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When Ann Leary and her husband, then unknown actor-comedian Denis Leary, flew to London in the early nineties for a brief getaway during Ann's second trimester of pregnancy, neither anticipated the adventure that was in store for them. The morning after their arrival, Ann's water broke as they strolled through London's streets. A week later their son, Jack, was born weighing only two pounds, six ounces, and it would be five long months before mother and son could return to the States.

In the meantime, Ann became an unwitting yet grateful hostage to Britain's National Health Service -- a stranger in a strange land plunged abruptly into a world of breast pumps and midwives, blood oxygen levels, mad cow disease, and poll tax riots. Desperately worried about the health of her baby, Ann struggled to adapt to motherhood and make sense of a very different culture. At once an intimate family memoir, a lively travelogue, and a touching love story, An Innocent, a Broad is utterly engaging and unforgettable.

Topics: Parenting

Published: HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780062032379
List price: $10.99
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Pregnancy & birth memoir from the able pen of Leary, who found herself stranded in England after her water broke when she was just 26 weeks pregnant. Delightful, but not for the currently expecting, as there are many close shaves and scary bits.more
An excellent, heartfelt story. As a huge fan of the author's husband for many years and a long time before he became "famous", I was quite delightfully surprised that he didn't get the lion's share of attention in the book, but rather limited, yet perfectly placed, cameos. I can't imagine having to go through such an experience, yet after reading Leary's accounting of such a traumatic time in their lives, I am convinced this book doesn't stop with a delighful, heartwarming read, but will actually provide encouragement for others that find themselves in a similar predicament in their futures.more
I loved this book. During our first pregnancy we traveled to London for a business trip for my husband so it was neat that I could really see how their circumstance affected their life.more
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Pregnancy & birth memoir from the able pen of Leary, who found herself stranded in England after her water broke when she was just 26 weeks pregnant. Delightful, but not for the currently expecting, as there are many close shaves and scary bits.more
An excellent, heartfelt story. As a huge fan of the author's husband for many years and a long time before he became "famous", I was quite delightfully surprised that he didn't get the lion's share of attention in the book, but rather limited, yet perfectly placed, cameos. I can't imagine having to go through such an experience, yet after reading Leary's accounting of such a traumatic time in their lives, I am convinced this book doesn't stop with a delighful, heartwarming read, but will actually provide encouragement for others that find themselves in a similar predicament in their futures.more
I loved this book. During our first pregnancy we traveled to London for a business trip for my husband so it was neat that I could really see how their circumstance affected their life.more
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