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‘If people knew how bad this was,’ I said to a friend two weeks after the birth, nipples flashing red like emergency lights under my dressing-gown, ‘they would be sterilised on their thirteenth birthdays.’

It sometimes feels like there’s a rule for parents: if you’re going to say anything mildly unhappy about parenting, you must also be at pains to stress that it is all worth it. What joy! What wonder! How lucky we are! But then there’s the crying. And the body horror. The tearing and the leaking. And the crippling isolation. And the sleep deprivation. And somehow a dead rat in the cubbyhouse and the endless judgement of peers and neighbours and the internet.

But fear not. Ashe Davenport is here. And she’s not afraid to say it’s f--ked. Unapologetic and frank, Sad Mum Lady navigates the joys of motherhood in ways that will be familiar, hilarious and essential listening for parents and non-parents alike. Savage, true and deeply relatable - finally, an audiobook that resists the sanitised, acceptable face of parenting. You might not feel better, but at least you’ll feel less alone.

©2020 Ashe Davenport (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"If David Sedaris and Sheila Heti had a baby...well, there’s a lot to unpack there. But the ensuing stories would be brutal and hilarious and endlessly readable. And they’d look a bit like Sad Mum Lady." (Michael Williams)

"Ashe Davenport captures the complexity of motherhood with astonishing humour, candour and humanity.’" (Georgie Dent)

"As sharp and painful as LEGO underfoot, but infinitely funnier." (Jessica Dettmann)

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You'll never regret listening to this book

You'll love, you'll cry, you'll cringe at that cliche - but it's true!! This book is fantastic. I never bother to leave reviews but I'll bother for this one. Happy listening, mumma! We are not alone.

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LOLs and affirming nods galore

I loved this so much, thank you for sharing Ashe. I related hard to so many of your thoughts and experiences.

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She gets it.

Sad, beautiful journey traversing the fierce love and feelings of isolation experienced in pregnancy, PND, mum-ing and general life. It’s funny too, often the laugh/cry kind. Ashe doesn’t shy from all the tough and unsaid components in muming and it’s cathartic for them to be articulated.

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