Book Review: Mrs D is Going Within, by Lotta Dann

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cv_mrs_dann_is_going_within.jpgLotta Dann is the wife of TV One’s political commentator Corin Dann. She came out publicly 3 years ago about her drinking problem. Her first book – Mrs D is Going Without was a personal journey of her struggle with alcoholism. This second book – Mrs D is Going Within, examines her personal struggle three years sober with life’s balance. Trying to manage a busy life of a husband, three boys, writing and monitoring two blogs with her mind and body often coming off second best. I loved her comment that her mind whirls around at the speed of a Ferrari – trying to process “stuff”.

Lotta explores the idea of mindfulness and how to still her whirring brain – just to sit and clear the brain – not the easiest thing to do when you lead a busy life. The concept of mindfulness reminded me of the trend of transcendental meditation that swept the country (and the world) in the 1970s and 80s – it always intrigued me, but not enough to make me try it! I think mindfulness is the new millennium’s answer to trying to get your head around everyday stress that life tends to chuck at us with gay abandon.

I laughed out loud about Lotta’s attempts at yoga. Exercise is not everybody’s cup of tea and going along with friends to get them off your case is often a hard thing to refuse but the ballsy attempt bought back memories of my rather weak attempts at so called “easy” classes. Finding the right class makes life so much better with like-minded people – Lotta finds one that takes her to a happy place.

Whether you are a recovering alcoholic or just struggling with everyday life’s balance this is a great read from a very funny lady.

Reviewed by Christine Frayling

Mrs D is Going Within
by Lotta Dann
Published by Allen & Unwin
ISBN 9781877505867