Oscar Wilde wrote, ‘All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does, and that is his.’ In this intimate discussion led by Louise Adler, three writers explore the relationships between mothers and children. Caroline Baum’s memoir Only recounts being caught between two damaged people. Nadja Spiegelman describes unravelling a web of family relationships in I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This. In Things That Helped, Jessica Friedmann lays bare her experience of post-partum depression.
Louise Adler (Australian)
Louise Adler is the chief executive of Melbourne University Publishing, president of the Australian Publishers Association and chair of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (fiction and poetry).