Mum's books

Mum's books


Mothers Grimm

Mothers Grimm

Remember the story of Hansel and Gretel? Author Danielle Wood transforms the dark woods into a childcare centre in her dark stories about motherhood.

Sharing midwives' secrets

When Sally Hepworth was pregnant with her second baby, her husband would often come home to the sounds of a woman screaming her way through the final stages of labour.

Dream comes true for author

If working part time and raising two children wasn't enough, Abby Wilder has self-published her debut novel.

The return of Judy Blume

If Deenie, Tiger Eyes and Are You There God, It's Me Margaret helped you through your tweens, rejoice - Judy Blume is putting pen to paper again.

The mother of dragons

Best-selling fantasy author Robin Hobb writes of dragons, assassins and talking sailing ships, but she can't simply make it up.


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Maternal intimacy

We need to address child rearing in terms of intimacy rather than just a series of developmental milestones.

camilla lackberg

Nordic but not so noir

Camilla Lackberg is yet another of those fiendishly successful Scandinavian crime writers.


Bumpy reads

There are plenty of pregnancy books around but how many are relevant to NZ mums? Essential Mums readers give their verdicts.

Alicia silverstone

'Radiant pregnancy' and 'sexy labour'

Actress Alicia Silverstone has written a guide to help women attain 'supercharged fertility, a radiant pregnancy, and a sweeter birth'.

natalie cutler welsh and jacqui lockington

'If only they told me'

A new book by two Auckland women aims to lift the lid on how becoming a parent impacts every aspect of your life.

stressed mum

Living in Oberwhelmia

My mum friends and I all live in Overwhelmia. But, somehow, we usually find the time to get together and talk about having no time.


Romance reviews

There's just something about royalty and romance that attracts even the most jaded romance reader.

A pregnant woman

More myths busted

Will listening to Mozart really make your baby smarter? Is 'baby brain' during pregnancy real?


Myth-busting pregnancy book

"Is it normal to be turned off by sex after giving birth?" is not a question many women feel comfortable asking their doctor.

JK Rowling

JK Rowling pens another thriller

JK Rowling is back with a novel involving a writer whose acid-tipped pen may have led to murder.


Beating the baby blues

"It is believed that at the baby's birth a 'guilt chip' is inserted into every mother."


Face it, you're fat

Sam Pease lost 28 kilos in five months, but first she had to admit that she made herself overweight.

Stressed woman

What ails modern parents?

Three or four years ago the media could not stop talking about how miserable parents were.

Cam Diaz

Cameron's body advice

The ripped actress wants women to stop hating their bodies and start taking care of themselves properly.


Tiger Mom is back

Tiger Mom Amy Chua is back with a new parenting book - this time claiming some cultures make better parents than others.

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