Former GO! news editor publishes feel-good book

GETTING RIDICULOUS: Former Go&Express news editor Taralyn McLean, left, and Melanie Loxton have published a book, ‘So Suburban it’s Ridiculous’

East London authors Taralyn McLean and Melanie Loxton have together published So Suburban it’s Ridiculous, a book about living the suburban dream.

With a dash of humour, a side of serious and some whimsy, So Suburban it’s Ridiculous is a book for moms of all shapes, sizes and ages who may not always get it right, but who give it a good go.

Former GO! & Express news editor McLean is now wife to one, mother of two, owner of an SUV and possessor of time-management skills rivalling any top executive.

For her, life as a mom is not always fun, never that exciting, but can be immensely satisfying.

Joined by Loxton, who writes in her personal capacity under the pseudonym Gin Bunny, So Suburban it’s Ridiculous is not a motivational or inspirational book, but it is a bit funny and it may make you think.

Life in the slow lane isn’t that bad after all.

In a review, East London attorney Catherine Reynolds described it as: “The closest analogy I can find for the book, is that of curling up on a couch, with your sheepskin slippers, a glass of red wine and chatting with your super-funny, super-wise friend.

“I find myself, every couple of pages, laughing out loud and thinking ‘Oh my word that is so ME’.

“Simply put, this is what this book does. You put it down, and feel better than before you opened it and less alone. And that, in my opinion, is worth its weight in gold.

“I heartily recommend this book to any sister, wife, friend or mom. It will occupy pride of place in my bookshelf for years to come.”

Items up for discussion include coping (fairly well) during the lockdown, some social commentary, navigating a mom’s reality of a chronic lack of personal space and time, perfecting the “Extramural Playground Lurk” and putting “fun” into fitness.

So Suburban it’s Ridiculous is available to buy for R120 from Madison’s Market Café in Epsom Road, Stirling, as well as on Amazon Kindle.

Follow the auhtors on Instagram, their “Thank You Sorry Please” Facebook page, or WhatsApp McLean on 082-722-5688 for delivery around East London.


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