Mama Couture : A hilarious and inspiring tale of modern motherhood by Moya Kate is light, frivolous and at times just a little bit too fanciful.
The central character Til (Matilda) is a Sydney gal, working in fashion, who loves Jimmy Choos and gets heart palpitations at the mention of magazine mogul Vogue, top-shelf couture labels like D&G, Chanel, an so-forth or the suggestion of attending New York Fashion Week. The story begins with a BIG night out in Bondi on New Years Eve. In gorgeous attire and sporting designer shoes that raise Til’s ego to heavenly heights, Til mixes confidence and champagne and meets a handsome “suit” with a killer “six-pack” and the consequences of their brief meeting change her life forever. When the hangover wears off and the glitter settles, Til comes back down to reality, only there is an incremental difference than will bloom over the next nine-months.
The character prototypes share some parallels with the infamous gals from the Sex and the City but with an Australian spin. There are even references such as “This is the city of Mr Big. And I am not Carrie”. Local author Moya Kate has worked at the QLD Writers Centre and has received grants from the Australian Council, Arts QLD and Brisbane City Council. She also writes a blog The World’s Best Raising Kids blog (by the world’s worst mum) and she takes inspiration for her books from there. She writes with a sense of hilarity reminiscent of Kathy Lette and Maggie Alderson.
If you’re in the mood for a girl’s night in rather than a girl’s night out this book may be the perfect light-hearted reading fodder for you.