Grace Timothy is a beauty editor with a sideline in mum-related opinion pieces. She’s spent over a decade contributing to Vogue, Glamour, Sunday Times Style, The Telegraph’s Stella Magazine, Red and Net-a-Porter’s The Edit, and has also written for several US titles, including Allure and US Vogue. Whether she’s interviewing beauty icons like Natalie Portman, Kate Moss and Ruby Rose or discussing the foibles of her own hopeless mumhair, she tackles her subjects with all the humour and honesty of a rabid over-sharer. Most recently she set up the MUMFACE YouTube channel, featuring beauty tutorials specifically aimed at mums, and has just completed a stint as GLAMOUR’s Contributing Beauty Editor.
Her memoir on motherhood and identity, MUMFACE, was published by HarperCollins in February 2018.
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In this wry, resonant and darkly funny memoir, journalist Grace Timothy explores a question most women will face at some point: if becoming a mother means the person you were before has gone; who exactly is left in its place?
Best described as The Wrong Knickers for mums, in Mum Face Grace explores motherhood as an issue of identity.
What begins as shock and then denial of how your life will change has to become acceptance when you’re too big to walk/waddle/work; you’re fully repurposed now; you’re a mum, in everything you do, and everyone knows it. From the physical and emotional changes you encounter to the way your agenda and daily life is altered, your identity is constantly up for redefinition. As the friends and colleagues who shape and support your sense of self slip away, work dwindles as every hour becomes a moment you should be with your child, and your confidence is knocked by the constant feedback from everyone, you try and fit in everywhere – old life, new life – and don’t fit anywhere. It’s the identity crisis that no woman is immune to, belying the credo that being a mother is the most natural thing a girl could do.
Grace has experienced mum rage, mom jeans, mum-tum, mum-hair and had to put on her mum face to cope with it all. These are the truths of motherhood too uncomfortable to flow forth at your NCT meet-ups. From bad sex, messed-up friendships and irretrievable labia to questioning everything and everyone around you.
The hilarious book follows Grace’s journey from a young married woman at the top of her editorial game in London, to a thirty-something mum, confused as to how she can love someone as much as her daughter and yet feel lost as a person.
Compulsively readable, irresistibly written and incredibly well-observed, Grace Timothy’s searingly-honest account of motherhood is essential reading for every mum trying to find their way after the mother of all identity crises.