Having a baby is one of those watershed moments in life where one door closes and another opens. It is a chance to rub your eyes and really see what is in front of you, to celebrate all that you are and all that you can be. To feel real love and to understand  your place in the grand scheme of things but while experiencing motherhood allows us to develop an applied wisdom it doesn’t mean that motherhood makes us wise and that is what I got out of this book.

Jessica Rowe is a well-known figure here in Australia, a regular news reader and TV celebrity who has been broadcast into our living rooms for well over a decade and as such she has been able to secure interviews with 11 other high-achieving and well-known mothers including Darcey Bussell, Quentin Bryce, Maggie Tabberer and Gail Kelly.  The short interview style stories and anecdotes that follow make for light and pleasant reading as we hear about careers put on hold, flights and meetings organised around nannies, tugged heart-strings, competing priorities and shattered confidence.  Interesting as these stories were (and yes, it is nice to know that everyone has the same problems) I felt that the self-knowledge  earned on this most pivotal of journeys was not really explored in enough depth and that, I  feel is a shame.  I assume that this is due to the fact that the book was created out of a series of one-off conversations with famous women rather than it being constructed over a longer and more organic time frame.

The book is just right for those of us struggling through the early days of motherhood when we just want to know that we are not alone, it is […]