Book Club (June, 2015)

Here’s the reading list for April’s book club. We’ve got tales of motherhood from some of Australia’s best writers, tips on building a stylish career, and a couple of reads to put a smile on your face…!

Screen shot 2015-04-11 at 8.21.00 PMImpressive: How to Have a Stylish Career by Kirstie Clements (Melbourne University Press, $37.75)

They say never judge a book by its cover, but let’s face it, when it comes to your career, appearances can make the difference between landing an interview, getting the job and achieving that promotion – or not. And we’re not just talking appropriate clothes and un-chipped nail polish. How we carry ourselves, how we present – it all makes a difference. So if you’re going to be judged like a book cover, you want that book to be written by Kirsty Clements.

Kirstie Clements is the former editor-in-chief of Vogue, bestselling author and judge on Australia’s Next Top Model, and together with an impressive array of industry insiders, Kirsty gives her expert opinions on how to get the job you want, get noticed and get ahead.

Whether you work in a glamour industry or simply want a competitive edge, Impressive‘s secrets will arm you for success. Shop the book.


Screen shot 2015-04-11 at 8.37.20 PMMothermorphosis: Australia’s Best Storytellers Write About Becoming a Mother edited by Monica Dux (Melbourne University Press, $27.99)

The experience of motherhood is a kaleidoscope of amazing highs, devastating lows, incredible joy, guilt – and every other emotion! In Mothermorphosis , some of Australia’s most respected writers and storytellers share their own experiences of motherhood.

There are stories of the longing for a child, the many ways in which maternal love is expressed, the weirdness and the naturalness of motherhood: stories that will make you laugh and cry and nod knowingly.

The beauty of Mothermorphesis is that it shines a light on the differences of every woman’s experience of motherhood, at the same time offering reassurance in the similarities of the challenges and the joys. Shop the book.


Screen shot 2015-04-11 at 8.40.37 PMWhere the Wild Mums Are by Katie Blackburn and Sholto Walker (Allen and Unwin, $19.99)

I smile every time I look at this book – and not just because of it’s brilliant channeling of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. This book has special appeal for any mum who’s ever dreamed of letting go.

The story tells of the day Mum didn’t get dressed and went on strike. Dad called her ‘a Wild Thing’, Mum said ‘Cook your own dinner’ and stomped off upstairs to have a bath…and that’s when the fun begins.

This great little book is the perfect gift for baby showers, new mums – or any mum who’s ever wanted to go on strike. Shop the book.


Screen shot 2015-04-11 at 8.46.35 PMThe Collected Minutes of the Bad Mothers’ Meeting by Annemarie Fleming (Jane Curry Publishing, $19.95)

Does this sound familiar? You don’t know what you’re doing most of time; don’t really care about the latest educational toy; and just handed your child a chocolate bar and sat him in front of the TV just so you can put some laundry on? Sometimes think you are the worst mum on earth? Join the club! No really, join the club.

Author Annemarie Fleming is the general secretary of the Bad Mother’s Club – a secret group of women who get together everything at home becomes just a little too much. You know those days.

This cute little book contains the Minutes from their regular meetings. Along with loads of laughs, it contains more than a few tips to help you navigate your way through motherhood. Shop the book.



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