When a woman becomes a mother, her relationships, her professional identity and her sense of self will never be the same again. The presence of children does not simply add to the lives of parents, it transforms those lives completely. The precise nature of this transformation remains once of the best kept secrets of contemporary adult life, shrouded in a conspiracy of silence. For expectant mothers - whether that expectation is imminent or distant - The Mask of Motherhood provides a backstage look at the realities of contemporary mothering, from pregnancy and childbirth to the juggling act we all call 'working motherhood'.


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Columnist, author and social commentator Dr. Susan Maushart is a mother of three teenagers - and still finds time to be a control freak. She is a columnist for the Weekend Australian Magazine and is heard regularly on ABC Radio as host of the acclaimed online series Multiple Choice, and is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Western Australia. Her four books have been published in eight languages. She holds a PhD in Media Ecology from New York University. Maushart's first book was the award-winning "Sort of a Place Like Home". The bestselling "The Mask of Motherhood" was hailed by the London Times as "a feminist classic," and "Wifework: What Marriage Really Means for Women" started arguments right around the globe. "What Women Want Next" looked at the question of feminine fulfilment in a postfeminist world.

General Fields

  • : 9781741665345
  • : Random House Australia
  • : 0.34
  • : April 2006
  • : 198mm X 131mm X 26mm
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : TP
  • : 1
  • : 305.4