchildren, the perils of the granny flat and discover if you’re already losing your memory.

Find out:

  1. What swear words are appropriate for oldies
  2. Which illness to fake to get out of babysitting
  3. What to do if the baby is ugly
  4. How to steer your daughter away from choosing ridiculous names
  5. Ways to make your family think you are a ‘funky crumbly’
  6. How to invent a more interesting family tree
  7. What happens when grannies go evil
  8. Coping strategies for daughter-in-laws from hell.
  9. Whether your grandson is an emo, a nerd or a neek.
  10. Simple ways to make your war stories more exciting
  11. What celebrity grandparents can teach us all
  12. Social networking for the confused

Plus! Find out if you’re already losing your memory. 

Book Details:

  • Author: Paul Merrill
  • On Submission
  • Rights Sold
    • ANZ: Random House
Paul Merrill

Paul Merrill

Author of A Polar Bear Ate My Head, his memoir of his years as a magazine editor both in the UK and Australia, Merrill now writes full-time. His next books, comedy guides to grandparenting and fatherhood, are to be published by Random House Australia next year.He was an award-winning women’s magazine editor when he was inexplicably chosen for the biggest magazine launch in British history. When the weekly men’s titles, ZOO and Nuts burst onto the market, they transformed the magazine landscape and thrust Paul stumbling haplessly into a bewildering and surreal world in the full g...
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Book Reviews

  • "It's funny, but behind it all there's an uncomfortable grain of truth. Many grandparents, parents and grandchildren have a wonderful relationship but it's not always the case. Some long for more contact - some for much less and others for a more considerate relationship. I can't honestly say that this book is going to sure any of the problems - but you will be able to laugh at them."
  • "This handy book will arm you with the essential tips and tricks the so-called experts don’t dare to tell you, and will guide you every step of the way. "
    Mature Times