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In 2015, Rosie Waterland published her first book, a memoir called "The Anti-Cool Girl". The book is about her childhood, her growing up, and her becoming an adult; all with mentally ill, drug and alcohol addicted parents, child protection, foster care, caravans and couches. There were crazy and very difficult times but also some funny times too. Rosie is 30 now, her mum Lisa is now 53. Since the book came out, the one question Rosie is always asked is more than any other is, "Has your Mum read the book?"

Lisa hadn't read it for a while, because her drinking was so bad that she physically or emotionally couldn't. But in 2016, Lisa got sober. She has maintained that sobriety for the longest period Rosie has ever seen and.. she has finally read the book. She has many thoughts.

The first of which is that most of Rosie's memoir is a lie. 

 Now is their time to talk all about it. In each episode Rosie reads a chapter from the book, and then Rosie and Lisa talk through it - is it all true or false? What really happened? Each chapter becomes a real conversation about the past, present and future for Rosie and Lisa.

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In 2015, Rosie Waterland published her first book, a memoir called "The Anti-Cool Girl". The book is about her childhood, her growing up, and her becoming an adult; all with mentally ill, drug and alcohol addicted parents, child protection, foster care, caravans and couches. There were crazy and very difficult times but also some funny times too. Rosie is 30 now, her mum Lisa is now 53. Since the book came out, the one question Rosie is always asked is more than any other is, "Has your Mum read the book?"

Lisa hadn't read it for a while, because her drinking was so bad that she physically or emotionally couldn't. But in 2016, Lisa got sober. She has maintained that sobriety for the longest period Rosie has ever seen and.. she has finally read the book. She has many thoughts.

The first of which is that most of Rosie's memoir is a lie. 

 Now is their time to talk all about it. In each episode Rosie reads a chapter from the book, and then Rosie and Lisa talk through it - is it all true or false? What really happened? Each chapter becomes a real conversation about the past, present and future for Rosie and Lisa.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

Cooops ,

Very interesting

I’m enjoying the podcast so far. Some people here criticise the mother for not owning up to things but even amongst the sober, no two memories are ever the same. Her reality is likely different to the actual reality but it’s still her reality. And in some cases maybe Rosie’s recollection wasn’t spot on either. E.g. Feeling something happened all the time when really it happened only once or twice.

bhaiteeo ,

Denial

Rosie love you baby girl!!! You are a survivor!!! Your mother is identical to a friend of mine that continually argues with her daughters about the past and refuses to accept their view of what happened. Children definitely clearly remember things that have impacted on them emotionally much more than a drunk mother would. Your mother desperately wants to believe she was a good mother! she was an appallingly horrendous mother. She should have supported you by herself not by using men as they were not responsible for her children’s welfare! Love you girl!

Byngdnfghvf ,

Had to stop listening, your mother is a monster, I’m sorry

Initially I really got into this podcast but 9 episodes in I realised that after your describing these awful moments from your childhood not once did your mother ever apologise or really acknowledge that any of this occurred. She offered up only denials, arguments about wording semantics, and amusement at her appalling behaviour. If this is giving you some sort of closure or help Rosie, then great, but mostly it just makes me incredibly sad and at times sick to my stomach. I can’t listen any more, but I think you are amazing and your writing is fantastic.

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