The Wife Drought

The Wife Drought

By Annabel Crabb

Why women need wives, and men need lives

'I need a wife'

It’s a common joke among women juggling work and family. But it’s not actually a joke. Having a spouse who takes care of things at home is a Godsend on the domestic front. It’s a potent economic asset on the work front. And it’s an advantage enjoyed – even in our modern society – by vastly more men than women.

Working women are in an advanced, sustained, and chronically under-reported state of wife drought, and there is no sign of rain.

But why is the work-and-family debate always about women? Why don’t men get the same flexibility that women do? In our fixation on the barriers that face women on the way into the workplace, do we forget about the barriers that – for men – still block the exits?

The Wife Drought is about women, men, family and work. Written in Annabel Crabb’s inimitable style, it’s full of candid and funny stories from the author’s work in and around politics and the media, historical nuggets about the role of ‘The Wife’ in Australia, and intriguing research about the attitudes that pulse beneath the surface of egalitarian Australia.

Crabb’s call is for a ceasefire in the gender wars. Rather than a shout of rage, The Wife Drought is the thoughtful, engaging catalyst for a conversation that’s long overdue.

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Paperback

9780857984289

September 1, 2015

Ebury Australia

RRP $22.99

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Trade Paperback

9780857984265

October 1, 2014

Ebury Australia

RRP $34.99

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EBook

9780857984272

October 1, 2014

RHA eBooks Adult

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Awards & Recognition

2015

Russell Prize for Humour Writing

Shortlisted

2015

Australian Book Industry Awards

Shortlisted

2015

The John Button Prize

Shortlisted

2015

Queensland Literary Awards

Shortlisted