The Whole Intimate Mess by Holly Walker

The Whole Intimate Mess - Motherhood, Politics, and Women's Writing

Written and told by Holly Walker

A Rhodes scholar and former Green MP, Holly Walker tells the story of how she became one of New Zealand’s youngest parliamentarians, how motherhood intervened, and how she found solace and solidarity in the writings of women. This short book makes a passionate case for the role of literature in political change and personal resilience, and for the importance of women’s voices in the public sphere.

Find The Whole Intimate Mess at Bridget Williams Books 

ISBN: 9780947518912 

Holly Walker is a writer, reviewer and children's advocate based in Lower Hutt. From 2011 - 2014 she was a Member of Parliament for the Green Party and has previously worked as a public servant, political advisor, and journalist. She holds an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Oxford undertaken on a Rhodes Scholarship. She is a regular contributor to The Spinoff, where she co-hosts a monthly parenting podcast, and her essays and interviews have been published by The Wireless, Sunday magazine, and in two recent books. She currently works as a Principal Advisor at the Office of the Children's Commissioner. Holly lives in Petone with her partner and three-year-old daughter and is expecting her second child later in 2017.

Holly Walker

Holly Walker Photo: Used with permission