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Funny true stories about the everyday dramas that can make or break friendships, cooking, housekeeping and the domestic chaos that always threatens to get the upper hand, written in the tradition of Nora Ephron.

We are giving away 17 copies of Fenella Souter’s How to Fake Being Tidy, thanks to our friends at Allen & Unwin.

‘A glorious account of how the little things of life are, of course, the big things’ – Richard Glover

‘Every failed domestic goddess will rock with laughter.’ Shona Martyn

My mother wasn’t much of a housekeeper. She wasn’t much of a cook either, although she tried. She longed to live a more unconventional life. Admirably high-minded, but it meant I never learnt to fold a towel.

In these funny, sometimes poignant, stories, award-winning feature writer Fenella Souter celebrates the highs and lows of domestic life – from her attempts to run the house like a grown-up, to lessons in good cooking; from accidentally killing her wisteria, divorcing the cat and shirt-fronting bossy tradies, to wondering if the ‘hostess gift’ is still a thing or why some people have impeccable taste.

With their distinctive wit, they will leave you smiling with recognition at the everyday dramas and dilemmas that can make or break friendships and marriages, turn a house into a home, or let chaos get the upper hand.

‘Chuck out all your self-help guides to gratitude, mindfulness and finding meaning. This book is all you need.’ – Charlotte Wood

In bookstores now!

About the Author

Fenella Souter is an award-winning feature writer and former long-time editor of Good Weekend, in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, whose work has appeared in magazines and newspapers over many years. More recently, she has also worked as a radio producer, co-producing several documentary series for ABC Radio.

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  • Making the bed! Changing the sheets is such an unwanted workout!


  • Washing! Nothing else needs to be said!


  • I work full time I have two boys ADHD and aSD and I have just taken on a foster child 6 weeks old


  • I am so tired of having to pick up everyone’s towels and take them downstairs to be washed when I know I gave birth to children with two arms and legs for just this reason.


  • Without a doubt stacking and unpacking the dishwasher! We’re a family of four, with a picky toddler that loves snacks and have small dishwasher as there was no room for a large…need I say more?


  • Kitty litter cleaning is a bore, I’ll outsource it to next door. They’ll scoop it up, arrange rubbish pickup and leave me free of this chore.


  • I hate cleaning the bathroom – the toilet and the shower are my least favourite places to waste time cleaning. I’d happily go out less once a fortnight to pay for a cleaner but my partner doesn’t agree.


  • Sorting the paperwork. It is the only thing that i leave and leave to possibly never get done. Boxes of paper work hanging around and when i finally deal with it, it takes me forever.


  • Tidying up the shoes, the kitchen bench the endless clearing and tidying up after everybody.


  • Cleaning bedsheets and remaking the bed.


  • I think it has to washing up. As a child it would be my chore and with a family of 7 it was a mountain of dirty dishes I’d thought I’d never get through ????. I now have a dishwasher!!!


  • Dusting. Dusting can seriously go die in a fire. I hate it. I hate it so much!!!!


  • Mopping it streaks or is wet or people run over the wet floor with grimy shoes it’s just never right


  • Washing!! It’s the one chore I can’t keep on top of


  • Dusting 100% dusting it is the bane of my existence lol


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