Love, Loose Pants, and the Quest for a Baby

  • Imprint: Summersdale
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • Price: £8.99
  • Publication date: 6 May 2013
  • ISBN: 9781849533980

About the book

‘Here again, Mr Cossey?’ asked the young Spanish embryologist, shooting me a welcoming smile as I followed him down the corridor. He had recognised me by sight and that wasn’t good. I was now the one thing you don’t want to be in a fertility clinic.

A regular.

Martha wanted a baby. Mark wanted a baby. What’s the worst that could happen?

In four years of baby-making boot camp, Mark and Martha face The Calendar, the joy of sober, scheduled sex, hostile cervical mucus, IUI and IVF. Through a combination of ignorance and outrage, Mark survives ejaculating into a small jar, stabbing his wife, having his sperm turned pink and group sex with whales.

Written with genuine laugh-out-loud humour and complete honesty, Trying is a noholds-barred welcome to the world of the infertile written by a man who has lived through it all and come through with his ultimate dream realised – his own family.

It says a lot when you can call two years of sleepless nights a happy ending.


'Whether or not you have any point of reference with infertility Trying is a warm, insightful and enormously entertaining story of a couple's bid for parenthood.'

Spirit FM Book Club

'Cossey uses humor brilliantly to relate the difficulty that he and his wife lived through when trying to start a family.'

Library Journal (US)