"Maternity: Real Stories of Motherhood is a reassuring and entertaining read for every mother, particularly for any woman new to the role. It discusses all of the different facets of motherhood, from dealing with issues of identity to relating to the in-laws, working, relationships, health, safety, housework, schooling and all those tricky questions children ask, often at the most inopportune moments. Francesca Newby has interviewed hundreds of mothers and shares their often funny experiences of raising children. Without offering advice on how to bring up kids -something others seem all too willing to do - this book reassures the reader that there is an infinite number of ways to be a mother."
Francesca Newby was born in the UK but grew up in Western Australia. She has also lived in India, Tokyo and London. Francesca's 'career path' reflects her peripatetic lifestyle, with jobs in theatre, television and writing dominating. Francesca currently lives in Sydney with her husband and three children and writes for magazines and television.