Earlier Works

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Is This My Beautiful Life?

2015 Allen & Unwin

The deeply honest, funny, gut-wrenching and touching memoir from journalist, celebrity, wife, mother, television presenter and author, Jessica Rowe.

Journalist, celebrity, television presenter, author, ambassador for beyondblue and patron of its work on post-natal depression, Member of the Order of Australia, risk-taker, social commentator, charity worker, public speaker, passionate mother and wife, Jessica Rowe is all of these things, and more.

In this extraordinary memoir, Jessica reveals herself as a woman who thought it would be easy to have it all, to do it all. But what was supposed to be her beautiful life derailed in the very public collapse of her television career, her long struggle to conceive, her fears and what she believed to be failings as a mother and in her professional life, and the diagnosis of post-natal depression.

Deeply honest, funny, gut-wrenching and touching this book will be treasured by women who don't feel they fit the mould of the perfect woman; women who understand that in life, 'having it all' may develop a different meaning; and women suffering from post-natal depression, who will be encouraged that it's okay to ask for help.

 
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Love. Wisdom. Motherhood.

2013 Allen & Unwin

Heartwarming, inspirational, funny and revealing, Jessica Rowe interviews some of Australia's most influential women about their experience of becoming a mother.

Each year, every year, new mothers face all sorts of challenges in their mothering - some expected, and many entirely surprising.

Thinking about balancing children, life, relationships and work, the perennial question women pose is 'Can I have it all?' - but sometimes the truer question is, 'Can I get through this?'

Discussing with eleven extraordinary women what it means to be a mother, Jessica Rowe reveals the obstacles they encountered along the way, the joys and the heartache, the myths and the realities. Featuring exceptionally honest conversations with these fascinating women-Lisa McCune, Heidi Middleton, Elizabeth Broderick, Wendy Harmer, Collette Dinnigan, Maggie Tabberer, Tina Arena, Quentin Bryce, Nova Peris, Gail Kelly, Darcey Bussell and a chapter from Jessica herself-the ultimately joyous and shared nature of the motherhood journey is revealed.

With humour and great humanity, Love. Wisdom. Motherhood. is inspirational.

 
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The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

2005 Allen & Unwin

Penelope and Jessica Rowe have something in common, Bipolar disorder. Penelope has lived with it for over forty-five years although she was not diagnosed until her early thirties. Jessica has lived with it all her life - as the eldest child of an ill mother. This is their story about coping with an unpredictable enemy, and the way in which, with the support of family and friends, they managed to get through each day and survive.

Penelope brought up her three daughters as a single mother, struggled in a variety of jobs, published novels and short stories and, became a regular face on the wards of mental hospitals. Jessica unknowingly submerged her own sense of grief and resentment as she took on the responsibility for the well-being of her mother and her two younger sisters during the frequent times that Penelope was ill.

Without a hint of self pity, mother and daughter tell their stories - ultimately showing the underlying love within their family that has provided both strength and resolve. Depression has played a large and difficult part in their lives but it is only one part and despite all, their journey is a hopeful one.

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times is a joyful affirmation of the resilience, tenacity and courage of the human spirit and the all-encompassing power of unconditional love.