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Complex, emotive, powerful, momentous, consequential, evocative – motherhood is a birthplace of incredible stories.

Unconditional love, selflessness, strength, loyalty, grit, tenacity, empathy: there are many truly admirable traits that good mothers share. But nobody’s perfect. And most mothers will also attest to feelings of guilt, self-doubt, ineptitude, fear and anxiety. Just as there is a gamut of maternal experiences, there are many pathways to joining the ’hood. And because no two parenting stories are the same, there is much we can all learn from sharing them. From the rib-tickling to the tear-jerking, the unsettling to the uplifting, here are some stories from beyond the womb.

  • Award-winning writer Mary K. Pershall details her heart-rending personal experience of raising a beloved child who couldn't cope with reality, and ends up in a maximum-security prison convicted of murder.

  • Lee Barnett eluded the FBI for almost two decades after fleeing the US with her young daughter, eventually settling on the Sunshine Coast. Then, after eighteen years, her luck ran out.

  • Australia's favourite women share what they wish they'd known about life with a newborn, in this funny, moving collection edited by Jamila Rizvi

  • Vintage Minis bring you the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human – from birth to death and everything in between

  • The Sunday Times and Irish Top Ten Bestselling book about motherhood.

  • A manifesto for achieving a new equality between the sexes in family life, drawing on international research and case studies.

  • Real, candid, and maybe just a little bit R-rated, hilarious moms and best friends Cat and Nat (who have more than a million fans on social media) share their stories and insights to lift moms up when they’re feeling low, reassure them when they’re feeling overwhelmed, and make them laugh like they’re talking to their own best friend.

  • A wonderfully original and heartfelt comic novel about one woman's mission to reignite the passion in her marriage - and rediscover herself.

  • Like the live readings, the anthology Listen to Your Mother is a brutally honest look at modern motherhood.  It showcases the experiences of ordinary people of different races, genders, and ages, and takes readers on a journey through motherhood in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor. 

  • Ali Wong’s heartfelt and hilarious letters to her daughters cover everything they need to know in life, like the unpleasant details of dating, how to be a working mum in a male-dominated profession, and how she trapped their dad.

  • In entrancing, lyrical prose, The Mothers asks whether a “what if” can be more powerful than an experience itself. If, as time passes, we must always live in servitude to the decisions of our younger selves, to the communities that have parented us, and to the decisions we make that shape our lives forever.

  • ‘Think Sex and the City with less sex and more nappies’ Ladies First

  • A stirring new gathering of poems about motherhood from award-winning poet, Liz Berry (author of Black Country)

  • A chilling new novel about motherhood, luck and animal instinct, from the Man Booker-longlisted author of The Water Cure

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