There’s no manual for raising a child. But there are an awful lot of books. Lucy Clark’s Beautiful Failures questions the purpose and pressures of childhood, the latest The Chaser Quarterly is about parenting, and editor Charles Firth shares some of the insights about creativity and parenting. In Still Lucky Rebecca Huntley explored questions including, ‘why do we over-parent?’. Chloe Shorten has been at the parenting frontline, and her book Take Heart: A Story for Modern Stepfamilies is a warts-and-all examination of the challenges of blending families and the social stigma faced by those who don’t fit the norm. A must-have conversation for our times – you’re guaranteed to feel the prick of guilty recognition more than once. 

Curated by Rebecca Huntley.

Lucy Clark (Australian)

Lucy Clark is a journalist and author of 32 years experience in newspapers and magazines in London, New York, and Sydney. Her book Beautiful Failures : How The Quest for Success is Harming our Kids looks at the broken education system through journalistic investigation and personal experience. She is currently a senior editor at The Guardian Australia.