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Praise for Shattered

"A furious, but immensely articulate, puncturing of the myth that the nirvana of parental equality has been achieved... An intelligent, thoroughly researched and highly readable contribution to a debate that urgently needs to be aired."

Sunday Herald

"Asher wants a revolution, and her conviction is invigorating... there is a great deal to be said for [her] model, and it deserves to be discussed and debated widely."

The Guardian

"This insightful, thrillingly honest, well-argued and often very funny book should be required reading for all thinking parents and prospective parents….Nothing is as useful as a book that is both heartfelt and intellectually rigorous, and no subject is as important as the way we raise our children. What Asher has achieved here is superb."

Chris Cleave

"Should be required reading for policy makers and new parents alike...This is the academic counterpart to the roller coaster of emotional experience that forms the basis for books such as Rachel Cusk's 'A Life's Work'."

Time Out

"A brilliant and refreshingly honest contribution to the debate on how we raise our children ... Asher writes in a way that skilfully pursues a compelling argument and thoughtful solutions in an accessible manner. As such, the book deserves a wide audience."

Professor Tanya Byron

"Excellent and readable."

The Economist

"Her writing on motherhood belongs to the brisk, outward-looking, pamphleteering tradition of Mary Wollstonecraft."

New Statesman

"Since having babies, I have read a lot of books about motherhood but none as interesting as this one.... Asher is an elegant writer and a lucid thinker... This is a polemical book, stuffed full of research and case studies; yet it is gripping enough to read through the night. It left me fired up with reformist zeal."

Mail on Sunday

"Within pages, I was utterly gripped. This is powerful stuff. Rebecca Asher's take on the culture of parenting is radical, original and refreshingly spirited, a heartfelt call for change... It would be hard to overstate how important this book is."

The Daily Telegraph


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