Book Review: Stuff I Forgot to Tell My Daughter, by Michèle A’Court

Available now in bookstores nationwide.

I usually approach books by comedians with some trepidation. The reality is, many cv_stuff_i_forgot_to_tell_my_daugthercomedians aren’t actually that funny. Worse is the fact that the label ‘comedian’ is being slapped on all kinds of people who don’t qualify on a good day let alone in 200 pages of print. Thankfully, Michèle A’Court is the real deal.

Within 5 pages of Stuff I Forgot to Tell My Daughter, I was laughing out loud, already making mental notes of what I should share with my mum. 75 pages in, I knew I’d just buy Mum her own copy. By the end of the book the list of people I’ll buy this for had expanded to my 18 year old “little sister”, good friends who are mums to my goddaughters and my little brother who is about to become a dad.

A mix of anecdotes, salient advice for life and considered musings on what it means to be a modern woman in NZ, A’Court’s style is a genuine delight to read. Never too hefty even when tackling “serious issues”, she’s wise, honest and undeniably funny.

Michèle A’Court is not the kind of comedian to crack jokes with punchlines. She’s the kind of comedian who knows how to tell a great story, how to share information of all types in a way that’s engaging and memorable. A natural born entertainer, she’s a natural born writer as well.

As far as I’m concerned, buying this is the natural choice for Mothers’ Day.

by Sarah McMullan
nzsarahmcmullan@gmail.com @SarahMcMullanNZ

Stuff I Forgot to Tell My Daughter
by Michèle A’Court
Published by HarperCollins NZ
ISBN 9781775540519

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