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The Wife Drought

Narrated by: Annabel Crabb
Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
Categories: History, 21st Century
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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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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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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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  • Emer
  • Australia
  • 16-06-2019

Fantastic eye opening book

This book clarifies a lot about what holds women back at work in Australia like our outdated cultural expectations. For example, how women are still held responsible for the cleanliness of their house, even if they work as many hours as their husbands and how women are just expected to be highly competent mothers whereas people fall over themselves to praise men for even the most tiny of parenting tasks. It also looks at what holds men back from taking time off from work to be with their children, from the exclusive language of things like "mothers group" to the much higher likelihood of having their request for work flexibility denied compared with women, as well as the highly conflicting expectations placed on men for them to be masculine breadwinners whilst being sensitive but not weak. Also, how fathers are automatically considered better workers with associated pay rises whilst women pay a motherhood penalty.

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How do I get my husband to read this?

I’ve never wanted to scream YES at my phone so much in my life. Annabel Crabb is describing my life!

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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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not for me

i found this one hard to follow it does seem to be very anti male .. well to me anyway

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Very enjoyable

I loved listening to this book, very informative but also laugh out loud funny, highly recommend it

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Entertaining and stimulating

This was a week researched book but it also manages to be very entertaining and interesting as well. Annabel Crabb has a great voice for narration and I am glad it was read by the author. Not a particularly short book but I found myself surprised and a little disappointed when it finished.

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everyone should read this

It is with unabashed irony that I admit to waiting to be able to listen to this book on Audible in order to get other things done at the same time. (Single Mother of Two)

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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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-10-2018

My Annabel Crabb crush just went up a notch.

Eye opening, thought provoking reading for everyone.
She articulates the issues so well, and it is probably the first time I’ve heard such a balanced discussion in terms of the impacts of our modern life on both genders. It has cemented some thoughts in my mind and opened my eyes to some new perspectives too.
Annabel narrating the book herself adds to its enjoyment. Her natural passion comes through.