‘Ni­cole Kid­man stole my life’

Kerri Sackville was thwarted as an ac­tress, but her ca­reer as a writer has blos­somed

The Jewish Chronicle - - Features -

KERRI SACKVILLE is not ex­hausted. This is an un­fa­mil­iar feel­ing for the Aus­tralian writer whose de­but book about the tri­als and tribu­la­tions of fam­ily life has be­come a best-seller Down Un­der. A week into a visit to the UK to pro­mote When My Hus­band Does the Dishes (He usu­ally wants sex!) the jet-lag has worn off, and Sackville is burst­ing with en­ergy. As her book de­scribes, this is not a feel­ing you get very of­ten when you are at­tempt­ing to work, run a home and raise a fam­ily of three chil­dren.

She says: “At home I am con­stantly ex­hausted and last thing at night I just want to crawl into bed and go to sleep. I don’t gen­er­ally want to chat to my hus­band… so to speak.”

Sackville is clearly a de­voted wife and mother. How­ever no one could ac­cuse her of ide­al­is­ing fam­ily life. Rather, When My Hus­band Does the Dishes is a painfully hon­est (and, at times, painfully funny) dis­sec­tion of the ex­pe­ri­ence, in­clud­ing chap­ters en­ti­tled “Sleep is bet­ter than sex” and “I caught vomit in my hands”.

The book is re­veal­ing about Sackville’s life and par­tic­u­larly her re­la­tion­ship­with­her­chil­drenand­her­hus­band, Tony, whom she refers to as “The Ar­chi­tect”. In fact, most men would con­sider some of the de­tails a lit­tle too per­sonal. Sackville says Tony is fine with it.

“I’m so lucky with my hus­band. Most

Sackville’s dis­arm­ingly hon­est book about mar­riage and fam­ily life is a best-seller in her na­tive Aus­trailia

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