#BookReview – Up & In by Deborah Disney – #BookBoost


A wonderfully wry tale about the pressure women put on themselves and one another to fit in, measure up and look glamorous while doing it. For fans of Liane Moriarty and Fiona Higgins.

Distinctly middle-class parents, Maria and Joe have committed every bit of available income to giving their daughters Kate and Sarah the best education possible, which to them means attending the most exclusive girls school in the state. But when Kate befriends the spoilt and moody Mirabella, Maria finds herself thrust into a high society of champagne-swilling mother-istas she hasn’t budgeted for. Saturday morning netball is no longer a fun mother-daughter outing, but a minefield of social politics.

While the increasingly neurotic Maria struggles to negotiate the school mum hierarchy, Joe quietly battles a midlife crisis and Kate attempts to grow up as gracefully as possible (without having her life ruined by embarrassing parents).

For every woman who has ever felt she may be wearing the wrong shoes, this is a book that will remind you – you’re not alone.

Print Length: 258 pages
Publisher: Impulse Australia (1 Dec. 2014)

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About the Author


Australian author, Deborah Disney, grew up in the regional city of Toowoomba and now lives in Brisbane with her husband and two school-aged daughters. Deborah has a BA/LLB from the University of Queensland and practised as a solicitor for a number of years prior to having children. She chose to specialise in litigation law as that seemed like the best preparation for what is now her looming battle – mothering her daughters through the teenage years. Deborah’s first novel, Up and In, is a satirical look at the interactions of school and sporting mums. She is expectant that the coming years may involve periods of everyone at her house locking themselves in their bedrooms and that this will provide her with plenty of opportunities to work on more novels about the relationships that life hurls us into.

My Review

As soon as I saw the blurb for this story I knew I wanted to read it .. meet Maria & Joe .. Mr & Mrs Average with two kids .. all should/would be fine until Bea & Mirabella become a part of the story. Who would have though a missing X on an email could begin all of this!

The angst caused by trying to keep up with Bea & her cronies puts so much pressure on Maria .. much of which is self-inflicted. The competitive streak amongst the playground ‘mummies’ is something a lot will relate to I’m sure .. viewing it as a reader it becomes apparent how bitchy the whole situation can be. 
Bea is downright nasty but for some reason Maria still wants to be part of the in-crowd & for her daughter Kate to be accepted .. the trials & tribulations based around the netball court are so believable.
I found Maria to be very easily led & wanted to shake her, point out what she had in her life & to be grateful for it .. there is so much more than money, fame, popularity .. thankfully Susannah (sister-in-law) has a sensible bone in her body & does try to keep Maria on a level.  Even when Joe is obviously unhappy at work & then purchases a Porsche that maybe he wants some attention it doesn’t occur to her that perhaps she could change her behaviour .. there is a lot going on but all becomes clear as we progress through the book & the gala holds some surprises!
A good mix of fun, emotion, frustration & insight into the world of some families & the pressure bestowed upon them whether by others or themselves .. well done Deborah a very entertaining read. stars-4-0._V192197091_


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One thought on “#BookReview – Up & In by Deborah Disney – #BookBoost

  1. Thank you SO, so much, Ali! It has been so lovely to make a connection with you and I am glad you enjoyed Up and In! xx

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