Claire HALLIDAY knows how to tell a great story and in her latest book, Things My Mother Taught Me, she shares a very personal side to her life when she writes about her reflections on both of her mothers – the woman who adopted and raised her and the birth mother who gave her away.
It’s not just Claire’s story, though.
Things My Mother Taught Me features a total of 20 stories about how wonderful, challenging and, sometimes heartbreakingly complicated, relationships with our mothers can be – from a diverse mix of Australian identities including comedians Greg Fleet, Lawrence Mooney, Tracy Bartram, TV chefs Miguel Maestre and Adriano Zumbo, TV presenter Shaynna Blaze (The Block), business woman Naomi Simson (Red Balloon & Shark Tank), make-up entrepreneur Napoleon Perdis, best-selling author Graeme Simsion (The Rosie Project), humanitarian Geraldine Cox, fashion designer Paul Vasileff (Paolo Sebastian), columnist Benjamin Law…and many more.
Claire has almost 20 years experience as a freelance feature writer, with more than 1000 articles published in major magazines and newspapers in Australia and internationally – including The Sunday Age, Australian Women’s Weekly, Australian House & Garden, Madison, Marie Claire, Rolling Stone, Girlfriend, and GQ.
She has published four non-fiction books, ghost-written three others, and her next book, featuring interviews with interesting Australian identities talking about the impact their father had on their lives – Things My Father Taught Me – will be published in August, 2017.
Claire lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband, four children, a Burmese cat named Cleopatra, a budgie named Skipper and a border collie named Scout.