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Secret Mothers' Business

(2006)
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One evening in late June a group of women friends get together at Louise's house. Natalie brings the red wine, Tamara some gluten-free delight as well as her fully charged mobile (her husband still can't seem to get two children to bed without calling her at least 6 times). Fiona will haul out her aromatherapy kit and they can count on Lou to bring along at least a kilo of chocolate.

It is a regular reunion for eight very different women, with very different lives, secrets and fantasies. The only unifying factor? They are all mothers.

Be warned, you will recognise yourself and your friends within these pages. These are real conversations with real women, and they are conversations we've all had: about our weight, our fantasies - sexual and otherwise, those school lunchboxes, mother's guilt, our partners, the endless struggle to balance work, housework, family and sanity, and the seemingly impossible task of deciding what to feed the family every single night of the goddamn week.

In the tradition of I Don't Know How She Does It, with just a hint of The Bride Stripped Bare, this is a book about the tenuous nature of mothering, the beauty and complexity of friendships, and the way in which women support - and judge - one another. It is a revealing look at where women go as mothers, and at just how far it is possible to go without quite going insane.

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Paperback Editions

September 2006 : South Africa Paperback
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Title: Secret Mothers' Business: One Night, Eight Women, No Kids, No Holding Back
Author(s): Joanne Fedler
ISBN: 1-77009-205-6 / 978-1-77009-205-1 (South Africa edition)
Publisher: Jacana Media (Pty) Ltd
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


January 2006 : Australia Paperback
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Title: Secret Mothers' Business: One night, eight women, no kids, no holding back
Author(s): Joanne Fedler
ISBN: 1-74114-715-8 / 978-1-74114-715-5 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

May 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Secret Mothers' Business
Author(s): Joanne Fedler
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


April 2006 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Secret Mothers' Business: One Night, Eight Women, No Kids, No Holding Back
Author(s): Joanne Fedler
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Availability: Amazon CA