In this week's The Big Issue magazine (26th Aug-8th Sep), I've a review of Rachel Power's new book, The Divided Heart. Subtitled 'Art and Motherhood', it's an intriguing, hilarious, shocking and saddening collection. I've written:
Refreshingly, these are stories of real parenthood - not excerpts from scripts for an election campaign or margarine ad. They portray it as a very personal and unpredictable achievement that can give rise to considerable ambivalence. ... But...this is a book for everyone who laments the daily juggling act...and does it all, anyway.
For all those whose life involves nappies and Nietzsche, sleeplessness and Cezanne, this is a must-read. And for everyone else: pick it up anyway, and explore the balancing act that is any life lived fully.