This Childless Book Gets It Right

I have mentioned this book before, but I have finished reading it now and can heartily recommend it to my childless friends. 

Childless: Reflections on Life’s Longing for Itself by Gillian Guthrie, Short Stop Press, 2012. This is a marvelous book that covers a vast range of topics related to women who don’t have children. Guthrie, who grew up in South Africa and lives in Australia, spent many years working in television news before tackling this book that is close to her heart. Married twice to men with problems, she didn’t find a man who would be a suitable father until she was at the end of her fertility and she was not able to conceive. 

To produce this book, Guthrie conducted extensive research and called together childless women to meet for Childfree Lunches where they would talk about things people with children wouldn’t understand. The resulting book is beautifully written, nicely weaving Guthrie’s own story into the overall picture of childlessness in Australia and the rest of the world. Currently one in four women are childless in her country. 

Chapters introduce us to all sorts of women without children and how they happened to be that way. Guthrie writes about gay women, women in politics who have been trashed for not having children, women who grew up with abusive and/or mentally ill parents, women who suffered through legal and illegal abortions, women who waited too long, women who waited too long, the grief of childlessness and so much more. 

The book is available in print and as a Kindle ebook.

Speaking of Kindle ebooks, my book Childless by Marriage is still scheduled to be released for Kindle on Mother’s Day. Things are moving a little slowly with cover design, but I’m still hoping for that date. 
Finally, if you want a giggle or just to see me make a fool of myself, I recorded a humorous piece called “The Last Two Eggs” on YouTube last week. Take a look. 

See you on Thursday.

Sharing our childless stories

I have been reading a new book from Australia called Childless: Reflections on Life’s Longing for Itself by Gillian Guthrie. Here’s an article about it called “Grieving for the Child She Never Had,” published in the Brisbane Times. Gillian had two bad marriages to guys whose problems made them bad candidates for fatherhood. By the time she found the man she’d like to make babies with, she was too old. Familiar story? She tells it well. My book won’t be out until next month, so you have time to read this one. I’ll provide a full review when I finish.
I got a note from a Canadian journalist who is writing a series of articles about women who delayed motherhood, thinking they’d have children later, then found they were unable to conceive. She’s looking for women, preferably Canadian, who would be willing to share their stories. If you’re interested or know somebody who would be, contact Lia Grainger at
I found an amazing list of childless/childfree women who have done great things at Pinterest. The list might make you smile.
Finally, I have realized that you ought to know that you can keep up with me on a daily basis if you “friend” me at Facebook, where I’m @suelick.