Emily Rhodes

The unexpected joys of working while pregnant

I’ve never seen so many customers grinning as they left the bookshop

‘You are like my cat.’

So I was told when eight-and-a-half months pregnant, just before going on maternity leave from the bookshop. I had hauled myself up from putting a book away on the bottom shelf — no mean feat when one is quite so heavily spherical — and this cat-loving young woman had caught me exhaling a little too vociferously.

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