This conversation is me chatting with former Greens MP, book reviewer, mother, blogger, occasional podcaster and the author of The Whole Intimate Mess (a mini memoir), Holly Walker. You can keep up to date with Holly’s writings and activities by checking out her website.
It was my first time meeting Holly – I loved her book (you can click that link above to read my review) and was interested in her story. She’s written some great pieces for Spinoff (both for the parenting columns and in book reviews) and she’s a voice on RNZ occasionally (again, book reviews). She is also co-host of the Dear Mamas podcast (with a previous repeat guest of Sweetman Podcast, Emily Writes). So it was nice to get a chance to sit down and talk with Holly – we went through both the writing of the book and the response to it; here she is essentially wrapping up the first leg of publicity/promo. We talked a bit about this review of the book by Deborah Coddington.
Holly is a mother, an advocate, a writer – and she had achieved so much at a young age. In some ways her book is a memoir of the failures rather than the successes – it’s unflinchingly honest, to the point where several people have told her she’s far too harsh on herself. So we talked through that concept too.
I hope you enjoy hearing our chat.
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