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Half a Wife: The Working Family's Guide to Getting a Life Back

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For most families, it remains the ultimate dilemma: how to balance a happy, healthy family life with the demands and rewards of work. When Gaby Hinsliff realised that she couldn't continue to work 60-hour weeks, spend time with her child and expect to stay happily married, there was only one solution. She quit, and decided to start again from scratch.





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Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 5th 2012 by Chatto & Windus
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Leah
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Would recommend to anyone who has young children or plans to have them some day. Realistic & honest about the challenges faced by families combining work & family responsibilities. Very good on including challenges & solutions for men as well as women; also good on combining suggestions for individual families, as well as employers and the state. Inspiring in the range of examples she find of families using inventive ways to meet the competing needs of family & work, which vary a ...more
Andy
Mar 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Interesting read,
part manifesto - with cited references, facts and figures,
part anecdote with varioous first name only short inserts - reinforcing the core points - but often a little short
some apparent selective data reporting and confirmation bias that is distracting at times
main tenet is that parents, families, employers and government should support an ideal of part time or compressed time working for parents - mothers and fathers.. appealing and well presented
could have done with more of t
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Wendy Palmer
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, ebook, non-fiction
Hallelujah, here is a book not joining the interminable argument about if and how women should work and how you must feel guilty if you've made a different decision to the arguer. Rather its premise is that of course parents - note, _parents_ - want to spend time with their kids and of course parents want meaningful work outside their kids (not necessarily outside the home), and what are ways of making that happen outside the current 80-hour-work-week norm.
Laura Kemp
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Really interesting book examining childcare, working women and society at large. Gaby H for PM.
Maria
Mar 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Essential reading! Well thought out and a convincing argument.
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