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  • Published: 3 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9780670073696
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 784
  • RRP: $59.95

Women's Stuff

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A funny, practical, indispensible, no-taboo guide to life, based on solid research and a survey of 7000 Aussie women.

Whether you're starting or ending a relationship, a friend has found a lump in her breast, you're in debt, your partner's lost interest in sex or you don't know whether to believe the moisturiser label, Women's Stuff is your must-have guide, from leaving school to menopause and beyond.

It's also the ultimate fib detector - Kaz has sifted the facts and tested the claims, exposing the lies women are told about cosmetics, other products and their health, and explaining which info you can trust and how to find the truth about everything. It covers the practical side of life, including work, money and homemaking, as well as getting to know and make friends with your body, family, mental and physical health, and sex and relationships.

Three years in preparation, this guide book to making the most of yourself and your life includes the quotes and comments of more than 7000 women from all over the world, sharing their innermost thoughts on everything from sex to housework, drinking problems and hopes for the future. Providing info at your fingertips, if and when you need it, whichever stage your life is at, Women's Stuff will save you money and make you happier.

  • Pub date: 3 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9780670073696
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 784
  • RRP: $59.95

About the Author

Kaz Cooke

Kaz Cooke is a bestselling author and cartoonist whose books have informed and tickled Australians and New Zealanders for more than twenty years. Her books include Up the Duff: The Real Guide to Pregnancy, Babies & Toddlers: The Sequel to Up the Duff, Girl Stuff 8-12, Girl Stuff 13+: Your Full-on Guide to the Teen Years - all updated each year; Women's Stuff, the children's picture books Wanda Linda Goes Beserk and The Terrible Underpants, and the novel Ada. With a background in journalism, she's a mum who enjoys reseach, toast and having a good lie down.


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Praise for Women's Stuff

“Not so much a book as a 770-page compendium of womanhood. Packed with advice on everything from food to moods to workplace bullies to money management (including a caution against sugar daddies). Buy it for the house and hope your teenage daughter falls over it and learns some sense. Or your mum.”

Australian Women's Weekly

“A must-have guide to life's challenges from relationships to health, housework and sex, with comments and quotes from women around the world.”

B Magazine

“This book ticks all the boxes for funny but, like all Cooke's work, is also packed with useful info. There's everything from fashion and flirting to managing your money and escaping an abusive relationship. This easy-to-read life bible will be awesome when the going gets tough, you need some advice, or if you just feel like a laugh.”


“It's a best friend in book form, a complete guide to how to get your life together and face any challenge at any age (and) the ultimate fib detector - Kaz has sifted the facts and tested the claims, exposing the lies women are told about cosmetics, other products and their health ...”


“Cooke gets the tone just right ... warm, funny when the subject matter warrants it, factual without ever being bossy.”

Herald Sun

“A manifesto for the modern Australian woman ... chock-a-block with oestrogen-charged information and advice (and) delivered with Cooke's signature irreverent and razor-sharp repartee.”

Melbourne Weekly

“Bound to become your best friend in book-format, this is a must have guide to women's health, body image sex and relationships.”

Mindfood magazine

“Irresistible read.”

Real Living

“(Kaz Cooke's Women Stuff) will cement her position as Australia's best-selling author of womanly advice ... Just as Australian women grab (Stephanie) Alexander's book to figure out what to do with extra lemons, they read Cooke for guidance ...”

Saturday Age

“Hooray for Kaz Cooke! Not content with being a cartoonist with an innate ability to make you grin, she also writes best-selling guides. This new work, the size and price of a serious cookbook, considers Australian women ... It is an encyclopaedia for dipping into and could even do serious damage when thrown at a burglar. Invaluable.”

Sunday Age

“Fun, friendly and serious by turn, it's not designed to be read from cover to cover, more to be dipped into at will as questions and issues arise. There's no 'fibs, faff or fakery' here, ladies. This best friend gives it to you straight and with the best of intentions.”

Sunday Mail (Brisbane)

“A comprehensive book of advice for women that covers everything from sex and study to sickness and shopping – and an enormous amount in between.”

The Mercury

Awards & Recognition

  • Australian Book Industry Awards

    Shortlisted • 2012 • General Non-Fiction Book of the Year

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