Childless by Gillian Guthrie
Reflections on Life's Longing for Itself

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"This is a beautifully-written book—sharp, insightful, compassionate, funny and wise". - Hugh Mackay

One-quarter to one-third of Australian women are now and will remain childless. Here is a book rich in ideas and fascinating insights to take the reader beyond the myths about why so many are not having children; about what it means to them and to humanity.

About the Author:

Gillian Guthrie has been a television journalist and producer most of her working life. She has also travelled widely in South East Asia working with her partner on health-training projects. Now, in reflective mood, she records the stories of women who, like her, have not had children.

Childless challenges many misconceptions about women without children. Forget ‘selfish’, ‘ambitious’, ‘uncaring’ or ‘tough’. This book delves deftly beneath the childless woman's armour of top job, financial independence and oh-so-exciting lifestyle options, to find a grief that is seldom shared. It is the grief of longing for the intangible presence of a child that never was and never will be.

Gillian Guthrie’s book reveals the reasons women do not have children are as many and varied as the women themselves, and so are their emotional reactions. Not all are grief-stricken by their lack, but often childhood grief or extraordinary events over which they had no control have led them down the path of a childless life - and all that it implies.

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Published March 3, 2012 by Short Stop Press. 325 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Parenting & Relationships.

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