Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Divided Heart

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.

4 comments:

Rachel said...

Ah, Damon, you're great. Many thanks. And congratulations on your own new literary achievement! So looking forward to reading your orphans, no doubt well-brought up and more than ready to take on a life of their own. How liberating for you! Looking forward to a few laughs with you and Catherine at Readings...
Cheers,
Rachel

Damon said...

Thanks Rachel - I really enjoyed your book. I also read Jane Sullivan's review, which was nice.

Yes, my orphans are now on the shelves at Readings, clothed only in their 'special price' and 'signed by the author' stickers. I hope you enjoy Distraction.

See you at Readings on the 30th!

ausxser said...

Hello Damon

I've read Rachel Powers book and found you via her blog.

I am now looking forward to picking up a copy of your latest!

Cheers
Tannia

Damon said...

Welcome, Tannia - and thank you.

If you find the book (it's not at Angus & Robertson, or all the Dymocks), I hope you like it!