How one highflyer completely rethought her work and family life, and what doing it differently could mean for parents everywhere.
Gaby Hinsliff started her career in 1994 as a reporter on the Grimsby Evening Telegraph, and within a decade had worked her way up to being Political Editor of the Observer. In 2007, she took nine months off after the birth of her son before going back to her old full-time job, but two years later she finally decided she'd had enough of life getting lost in the rush. The piece she wrote about this in the Observer was a sensation and prompted both her blog Used To Be Somebody and this book. She now lives and works -- happily -- with her husband and son in Oxfordshire.
"A wonderfully sane and helpful book. Better than Calpol. I only wish it had been around when I became a mother. Gaby Hinsliff has written an invaluable guide for any parent struggling to reconcile their twin passions for their children and their work." Allison Pearson, author of I Don't Know How She Does It "This is no dummy's guide to Calpol and yummy-mummyhood, but a serious-minded study of the hoary old chestnut of cracking the work-life balance. It's a book that not only manages to break new ground but also throws up some intriguingly different solutions ... Some of what Hinsliff calls for will never happen, but much of it is all too feasible. Politicians should take note: politics is personal; get it right for families and business, and Downing Street will beckon. Hinsliff, after all, wasn't a political editor for nothing." -- Eleanor Mills Sunday Times "Half a Wife is important ... Why should we all have an awful time just because that's the way it's always been? Why shouldn't we see our children and also pursue some sort of intellectual life? We can be happy, says Hinsliff, if we just try. She's not very British about it. And thank God for that." -- Esther Walker Evening Standard "Hinsliff's ideas for how working parents should proceed are provactive and good...It had me wanting to go for a coffee with her. As she points out, Wi-Fi and the BlackBerry are as revolutionary to working women as the pill...a wholly supportive blueprint for any harassed parent thinking about working from home or currently doing so...this is a book for our age." -- Rosie Millard Observer "It offers a depth of understanding and empathy that working women are crying out for ... Hinsliff highlights precisely the difficulties, not to mention the absurdities, of the daily Ovidian transformation from world-saving, war-crying boardroom battleaxe to beatific, nappy-changing nursery playmate." -- Harriet Walker Independent