Kaz Cooke’s new e- books boo

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - FRONT PAGE - JU­LIA CARLISLE

THERE aren’t many fe­male is­sues Kaz Cooke hasn’t dealt with. From bo­soms, feral pe­ri­ods, hav­ing bet­ter sex, get­ting out of a dud re­la­tion­ship to deal­ing with men­tal health prob­lems, eat­ing dis­or­ders and de­ci­sions about preg­nancy in her own hu­mor­ous way – Cooke has be­come a go- to for Aussie women and girls.

No mat­ter the is­sue, the writer/ broad­caster/ car­toon­ist has a knack for talk­ing about it in an en­ter­tain­ing way, al­ways of­fer­ing sen­si­ble ad­vice and back­ing it with ex­perts and metic­u­lous re­search.

Now seven of her most pop­u­lar topics, from her four best­selling books Women’s

Stuff, Girl Stuff, Up The Duff and Kid­wran­gling, are step­ping into the world of cy­berspace, af­ter be­ing made into an e- book col­lec­tion.

De­signed in handy mini sizes on sin­gle- theme is­sues such as breast health, menopause and sex with the lot, they are avail­able in e- book form.

“I hope that we re­lease more, but th­ese are the ones that you don’t nec­es­sar­ily want to go into the book­shop and go, ‘ I’m preg­nant and I don’t want really to be’ or ‘ I’ve got a breast lump and I don’t know what to do’.” she says.

“Th­ese are the things that are really made for sin­gle- is­sue down­loads so you can pri­vately read them on your phone or your de­vice and you can rec­om­mend them to friends.”

Be­cause women can be such great talk­ers and will share their sto­ries, Cooke wants to make sure women have the cor­rect in­for­ma­tion to share.

And with so much false and con­fus­ing in­for­ma­tion ( let alone all the porno­graphic con­tent) on the net, Cooke wants women to know her books are trust­wor­thy sources.

She very read­ily links the reader to the cor­rect web­site for ex­tra in­for­ma­tion – such as emer­gency hot­lines and coun­selling web­sites and phone num­bers.

“If the best web­site is from an Amer­i­can Univer­sity then I will in­clude it,” she says.

Cooke cred­its her pub­lisher Pen­guin for putting in the time and re­search­ing the is­sues prop­erly.

With all her success over the years, which started when she be­came preg­nant and wrote Up The Duff, up to the lat­est e- book ven­ture, Cooke really just wants to help women who need some good an­swers.

As a free ser­vice to women, Pen­guin

has made free the e- book ver­sion of Es­cap­ing Con­trol & Abuse: How to Get Out of a Bad Re­la­tion­ship & Re­cover From As­sault.

Any­where that sells an e- book, peo­ple can down­load it for free.

“I really proud about that,” Cooke said.

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