Kerri Sackville, author of When My Husband Does The Dishes…, answers Five Facetious Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Kerri Sackville

author of When My Husband Does The Dishes…

Five Facetious Questions


1. Every writer spends at least one afternoon going from bookshop to bookshop making sure his or her latest book is facing out and neatly arranged. How far have you gone to draw attention to your own books in a shop?

Don’t be ridiculous. I would NEVER do something so tacky. Of course, I did *cough* offer a prize on my blog to the person who placed my book in the most prominent position and provide photographic evidence, but that doesn’t count at all as it’s not Continue reading

Kerri Sackville launches When My Husband Does the Dishes…

When My Husband Does the Dishes… by Kerri Sackville
was launched last Thursday night

Cunningly disguised as a wino to throw off the paparazzi, author and journalist Mark Dapin was on hand to officially launch the book…

Then the star of the night, the gorgeous Kerri Sackville, seduced her audience with a rendition of the Olivia Newton-John hit – I Honestly Love You

Maybe I hang around here
A little more than I should
We both know I got somewhere else to go
But I got something to tell you
That I never thought I would
But I believe you really ought to know

I love you
I honestly love you

After such a moving performance there wasn’t a dry eye in the house

Mark Lewis from Random House was on hand to steady his new star…

Author Kylie Ladd flew up from Melbourne for the event and was enjoying herself until she happened to look over her shoulder to see her agent in an embrace with another author…

Literary Agent Pippa Masson, who discovered Kerri on Twitter, proves once again that she likes to have a very close relationship with all of her clients…

And lastly… For those who doubt that I was there at all… let’s play Where’s the Wally…

If you feel like you keep missing out on the cool stuff that happens it might be because you’re not yet on Twitter. Sign up and follow @booktopia, @KerriSackville, @kylie_ladd and @pippamasson

Click here to read Kerri Sackville’s answers to my
Ten Terrifying Questions

Click here to read Kylie Ladd’s review of
When My Husband Does the Dishes…

Click here to order your very own copy of
When My Husband Does the Dishes…

Then on Friday, after spending much of the previous night drinking and carousing with her celebrity friends, a fragile Kerri Sackville arrived at Booktopia to cuddle and sign her books…

WHEN MY HUSBAND DOES THE DISHES… by Kerri Sackville (The movie!)

Click here to read Kerri Sackville’s answers to my
Ten Terrifying Questions

Click here to read Kylie Ladd’s review of
When My Husband Does the Dishes…

Click here to order your very own copy of
When My Husband Does the Dishes…

Kerri Sackville, author of When My Husband Does The Dishes… answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Kerri Sackville

author of When My Husband Does The Dishes…

Ten Terrifying Questions


1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

I was born in Melbourne but raised in Sydney. I went to a Jewish school down the road where I did very well in English and spent the rest of my time pining in unrequited anguish for a boy called Josh Goldenbum (not his real name, but should have been).

2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?

At 12 I wanted to be a member of the Young Talent Team. I still wish I had been.

At 18 I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do. I was doing Arts at Uni and working part time as a nanny.

At 30 I wanted to be a mum, which was lucky because I was pregnant with my son. I didn’t start writing professionally until after my daughter was born, nearly 10 years ago.

3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?

At 18 I felt that in order to be happy I had to figure out the meaning of life. It took me well into my thirties to realise that the best way to be happy was Continue reading

Guest Reviewer Kylie Ladd on When My Husband Does the Dishes… by Kerri Sackville

When My Husband Does the Dishes . . . provoked much discussion in my household. Not regarding its contents, which I’ll get to, but instead over the title.

“When my husband does the dishes… what?” asked my eleven year old son when he first saw (or rather heard) me reading it. Knowing full well that the original title had actually been When My Husband Does The Dishes He Wants Sex I quickly and seamlessly steered the discussion in a different direction.

“Uh, um, nothing!” I stuttered. “It’s just ‘When my husband does the dishes’. Full stop! End of story!”

“No it’s not,” said my daughter, eight, who is quite frankly sometimes a bit too smart to be all that likeable. “Those dots are an ellipsis. It means there is another thought coming.” She turned to her brother. “You should have listened more in grade three.” I tried to sneak away, the book tucked under my arm, but she stood in the doorway, blocking my exit. “So mum”, she demanded, “what’s in it?”

I couldn’t tell her. Not because Kerri Sackville’s brilliant first book is filthy and depraved (though it does have some bits in it about wet patches), but because I couldn’t do it to the sisterhood. To the wifehood. To the motherhood. Couldn’t give away our secrets; couldn’t let the opposition (also known as our husbands and children) in on any knowledge that they might use against us. Couldn’t admit to my spouse, for example, that like Kerri I have fed the kids noodles and tomato sauce for dinner three nights running when he was away on business and told them to tell him it was spaghetti ; couldn’t confess to my progeny, that actually, the back of the sock drawer isn’t mummy’s special place, it’s just where she puts your homemade Mother’s Day gifts so she doesn’t have to look at them.

Kerri Sackville knows it all. She’s been in the frontlines of motherhood for more years now than she’d thank me for telling you. She has three kids, an, um, ‘back massager’ in her bedside drawer and her own painstakingly perfected delousing technique. She is also extremely bloody funny and made me laugh so loudly and frequently while reading this book that in the end my husband threw me out of bed and suggested that the title should really be “When my husband does the dishes it’s to get away from his unhinged wife”.

Those of you who follow Kerri’s blog, her tweets or her regular columns for the Mama Mia website will know what a gifted and hilarious writer she is, but also how very frequently she is bang on the money with her shrewd observations and razor-sharp wit. When My Husband Does the Dishes . . . certainly made me laugh, but it also made me go “Shit, yeah” under my breath so often that I had to keep glancing around to check that the kids hadn’t heard. If you know how to flirt without flashing your maternity bra, if you’ve ever kept a child home from school with a rash that later washed off, or if you sometimes dream of raspberry fondant instead of chocolate swirl (and I’m not talking ice cream here), this book is for you.

But it’s not for my children. “I know, mum!” my son declared a few days after I’d started reading Kerri’s book. “The whole title should be ‘When my husband does the dishes his hands get wet’.” Yes, I told him. Yes, you’re right! That shut him up, anyway, but I’m still keeping it away from the eight year old.

Available 2nd May 2011. Order your copy of When My Husband Does the Dishes … – CLICK HERE


Thanks to Guest Reviewer – Kylie Ladd

Kylie Ladd is the author of After the Fall, and was the first author to answer the Booktopia Book Guru’s Ten Terrifying Questions – read Kylie’s answers here…

When Kylie is not busy scribbling, she is also a delightful distraction on Twitterfollow her here…

Kylie’s Website: here…

About After the Fall:

The story of a friendship between two couples – and an affair that blows their worlds apart.

Two married couples: Kate and Cary, Cressida and Luke. Four people who meet, click, and become firm friends. But then Kate and Luke discover a growing attraction, which becomes an obsession. They fall in love, then fall into an affair. It blows their worlds apart. After the fall, nothing will ever be the same again.

And pre-order Kylie’s new book Last Summer  here

I have read a proof copy of this wonderful book. I read it quickly. I really wanted to know what happened next. How these people would cope. When I wasn’t reading it – when I was at work – I kept thinking I should text the characters to see how they were doing… They had become such a part of my life. It was a wonderful feeling. A great thing for a novel to achieve. This is a warm, wise, entertaining and somewhat life-changing book. The Booktopia Book Guru.

Rory Buchanan has it all: looks, talent, charisma – an all around good-guy, he’s the centre of every party and a loving father and husband. Then one summer’s afternoon tragedy strikes … and those who are closest to him struggle to come to terms with their loss. Friendships are strained, marriages falter and loyalties are tested in a gripping and brilliantly crafted novel of loss, grief and desire.

Told from the points of view of the nine people who are mourning Rory, this riveting novel presents a vivid snapshot of contemporary suburban Australia and how we live now.

Marriage, friendship, family – all are dissected with great psychological insight as they start to unravel under the pressure of grief. The characters live on the page, their lives are unfolded and their dilemmas are as real as our own.

Last Summer is a novel about loss – the terrible pain of losing a husband, brother or friend, but also all those smaller losses that everyone must face: the loss of youth, the shattering of dreams, the fading of convictions and the change in our notions of who we thought we were. It is also about what comes after the loss: how we pick up the pieces and the way we remake our lives.

When My Husband Does the Dishes… by Kerri Sackville

When My Husband Does the Dishes . . .

by Kerri Sackville

This book will blow the lid off male/female relations (and then realise what it has done, pick the lid back up, say sorry, and replace it firmly, maybe even taping it down as a precaution, if it feels it is necessary).

I have been following Kerri Sackville on Twitter and Facebook and have been reading her blog for the last year or so. She is sharp, witty and dreadful… in a good way.

The book is sure to be a hit with anyone who needs to laugh as their dreams of domestic bliss get blown to smithereens by hilarious reality…

The publisher says…

When My Husband Does the Dishes . . . is about love in real life. It’s about what marriage looks like after three children and 150 years of togetherness. It’s about little white lies and boxer shorts on the floor and eating frankfurts for dinner every night. It’s my life. And I suspect it could be yours too.’

Kerri Sackville has written this book for people like her, people who can relate to her, or people who find her amusing. Which, in a tragic sort of way, she is.

When My Husband Does the Dishes . . . is part memoir, part faux guide to marriage and motherhood and a must read for all women. It is accurate, clever and very, very funny.

Kerri regularly contributes to Mia Freedman’s Mamamia and Mia has this to say about her:

Kerri Sackville’s compelling voice has seen her amass an impressive following in a relatively short amount of time. Her refreshing, candid, searingly honest and often hilarious posts on her own website and on Mamamia have made her one of our most popular contributors and whenever we publish her work, it generates an enormous number of positive comments. With humour and biting satire, Kerri is able to capture the essence of so many women’s experiences of marriage and motherhood and anything she writes generates instant feedback. Her use of social media via Twitter ensures she commands attention among media as well as those who relate to her anecdotes about her life. With Kerri’s innate understanding of online and social media, her book is sure to generate huge buzz. I can’t wait to read it. – Mia Freedman

Kerri in her own words:

I have written this book for people like me, people who can relate to me, or people who find me amusing. Which, in a tragic sort of way, I am.

So here is a bit about me:
I am in my early forties, which means I feel about 25 on some days and 83 on others.

I am a mum. I have three kids: an eleven year old boy, a nine year old girl, and a completely insane toddler (she is also a girl, but her insanity takes precedence over her gender at this point).

I have one husband, The Architect. He is not insane, but he frequently drives me insane, as I do him, so it’s a nicely symbiotic relationship.

I have many friends who make me feel good about myself.

I have numerous acquaintances, some of whom make me feel good about myself, and some who make me feel very small.

I cook, clean, run the household, pay the bills, and arrange our social lives.

I work from home as a writer in the 12 minutes free I have each day.

To get a taste for Kerri’s writing visit her popular (and outrageous) blog: Life and Other Criseshere

Or follow her on Twitter – here

When My Husband Does the Dishes . . . is available 2nd May 2011:

Pre-order your copy today – click here

Don’t watch this, Kerri made it, and it’s a bit rude…


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