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Matrescence with Lucy Jones

Season 4, Ep. 59

Lucy Jones is an investigative journalist and author. She has written extensively on culture, science and na­ture. Her articles have been published on BBC Earth and in The Sunday Times, The Guardian and the New Statesman. Her first book, Foxes Un­earthed, received the Society of Authors’ Roger Deakin Award. She has also written the book Losing Eden which was long-listed for the Wainwright Prize and received a Society of Authors’ K Blundell Trust Award. The Times and Telegraph named it a book of the year (2020) and the paperback became a Times' bestseller (2021).


In her latest work Matrescence Lucy Jones presents her radical examination of the transition into motherhood and how it affects the mind, brain and body. These seismic effects are largely unrepresented across literature and the arts, and speaking about motherhood in anything other than pastel hues remains, for the most part, taboo. Jones offers an urgent examination of the modern institution of motherhood and seeks to unshackle parents from oppressive social norms.


For more from Lucy Jones you can head to her website


To find out more about me and the work I am doing please head to https://www.clairetonti.com or https://www.instagram.com/clairetonti/


And if you or someone you know needs support COPE has a brilliant directory where you can find resources in your area.

http://www.cope.org.au


You can also contact the show at hello@clairetonti.com


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