Welcome to Your New Life
‘You are fluid, composed of smoke or air, morphing between ectoplasm and skeleton. It is a dance, a cosmic strip show: a flash of spine, and then a rib cage, clean as a fish. Who is laying these bones down, one by one? Is it me who is making you, or are you making yourself?’
When Anna Goldsworthy, pianist and perfectionist, falls pregnant with her first child, her excitement is tempered by the daunting journey ahead. In Welcome to Your New Life, she shares the dizzying wonder and crippling anxiety that come with creating new life. Should she indulge her craving for sausage after sixteen years of not eating meat? Will her birth plan involve Enya or hypnosis, or neither? And just how worried should she be about her baby falling into a composting toilet?
This captivating memoir combines warmth and humour to reveal the love that binds families together. Welcome to Your New Life evokes the shock of plunging into a life-changing adventure and the kicking required to return to the surface.
- India - HarperCollins
'radiant truth-telling, straight-faced, savoury humour and rigorous honesty. It's simply beautiful, moving, generous - and welcome.'
- The Australian
'With sparkling prose, this is a story at once completely universal and incredibly vivid. You'll be sorry when you reach the end.'
- The Sydney Morning Herald
'This book does what great literature should: it tries to get a grip on life – the making of it, the living-and-loving it, the leaving it. Goldsworthy’s writing is so beautiful, so laser-acute and funny and moving that you feel you are living more vividly. Welcome to Your New Life seems essential to me now. I laughed and I cried and I absolutely loved it.'
- Anna Funder
'A keen-eyed, funny, tender, wonderful book.'
- Chloe Hooper
'...there are few books that have made me howl with laughter as this one has...she has an exquisite ability to recast the banal into another sphere....a deliciously subversive read.'
-The Melbourne Review
'You don't have to be a mother to enjoy this, just as you didn't have to be a musician to enjoy Piano Lessons. It leaves me already wishing for Anna Goldsworthy’s next book.'
- Australian Book Review
'warm, funny and candid'
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