A lot of the time I get introduced to amazing mamas through other amazing mamas that I know well and love. While this is one of my favourite things, it’s also pretty cool to be able to usher a mum into the #sisterhood fold who perhaps is a little new to the mama scene. Ladies and gents, mums and dads, let me introduce you to London-based mama and author of my new favourite book The Good Enough Mother (available on Amazon)
– Anoushka Beazley. I was given the book by my husband’s best friend, via my husband who handed it to me with a mumble about how I should read it because Ben (his best friend) knows I’m into mums. I mean, he isn’t wrong, I just think there’s a better way of phrasing it. Anyway, I digress. Anoushka has created a book about a mother yes, but more importantly a woman, that’s laugh-out-loud in a dark and satirical kind of way…a little bit like motherhood now that I come to think of it. Anyway, read on. She’s ace.
Anoushka’s debut novel: The Good Enough Mother.
WHAT IS // THE good enough mother?:
Debut novel; satirical black comedy set within women’s commercial fiction genre.
HOW DID // the good enough mother COME TO BE?
My father passed away and my life started to become unrecognisable; a slow unravelling which eventually led to an anxiety attack. In the midst of all this I sat down to write hoping to distract myself a moment from my life.
BEST THING // ABOUT creating the good enough mother?
The way the book poured out of me. It was effortless and I felt like for the first time I had connected to the kind of creativity every artist dreams of.
WHO WHAT // INSPIRES YOU?
Lots of things. Friends. Strong women. Stories. Film. My children. My fear. Art which is both beautiful and surprising. Carly Simon’s ‘Let the River Run’ and theme tune from St Elmo’s Fire.
YOUR FASHION STYLE: Hip hop crossed with bohemian gypsy.
YOUR PARENTING STYLE: Strict, honest, loving obsessed with doing things differently to my parents, regularly doing the same as my parents.
BRANDS: Daylesford, Adidas, West Village
BEAUTY PRODUCT: Glitter Bronzer
BOOK OR FILM: Lace by Shirley Conran
WAY TO RELAX: Whiskey and Diet Coke, a cigarette and a good friend.
HOLIDAY DESTINATION: Sri Lanka.
THE LAST //
TEXT YOU SENT: Confirming it was my day to do the car pool school run.
THING YOU ATE: Homemade fishcake.
CALL YOU RECEIVED: From my husband about my daughter’s swimming class.
THING YOU BOUGHT: Eggs for the fishcake.
WHAT // CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT?
Love. Without it would make for a very sad existence.
WHAT IS // THE BEST ADVICE YOU RECEIVED?
It’s not your stuff; it’s theirs.
GUILTY PLEASURE //
Googling – occasionally – who my favourite celebrities are copulating with.