Book Review: Don’t Panic by George Lewis


3rd February 2022 | Paperback | £12.99
Also available in eBook & Audiobook

‘So funny you’ll be glad you’re having a baby!’ – Josh Widdicombe
‘Great advice – funny enough to read if it wasn’t.’ – Romesh Ranganathan

Are you ready for fatherhood?
Written by award-winning comedy writer, George Lewis, DON’T PANIC! is destined to be the next classic for new dads, preparing them for the confusing, emotional – and funny – rollercoaster ahead.
From birth to pre-school, EVERYTHING new dads need to know is here. The book is packed with useful tips, inside knowledge and hilarious real-life stories from George’s friends and fellow comedians, who know exactly what it’s like to take your first steps as a new parent, including, Adam Kay, Andy Parsons, Carl Donnelly, Elis James, Iain Stirling, Ivo Graham, Jen Brister, Josh Widdicombe, Kerry Godliman, Matthew Crosby, Rich Hall, Romesh Ranganathan, Russell Kane and Sindhu Vee.
Practical and emotional this is a book full of all the stuff your mates would tell you. Friendly, accessible, informative and funny, Don’t Panic is the vital guide that reassures new dads that they’re not alone, and demonstrates how helpful the experience of others can be.

About the Author

George Lewis’s writing credits include Have I Got News for You, 8 out of 10 Cats, various work for BBC Comedy, Radio 4, Dave, Comic Relief and his own weekly football column – Funny Old Game – in The Times. He has recently appeared on the Stand Up Sketch Show (ITV2), Top Gear Extra Gear (which he hosted), Celebrity Mastermind (which he won) and he presents the Britpopcast for Radio X. Before he became a comedian, he worked as a copywriter. He lives in Manchester with his wife and his two children, a boy and a girl, fourteen months apart.

My Thoughts

Thank you to the lovely Anne at Random Things Tours for organising this blog tour. I received a copy of the book with a request for an honest review – and here it is!

First of all, I am not a dad, let alone a parent (for once, I’m not allowing my menagerie to count as my children), but I was drawn to Don’t Panic as I’m getting to the age now where I’m thinking of starting a family in a few years. My close friend from school had a baby last autumn and I’m thinking “maybe I should start getting a bit more clued up on this parenting malarkey”.

Don’t Panic is a charming, witty and engaging read with first hand experiences of what happens when you bring a tiny human into your life. Following from late pregnancy, to the first year or your baby’s life, George draws upon his own experiences, as well as those of his friends and medical professionals, to bring an honest account of the trials, tribulations and jubilations of becoming a parent.

The book was helpfully broken down into small sections which made it so easy to go “just another bit more….”. What I really appreciated was the honesty behind each section; for example, admitting it’s perfectly normal not to bond with baby straight away, to find things challenging, to get emotional, to make mistakes, and generally find that, as wonderful your child is, they can be a bit of an arse at times! There was no preaching, there was the absolute acceptance that being parents is completely different for all. The anecdotes from other comedians also featured a same sex couple and I think it’s so important to acknowledge that parenting is just the nuclear family model, it comes in all shapes and sizes.

I’m going to be keeping Don’t Panic on my shelf and, if we do get to that stage in our life, I will give it to my lovely partner to read before he becomes a father to a human (again, not counting the menagerie here!). If you have children, if you are expecting a child, or you have a friend who is, I would highly recommend Don’t Panic.

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