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Sad Mum Lady - Ashe Davenport

Sad Mum Lady

By: Ashe Davenport

Paperback | 16 June 2020

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If David Sedaris and Sheila Heti had a baby… well, there'd be a lot to unpack there. But the ensuing stories would be brutal and hilarious and endlessly readable. And they'd look a bit like Sad Mum Lady.

'If people knew how bad this was,' I said to a friend two weeks after the birth, nipples flashing red like emergency lights under my dressing-gown, 'they would be sterilised on their thirteenth birthdays.'

It sometimes feels like there's a rule for parents: if you're going to say anything mildly unhappy about parenting, you must also be at pains to stress that it is all worth it. What joy! What wonder! How lucky we are!

But then there's the crying. And the body horror. The tearing and the leaking. And the crippling isolation. And the sleep deprivation. And somehow a dead rat in the cubbyhouse and the endless judgement of peers and neighbours and the internet.

But fear not. Ashe Davenport is here. And she's not afraid to say it's fucked.

Unapologetic and frank, Sad Mum Lady navigates the joys of motherhood in ways that will be familiar, hilarious and essential reading for parents and non-parents alike. Savage, true and deeply relatable - finally, a book that resists the sanitised, acceptable face of parenting. You might not feel better, but at least you'll feel less alone.

About the Author

Ashe is a Melbourne-based author and family columnist for The Design Files. Her debut book began as a personal blog called Sad Pregnant Lady, which would become Sad Mum Lady. These days she's a mother of two, and a somewhat happier person.
Industry Reviews
'Funny and sad, wise and vulnerable: Ashe Davenport's memoir of motherhood rang truer for me than any other book on the subject, perhaps including my own.' Lauren Sams

'Hilarious and heartbreaking. Ashe Davenport captures the complexity of motherhood with astonishing humour, candour and humanity.' Georgie Dent

'Davenport's writing is glassy and sharp, capturing the painful heart of motherhood with eye-watering clarity. There are corners around which no one could reasonably expect a laugh to be lurking, but often that's where Davenport has found them. Sad Mum Lady is as sharp and painful as LEGO underfoot, but infinitely funnier.' Jessica Dettmann

'The essays in this collection are unashamed, affording the same candour to the realities of motherhood on both the flesh and the mind. Any resistance the reader might feel to reading about mucus plugs or maternal rage is dismantled by Davenport's natural humour.' The Age

'[Sad Mum Lady] is the opposite to the industry-generated manuals, shopping lists and official advice that can make new parents feel so helpless.' The Canberra Times

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