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SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS WOMAN TV PRESENTER, HEAD OF A CHARITY...


psychologist who reflected on some of the case studies she’d had of things we hadn’t been through and had experience of to fill in the gaps! So it’s an all-round kind of survival guide... It’s a practical self-help guide really isn’t it? I stress the word practical. Yeah, it is self-help, but it’s more gritty and edgy, it’s not soft, it deals with issues.


You have a very special bond with your own mother who saw you through your dreadful attack in 2008 and the many operations and emotional trauma that followed; is this book also a celebration of that bond in parts? Yes, I think it is a celebration of that bond, but also a real honest look at that bond because actually sometimes you look at other people’s relationships and you think, I don’t like my mum, or I don’t get on with my mum, or I don’t feel that close to my mum, but it’s honest, as I haven’t always been that close to my mum. Like any relationship we have in our lives it can be a rollercoaster and we can go through stages and quite often in our adult relationships we come back closer to our mother, not necessarily in a mother/daughter way, but in a friendship way or mentoring way and this is saying it’s okay to have these relationship highs and lows. It’s a realistic look at these relationships.


Katie, you’re no stranger to writing, with several successful books already under your belt, but what inspired your new book? Written with your mother, was it the birth of your second child that inspired the subject or has it been something you’ve been thinking about for a while? I’ve been thinking about it for a quite a while. Since the birth of my first child I’ve been thinking about writing a parenting book, I’ve always found them a bit samey samey about sleeping and feeding and stuff like that. Around Mother’s Day last year Mum and I were guests on Loose Women and mum didn’t really want to be interviewed because she’s quite shy really, so she chose to read an extract from a private diary she kept whilst I was in hospital. It was unseen and unheard testimony of what I didn’t know she’d felt and gone through and it gave me the idea of why don’t we write a really modern book about being a mother and daughter and what it means being a mother or daughter in the modern world – the materialism, the pressures of social media and also dealing with the prospect of things your child might go through such as disease, dealing with trauma, disability, sickness and abuse that a mother might go through whilst still having to look after her children as well. So it uses extracts from my mum’s diary, our experiences, my experiences with my children and we also found a child


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That was your first chance to read entries from your mother’s private diary that she kept during what she describes as the toughest time in your relationship – post your attack in 2008. How did you feel reading that now as a mother yourself, as that changed from role of daughter to role of mother and realising how she must have felt as a mother going through everything that happened to you? It must have been quite emotional for you to look at it from that point of view too? Yes, parts of it weren’t nice and parts of it were inspiring in that if my mum can do that then I can do this and it shows through in the book. But yes, it was a bit of both; it was dark in places and quite motivating in others.


There are so many subjects or issues for us to face today such as social media, bullying…I mean as an adult myself I often find social media a hard place to be, was it hard to whittle down the subjects to tackle and also how to address certain issues, as they are big issues? Yes, we separated the book into chapters and headings for clarity such as trauma, illness and social media, but there are so many issues to cover. We brought in expert advice where it’s needed, for example my mum wouldn’t be an expert on social media, as that wasn’t her era, but we have experts to include our psychologist who picks up on eating disorders and other issues that a child and mother


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