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Publisher's Summary

'I need a wife'.

It's a common joke among women juggling work and family, but it's no joke. Having a spouse who takes care of things at home is a godsend on the domestic front and an asset on the work front and is an advantage enjoyed by vastly more men than women.

Full of candid and funny stories from politics and the media, The Wife Drought shares intriguing research about the attitudes pulsing beneath the surface of egalitarian Australia.

©2014 Annabel Crabb (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Crabb is an excellent writer, and the book is penned with the wry wit for which she is famous." ( Crikey)
"A modern classic.... This is the conversation we have to have." (Lisa Wilkinson)

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Better than Lean In - if you're Australian

There's a lot of sound logic and insight in here. I'd love books on this topic to focus less on the big earners in the population but I understand that's the author's primary context.

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A laugh when maybe it shouldn't be.

This is my first read (or rather, listen) of Annabel Crabb and I must say I'm thankful I did! This book is both heartbreaking and hilarious at once. Annabel was a beautiful way of making you cry with the reality of it all and laugh loudly at the absurdity of it.

I don't know if this was one of the intentions of this book, but I have come away feeling like my position in the world as a stay at home mum and wife is far more important than it is given credit for. So Thank you!

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Brilliant forward-looking view of gender politics!

Nice to find a book that looks at sensible reasons for the way things are, and suggests ways forward. The author's own voice also conveys a sense of curiosity and solution seeking to looking at the statistics. Doing work and home life better, integrating communication technology and new ideas is the way forward, as long as we think clearly about who we are and how we are shaped by assumptions and preconceptions.

I liked the chapter "Men are Awful, Women are Hopeless" particularly because although it examined these arguments for why social change is slow, it wasn't a bitter nihilist rant. It was a truthful examination of how unconscious presumptions shape our behaviour.

I'll definitely be reading more of Annabel Crabb in future! Highly recommended!

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  • Ali
  • 24-09-2016

Essential listening

Entertaining and important for men and women. This book will make you think differently. Really enjoyed it.

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what a great read

Annabel crabb is such a good narrator, and i really enjoyed this book! so interesting, so well researched

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Everyone Needs a Wife

Annabel Crabb's sense of humour and ability to create a narrative make this a great book to listen to. Understanding how the Australian national psyche perceives male and female roles lends new insight into work-life balance and the gender pay gap. A great book for anyone interested in the future of working families.

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  • Kat
  • 18-07-2017

Fresh take on some old issues

Inspiring work by Annabel Crabb. I enjoyed her logical and historical perspective on some pervasive issues. I also really liked her nuisanced narration. Highly recommend this book!

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Fantastic

Absolutely loved this, not only is the reading of it brilliant but the book is superb - for any person, whether in a partnership and/or with children or neither of those, who is looking to refashion traditional roles to suit them. Highly recommend!

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insightful, warm-hearted, beautifully narrated

A clearly articulated look into roles within and beyond the home. I thought Annabelle was compassionate and professional in her approach and really enjoyed the illustrative stories she shared. I highly recommend this book.

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  • johanna
  • 29-07-2017

Excellent new perspective on work life balance

Important for all working parents to read not just women. At times hilarious to the point of cry laughing.

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  • Odette
  • 03-06-2017

Highly recommend

Very educational. Provoked great discussion. Suggest all read and discuss. We can all contribute to change and improvement.

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  • Barry J. Marshall
  • 20-01-2017

Honest balanced and practical discussion of gender issues in politics.

Annabelle Crabbe is a respected journalist and celebrity. This book explains a lot and includes important historical data from interviews with personalities from Australian politics over the past 40 years. I enjoyed the book, it got me thinking. I would never read feminist literature so this is a milestone for me. I recommend it. I'm encouraged to "read" more Australian books.