In today’s clip, one of Australia’s most humorous authors, Kathy Lette explains her own inimitable recipe for balance, and how she makes it work despite her busy schedule.
A published author at the age of 17, Australian fiction writer Kathy Lette confesses to using writing as a cheap form of therapy.
In her novels, Kathy sugar-coats all the phases of a woman’s life with unrestrained humour. Her books span puberty, pregnancy, romance, marriage, motherhood and, more recently, menopause, which Kathy embraces with open arms.
Kathy has worked as a newspaper columnist and TV sitcom writer and has 13 published novels under her belt. Her first book, Puberty Blues, was made into a TV mini-series.
She has also been praised for the awareness she has brought to raising special-needs children with her book The Boy Who Fell to Earth. Kathy’s own son has Asperger’s syndrome and in this book she shares the candid quirkiness as well as the hurdles that this brings.
Kathy lives in London with her two children and husband Geoffrey Robertson, QC, a human rights lawyer.
About Kathy Lette
Kathy Lette first achieved succès de scandale as a teenager with the novel Puberty Blues, which was made into a major film and a TV mini-series. After several years as a newspaper columnist and television sitcom writer for Columbia Pictures in America, she wrote numerous international bestsellers including Mad Cows (which was made into a film starring Joanna Lumley and Anna Friel), How To Kill Your Husband And Other Handy Household Hints (recently staged by the Victorian Opera, Australia), To Love, Honour And Betray And “The Boy Who Fell To Earth” (soon to be filmed by Emily Mortimer). Her novels have been published in seventeen languages around the world. Kathy appears regularly as a guest on the BBC and Sky News. She is also an ambassador for Women and Children First, Plan International and the White Ribbon Alliance. In 2004 she was the London Savoy Hotel’s Writer in Residence where a cocktail named after her can still be ordered.
Kathy is an autodidact (a word she obviously taught herself) but in 2010, received an honorary doctorate from Southampton Solent University.
Kathy lives in London with her husband and two children. She cites her career highlights as once teaching Stephen Fry a word, Salman Rushdie, the limbo and scripting Julian Assange’s cameo in the Simpsons 500th episode.