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A Home Companion: My Year of Living Like My Grandmother
A Home Companion: My Year of...

A Home Companion: My Year of Living Like My Grandmother


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Customer reviews

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful:
Review by Wendy on 12th November, 2010
5 stars "This book has changed my life!"

I didn't realise the amount of chemicals I was putting on and into my body on a daily basis, Wendyl has opened my eyes and I am embracing the “live like a nana” philosophy. A Home Companion is a wonderfully written book, with some sage advice, comedy and helpful hints – well worth having on your shelf, in fact mine is so well used its looking tattered already.

Review by Alexis on 2nd January, 2011
5 stars "A good book to read"

Ive enjoyed reading this book it brought back memories of little things I had forgotten about good recipes in this book from makeup remover & baby bath wash & baby wipes without chemicals from Alexis



Release date NZ
October 1st, 2010
Country of Publication
Allen & Unwin
All-time sales rank
Top 500
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The tale of a year-long journey from straight-talking, hard-bitten journalist to green goddess - complete with fabulous recipes and experimental disasters - all told in a smart, funny and self deprecating fashion.

Wendyl Nissen is well-known as a straight talking journalist whose career has seen her edit top-selling magazines, produce ground-breaking television documentaries and take on talkback radio callers without batting a heavily made-up eyelid. But what happened when she let three chickens called Marigold, Hillary and Yoko into her life on 24 October 2008?
A Home Companion details Wendyl's year-long journey towards self sufficiency. The book details each home discovery as it happens - both the triumphs and the disasters - while Wendyl slowly sheds her corporate life and takes to wearing yards of muslin, leather sandals and forgets to straighten her hair.
A Home Companion is the book for any woman who finds herself yearning to get her hands covered in soil, rid her house of nasty chemicals, nurture her family and become a green goddess - even if it's just at the weekends.

About Wendyl Nissen

Wendyl Nissen is a journalist and broadcaster who writes popular columns in the Herald on Sunday, the New Zealand Woman's Weekly and New Zealand Gardener. She is also the creator of her own Wendyl's Green Goddess brand of natural cleaning products. Her catchphrase is 'It's okay to be a Nana'.