The deeply honest, funny, gut-wrenching and touching memoir from journalist, celebrity, wife, mother, television presenter and author, Jessica Rowe.
The fairytale I had dreamt up saw me still blazing ahead with my career, sharing the cooking and cleaning duties with my husband and having neat, tidy and well- behaved children who had beautifully brushed hair. But that was not my life.
Journalist, celebrity, television presenter, author, ambassador for beyondblue and patron of its work on post-natal depression, Member of the Order of Australia, risk-taker, social commentator, charity worker, public speaker, passionate mother and wife, Jessica Rowe is all of these things, and more. And in this extraordinary memoir, Jessica reveals herself as a woman who thought it would be easy to have it all, to do it all. But what was supposed to be her beautiful life derailed in the very public collapse of her television career accompanied by astonishingly hurtful public trolling, her long struggle to conceive, her fears and what she believed to be failings as a mother and in her professional life, and the diagnosis of post-natal depression.
Thankfully, with proper medical help, and that of her beloved husband and family, Jessica ultimately rediscovers her 'sparkle'.
Deeply honest, funny, gut-wrenching and touching this book will be treasured by women who don't feel they fit the mould of the perfect woman; women who understand that in life, 'having it all' may develop a different meaning; and women suffering from post-natal depression, who will be encouraged that it's okay to ask for help.
Jessica Rowe is a broadcaster and writer who, in a career spanning over twenty years, has worked at all the major Australian commercial television networks. She is currently a presenter on Channel 10's morning show, Studio 10.
Jessica is co-author of the bestselling book The Best of Times, The Worst of Times with her mother, Penelope Rowe. In her second book, Love, Wisdom, Motherhood, Jessica interviewed prominent women about their lives and shared their conversations.
Jessica is patron of the Mental Health Council of Australia and patron of beyondblue's work on post-natal depression. In 2015, she was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia for her long commitment to mental health advocacy and her broadcasting career. She lives in Sydney with her husband, journalist Peter Overton, and their two young daughters. Jessica is a graduate of the Faber Academy's Writing Memoir course.
A percentage of the purchase price of every book sold will be donated to beyondblue.
Is This My Beautiful Life?
Allen and Unwin
Author: Jessica Rowe