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What's Otherhood about?

In Aotearoa the number of people who will never have children is growing – and they're pushing back against the narrative that if they don't, their lives will be somehow 'less than'. 

OTHERHOOD's essays are by writers who've felt on the outside looking in, who've lived unexpected lives and who've given the finger to social expectations. Some chose to be childfree, some didn't get to choose and some – through bereavement or blended family dynamics – ask themselves: Am I a mother or am I other?

These 35 hilarious, heartbreaking and thought-provoking essays (and one comic) cover topics including religion, blended families, bereavement, Te Ao Māori, queerness, the foster care system, disability, infertility, domestic violence, abortion, freedom from social expectations  – and of course, the joys of being a big DINK (Double Income No Kids).   ​

Thought-provoking, moving and often hilarious, OTHERHOOD opens a more inclusive conversation about what makes a fulfilling life.


Join us at the launches 

We'll be celebrating with three launch events:

  • WE'RE DONE! Wednesday 8 May, 6pm, Meow, Pōneke/Wellington – with support from Schrodinger's Books

  • WE DID IT! Thursday 9 May, 6pm, Pocket Bar - The Bank event space, Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland – with support from The Women's Bookshop

  • COMING UP! Wednesday 15 May, 5:30pm University Bookshop, Ōtepoti/Dunedin


'Other' events & media


  • Nine to Noon RNZ interview with all three editors, listen here​​​

  • Lil & Kathryn on Grey Areas podcast with Petra Bagust - Date to come

  • OTHERHOOD at the Auckland Writers Festival, 4pm,  May 19. With all three editors, Paula Morris and Steff Green


  • Unity Books Wellington lunchtime chat with Grainne Patterson and Alie Benge. Tuesday 21 May, 12pm

Introducing our contributors

Alie Benge

Amie Taua

Andi C. Buchanan

Anna Borrie

Carolijn Guytonbeck

Donelle McKinley

Feby Idrus

Gabrielle Amodeo

Ghazaleh Gol

Golriz Ghahraman

Grainne Patterson

Hazel Phillips

Helen Rickerby

Henrietta Bollinger

Hinemoana Baker

Iona Winter

Jackie Clarke

Janie Smith

Jazial Crossley

Kathryn van Beek 

Kate Camp

Kerry Sunderland

Lil O'Brien 

Lily Duval

Linda Collins

Linda Rooney

Lori Leigh

Lucy O'Connor

Melanie Newfield

Michaela Tempany

Nicola Brown

Paula Morris

Raina Ng

Sam Orchard

Shaneel Lal

Steff Green

About the editors


Pre-order and look inside the book here:

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