Our March Book Club pick: Letters on Motherhood by Giovanna Fletcher

Every year, March includes a very special day: Mother’s Day! We wanted this month’s Book Club to celebrate all the mother figures in our lives and we’re very excited to introduce Letters on Motherhood by Giovanna Fletcher as our March Book Club pick. We sat down with Giovanna herself (virtually of course) to ask her a few questions about her book. Read on to find out what she said.

The blurb:

Letters on Motherhood is a collection of heartfelt and deeply poignant letters written by Giovanna to her three young sons, her husband and the family and friends who have inspired and supported her to become the mother that she is today.

In this collection, Giovanna talks about the highs and lows of parenting, from coping with mum guilt and finding a work/family life balance, to positive body image and rediscovering a sense of identity.

Honest, heartwarming and hilarious, Giovanna’s musings on motherhood are both a joy and a comfort, and with stories parents everywhere can relate to, Letters on Motherhood is the perfect gift for mums and non-mums alike.

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Picture credit: David Spearing

Thank you very much for joining us Giovanna. We loved reading Letters on Motherhood

and it made us wonder, what made you want to share these letters when you’d already written about motherhood in Happy Mum, Happy Baby?

There’s so much to talk about when it comes to motherhood and I think each time I sat down to write about it those words encapsulated that particular time and moment. But motherhood, the relationships with our kids, and our feelings are constantly evolving, changing and adapting. I found that I still had so much more I wanted to express.

Has letter writing always played a big part in your life?

I used to write letters to my bumps. I found it a really nice way to focus on each pregnancy and the life growing inside me. Each of them had a little book that once sat on my bedside table. I used to write about scans, movement, cravings, and news from the family and about what we’d been up to. It was a lovely way to connect.

We were swept away by the honesty and rawness of your letters and they’ve provided comfort for a lot of people. Are there any books or podcasts that helped you and that you’d recommend?

Thank you! I loved Laura Dockrill’s What Have I Done? It’s not a light read by any means, but her story of postpartum psychosis is such an eyeopener. As a mum I really think it forces you to have a look at yourself with forgiveness, love and kindness. It’s a healer and I hope every woman would read it.

Lastly, this past year has been a year. Is there anything you’d say to mums and families?

Well done! I know it’s hard and that so much is being asked of all of us. I know some days are tougher than others, leading to tears, tantrums and feeling like you’re not enough – but trust me when I say you’re more than enough. This situation is just bigger than anything we’ve ever experienced. Be kind to yourself. You’re not meant to have all of the answers. Your love is enough.

Thank you so much, Giovanna, for answering all our questions. We fell in love with Letters on Motherhood and are so excited to have it as our Book Club pick!

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