Mama Mia

Having babies can be hard. Having a career can be hard. Having a successful relationship can be hard. But all three at once?

This is not a book about having it all. Or not having it all.

When she became an editor at 24 and had a baby nine months later, Mia Freedman simply knew she wanted to be successful at everything she did, at home and at work. And then she woke up.
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Mama Mia

A memoir of mistakes, magazines and motherhood

By Mia Freedman

ISBN13: 9780732281892

RRP $29.99


Synopsis

Having babies can be hard.  Having a career can be hard.  Having a successful relationship can be hard.  But all three at once?

This is not a book about having it all.  Or not having it all.

When she became an editor at 24 and had a baby nine months later, Mia Freedman simply knew she wanted to be successful at everything she did, at home and at work.  And then she woke up.

Over the next decade she would experience the giddy highs and guilty lows of being a working mother.  She would manage a staff of 70 but forget to pick up her son from after-school care.  Twice.  She would create sealed sections by day and read bedtime stories by night.  She would wear a maternity bra under fashion-forward clothes that would make her look like a lactating cast member from Cirque du Soleil.  She would rock the magazine world by using larger models and then be blasted by some feminists for not doing enough.

Newspaper columnist, author and former magazine editor Mia Freedman has been called the voice of her generation, and in Cereal for Dinner she writes candidly about the myth of perfection so many high profile women try to maintain.

From the hearbreak of infertility to the joy of pregnany this book is about being a wife, mother, friend, daughter, boss, employee and media personality - all at once.  It's about kicking big life goals early and often, and the surprising things that happen when you walk away from everything you thought you wanted.

 

About the Author

Mia Freedman became editor of Australian Cosmopolitan at the age of 24 - the youngest ever woman to edit the magazine in the world.  She want on to become Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan, Cleo and Dolly.

She is a sought-after commentator on television and radio, and currently writes a popular column for the Sun-Herald and the Sunday Age.  She also has her own website www.mamamia.com.au.

Mia lives in Sydney with her husband, three children, dog and two ducks.

 

Review

I always enjoy reading biographies, particularly the raw, no-holds-barred accounts where the glossy media images of super-human perfection are stripped away to reveal that the person beneath all the facade is just as prone to vulnerability, heartache and making mistakes as the rest of us mere mortals.  Mama Mia delivers all this and more.

Mia Freedman's memoir is witty, moving, heart-warming and inspirational.  Mothers from all walks of life along with their supportive (or is that suffering?) partners will relate with ease to Mia's account of her life thus far: from a naiive but driven young girl to a confident successful media personality and all the challenges she met along the way.

As an editor myself - balancing work, motherhood and marriage - I applaud Mia for breaking down the barriers and sharing not only her triumths but also the struggles she has faced.  It takes a great deal of courage to admit your imperfections, but as Mia identifies: "If we could all be more truthful and less competitive about mothering, the world would be a happier and less guilty place."

Mama Mia is an absolutely superb read and without a doubt one of the most memorable books I have had the pleasure of devouring this year!

 

Reviewed by: Franciska

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