‘Nicole Kidman stole my life’
Kerri Sackville was thwarted as an actress, but her career as a writer has blossomed
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