NSM Gallery: ‘How To Be Perfect’ Book Launch + Social Media Panel


Last night, 100 North Shore Mums attended the ‘How To Be Perfect’ Book Launch at St Ives Shopping Village. Author Holly Wainwright formed a panel with Rachel Corbett and Jacinta Tynan to chat about the perfection-pressure of social media, reclaiming confidence and banishing the ‘not good enough’ police.

We laughed, we nodded in recognition, and we even squirmed a little bit, at all the ‘truths’ of social media (and particularly the world of Instagram) at the launch of Holly Wainwright’s second novel ‘How To Be Perfect’ (it’s the follow up to the best-selling ‘The Mummy Bloggers’).

Holly formed a panel with media personalities and mates Rachel Corbett (from The Project and head of podcasting at Mamamia) and Jacinta Tynan (Sky News Presenter) to chat about the crazy world of social media.

What a fabulous Wednesday night out… bubbles, nibbles and lots of laughs. Oh, and a couple of new books to get stuck into!

Photo Gallery

Claire from frangipani designs was there to capture all the fun from the night.

About ‘How To Be Perfect’ by Holly Wainwright

The bestselling author of The Mummy Bloggers is back with another page-turning, rip-roaring story about mums, phones and the cult of self-improvement.

In the rolling green hills of Australia’s hippest hinterland, a new guru is blogging about her breakfast.

ELLE CAMPBELL is back, holed up in an exclusive retreat where women pay thousands to mimic her extreme lifestyle, or die trying. But who’s bankrolling Elle’s new empire? And why are her two tiny sons suddenly absent from her glossy public image?

ABI BLACK just wants to marry her true love under a tree in the garden on New Year’s Eve. But her ex-husband is building a financial cult in the shed, Elle is looming and her teenage daughter’s YouTube channel is gaining followers for all the wrong reasons. The wedding might have to wait.

FRANCES GRAHAM has a colicky newborn, an absent husband and a WhatsApp mothers’ group that’s giving her anxiety. But she’s certain that if she can just be more like those fitmums on Instagram, things can only get better. And surely, if she can scrape enough money together to make it to Elle’s retreat, everything in her life will be just . . . perfect.

Through a world of fake gurus, green smoothies and bad influencers, How to Be Perfect follows Elle, Abi and Frankie into the cult of self-improvement that’s taking over your phone . . . and your breakfast.

Buy a copy of ‘How to be Perfect’… but if you haven’t yet read ‘The Mummy Bloggers’, order a copy of that one too!


The Panelists

Holly Wainwright

Holly is Head Of Content at Mamamia. She’s the best-selling author of The Mummy Bloggers, host of two podcasts – Mamamia Out Loud and This Glorious Mess – and mum to two small people. She’s also very tired.

Holly’s new novel, How To Be Perfect, is a sequel to The Mummy Bloggers and tackles the crunchy world of the wellness warriors, where nothing’s quite as pure as that much-Instagrammed green smoothie appears…

Rachel Corbett

Rachel is an impressive media swinger. She heads up the podcast department  at Mamamia, appears weekly on Channel Ten’s The Project, and runs her own business – Podschool – in all her spare time.

Rachel is also a straight-shooter with no patience for all this social-media fakery, and no qualms telling it like it is.

Jacinta Tynan

Jacinta is a News Presenter for Sky News, a journalist, a commentator and columnist for Sunday Life Magazine.

She’s also the author of three (count ’em) books. Her most recent, Mother Zen, is described as part memoir, part ‘manifesto of modern motherhood’ and chronicles Jacinta’s attempts to be more present and connected as a mother to her two sons.


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