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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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Thought-provoking and great fun.

The Wife Drought was a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience. The book is full of thought-provoking insights and some jaw-dropping stats about work-life balance and households' domestic arrangements, but it also abounds in funny anecdotes and Annabel Crabb's deliciously amusing prose.

The author's narration is bright and expressive. Her own personal experiences that are woven throughout the narrative are humorous but also instructive. The title might make it sound like a feminist rant, but there's lots of sympathy for stay at home dads and corporate absentee fathers as well. Above all, as someone who loves language, I loved the sheer style of this book and it comes through loud and clear in the audio version.

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  • Perri
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  • 19-06-2018

Interesting analysis of modern families

Really interesting analysis of the role of the Wife in modern society and a new angle on the full-time parent/breadwinner discussion.

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Fantastic summation of the state of things.

I really liked it. Great mix of quantitative and qualitative data and contemporary examples of the complexities in play.

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Read this regardless of your wife status!

Loved this book! Would recommend for everyone regardless of your wife status!
Really appreciated the way Annabel gave balanced perspectives on each topic and opened my eyes to the idea and need to have men "lean out" at the same time as women "leaning in".

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Very funny

I enjoyed reading this book. Annabelle Crabb is just so funny and seems to turn a phrase so easily. However, there is a however. I spent a lot of time wondering what her point was. Perhaps I missed something, but it seemed to ramble from one anecdote to another without a clear sense of where it was going. I guess that's okay because it did come together at the end. The other however is that she didn't make any allowance for what people are naturally inclined to - which can be very much influenced by gender. If I ever met her, I'd have a chat about it. I love her talent, but think she could do more with it - she's got a voice and an audience, don't waste it. Look to what's true.

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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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  • 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.