Review: Is This My Beautiful Life? by Jessica Rowe


Title: Is This My Beautiful Life?

Author: Jessica Rowe

Published: Allen & Unwin September 2015

Status: Read on September 13, 2015 — I own a copy   {Courtesy the publisher}

My Thoughts:

Is This My Beautiful Life? is the memoir of Jessica Rowe, best known as an Australian television news presenter, and ambassador for the organisation beyondblue.

Jessica Rowe writes candidly about her unsettled childhood as a result of her mother’s bipolar disorder, her legal battle with network Ten, the hurtful criticism leveled at her by the public and media, the loss of her job at Channel Nine, and her struggle to conceive via IVF. But it is her battle with post natal depression after the birth of her first child with 60 minutes journalist Peter Overton, that is the focus of this memoir.

Challenged by breastfeeding, uncertain about her instincts as a mother, and exhausted by the demands of a newborn, Jessica found herself overwhelmed. She is honest and open about being unable to admit to her increasing distress. She writes of her fears of developing a mental illness like her mother, of her feelings of failure, and her reluctance to reach out for help, despite the support of her husband and family.

Offering encouragement, sympathy and comfort to women who may find themselves struggling with ‘having it all’, Is This My Beautiful Life? is an open and touching read, addressing an important subject that affects around 1 in 7 Australian women.

*Please note I choose not to rate memoirs.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Deborah
    Sep 16, 2015 @ 13:24:14

    I feel as if I should read this but as you know I really don’t like reading non-fiction. I’m glad you enjoyed it though.



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