In today’s clip, best-selling Australian writer Kathy Lette talks about the insecurities and boredom of being a mother.
“After I had children, I thought, ‘this is the hardest thing I’ve done’ and nobody talked about it. Everybody was pretending to be the perfect mother. I was (living) in England which made it worse because at least Australian women are much more honest and open with each other, but in England it’s ‘stiff upper everything’! “
“I remember saying I’m just not coping – I wanted to put them back in the condom-vending machine! English mothers would look at me and ask if I’d thought about therapy, so I thought I was the only one not coping”.
Kathy goes on to explain that when she wrote “Mad Cows” which blows up the concept that motherhood is the ultimate fulfilment for a woman, she took that ‘sacred cow’ and whacked in onto the barbeque! The response from her readers to the release of Mad Cows was overwhelming with women sharing their gratitude that someone had finally confessed about the difficulties of being a mum.
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.”