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Mama mia!

April 30, 2014


It was all hands on deck last week as we officially launched our newest book Mama: Dispatches from the Frontline of Love by Antonella Gambotto-Burke.

Steve Biddulph introducing Mama



Antonella Gambotto-Burke introducing her new book, Mama


Phil Page from Pages and Pages Mosman, who hosted the event alongside Mosman library


The sold-out launch – held at Mosman Library – was a tremendous success with more than 180 attendees eager to hear what Antonella and special guest Steve Biddulph (Raising Boys) had to say about parenting in the new millennium. Introducing Antonella’s book, Steve gave a moving speech about keeping the flame alive for connection-focused parenting, citing Mama as an essential book, full of interviews with people he would “give his teeth to spend some time with”, including the seminal psychologist Gabor Mate and home birth advocate Sheila Kitzinger. Antonella followed Steve with a thoroughly absorbing account of the galvanizing, life-transforming experience that was her daughter’s birth, which inspired her to write Mama. The launch was filled with parents eager to seek advice from Antonella and Steve and share their own experiences.

In addition to the launch, Antonella had to contend with a whirlwind of press opportunities. Here are some highlights:

Antonella with David Campbell on Mornings with David and Sonia on Channel 9
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 Click HERE for full interview

Antonella with Natarsha Bellings and James Mathison on Wake Up Channel 10

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Antonella at Dymocks George St Sydney for an author talk and signing

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Antonella’s article “Mother Load” was published in the May Edition of Vogue Australia (currently in stores!)


Finally, Antonella joined Natascha Mitchell on Life Matters (Radio National) to discuss attachment parenting. Dr John Irvine, noted psychologist and author of the best-selling Handbook for Happy Families was also invited to this segment to offer a skeptical perspective towards attachment parenting. Yet he only had wildly complimentary things to say about the book, citing Antonella as “to motherhood what Germaine Greer is to womanhood” and of Mama, a book that “every mother should think about reading…it’s life boiled down to the bones”.

Check out the amazing interview HERE

BUY Mama in bookshops and online HERE.