When Helen Hayward had her two children in London, 25 years ago, she found looking after them easy. Loving and looking after her kids was straightforward. However loving and looking after her home was not. She had long been instructed to put her career first. So she did. Yet what to do with the mushrooming laundry by the bathroom door? And what about if she actually liked cooking? Home Work is a series of personal essays motivated by three questions.
- Is there an art to running a home?
- Can it be a satisfying thing to do?
- Has the work we do around the home – which accounts for roughly a 1/4 of our waking hours – something important to teach us about life itself?
‘Helen Hayward encourages us to look with greater generosity, and newfound interest, at the domestic side of our lives – and to see in the management of a home one of the great triumphs and challenges of existence.’
Alain de Botton
After growing up in Adelaide, Helen worked in higher education in London before training as a psychotherapist there. She taught at La Trobe when she and her family first arrived in Melbourne. Currently she lives in Hobart where she mentors other writers, teaches yoga and looks after a large property. Her third book was ‘A Slow Childhood: Notes on Thoughtful Parenting’ 2017.