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  • Welcome to the wonderful, slightly-wacky world of Mandy Nolan. She is a stand-up comedian, an artist and a mother of five children ranging in age from toddler to teenager. Her on-stage accounts of everyday events of family life have entertained audiences for years. What I Would Do If I Were You is a hilarious collection of stories centred around Mandy’s chaotic and slightly dysfunctional family life.

    Mandy attempts to be the like the perfect, ideal mother she knows exists … somewhere. Her perspective on home life and all its complications is delightfully unconventional and, above all, wickedly funny. Her humorous take on the bizarre events and mundanities of daily life are honestly and sharply observed – whether it is trying to revive her children’s dying guinea pig, coping with their Facebook friends, explaining the dangers of sex and drugs (while hoping desperately they don’t find out about her own past indiscretions), battling against head lice and the politics of lunch-making, railing against being a human taxi or struggling to regain her own disappearing self-identity.

    What I Would Do If I Were You also features Mandy’s illustrations, which complement her stories with humour and wit, and are sure to delight parents everywhere.

    ‘Mandy is a very talented comedienne and writer. Her writing contains so many witty and clever lines, I only hope she doesn’t find out how many of them I’ve stolen. Mandy’s accounts of motherhood were so heartfelt, powerful and vivid they reignited my urge to get pregnant again.’ – Akmal Saleh, stand up comic.

    ‘I’m in love with how you write. Mandy Nolan’s honesty is stunning. This book will twist your heart inside out and then have you roaring with laughing a moment later.’ – Fiona O’Loughlin, stand up comic.

    ‘Mandy Nolan is an irresistible force of Mother Nature – smart, ballsy and scandalously, uproariously funny. SheVcan also write like a dream.’ – David Leser, journalist

    ‘Yikes! It’s rare to come across writing that’s so brutally honest, so magnificent, so hilarious! Yet no matter how extraordinary or mundane the circumstance, her voice is universal. Dare you to put it down.’ – Amanda Keller, presenter Talkin’ ’bout your generation, Channel 10 and Jonesy and Amanda in the morning, WSFM 101.7.

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  • Mandy Nolan introduces her book What I Would Do If I Were You.