The Whole Intimate Mess

The Whole Intimate Mess

Motherhood, Politics, and Women's Writing

“I knew that to tell this story, I would have to be brave and radically honest. I would need to find my voice, and get over any fears, insecurities and excuses not to use it. The best way I could think to do this was to surround myself with the voices of other women who had already done it.”

A Rhodes scholar and former Green MP, Holly Walker tells her story of how she became one of New Zealand’s youngest parliamentarians, how motherhood intervened, and how she found solace and solidarity in the writings of women. This short book makes a passionate case for the role of literature in political change and personal resilience, and for the importance of women’s voices in the public sphere.

What are BWB Texts?

BWB Texts are short books on big subjects by great New Zealand writers. Commissioned as short digital-first works, BWB Texts unlock diverse stories, insights and analysis from the best of our past, present and future New Zealand writing.

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Print publication:
Ebook publication: Jun 2017
RRP: $14.99
ISBN: 9780947518912
DOI: 10.7810/9780947518912