BOOKS

From Whiskey to Water

“My name is Samantha and I’m an alcoholic.” ‘If you’re battling with addiction or looking for inspiration on self-acceptance then this is a book you should pick up … it’s about trying to swop being perfect for being human, a daily challenge.’ – Woman and Home From Whiskey to Water is the no-holds-barred memoir by one of South Africa’s most loved radio talk show hosts, Sam Cowen. Having kept her alcohol addiction well away from the public eye for over 14 years, in this tell-all tale Sam finds the courage to talk about her struggle with her addiction to whiskey, food and finally to a passion that saved her life – marathon swimming. Told in her characteristically hilarious dead-pan style, this is one of the bravest books you’ll read this year. “So this is a book on how I stopped drinking? No, it’s not. It’s how I stopped drinking, started eating, became clinically severely obese, stopped eating (everything that wasn’t nailed down) and swam my way to freedom. No, it’s not. It’s actually about addiction and learning and sadness and anxiety and love and drive. It’s about channelling the unchangeable into the miraculous. It’s about dragons and learning how to put them to sleep when you can’t slay them. It’s about being my own Daenarys.”

Good Enough Mother

If she thought throwing up in public was the pinnacle of humiliation, Sam hadn’t counted on her son having The Penis Conversation at the top of his voice in the Woolies queue. As Christopher enters toddlerhood he starts showing a mind of his own – a rather smart, funny and opinionated one. No secret where he gets that from.
On top of coping with a growing child and co-hosting a successful radio show, Sam is offered a job at a national TV station. Soon after taking on the presenter position at Great Expectations, Sam finds out that Chris’s long- awaited sibling is on her way. And the whole of South Africa is going to watch her get fat.
To make a difficult pregnancy worse, Chris doesn’t like his mom’s lovingly prepared macaroni cheese, so she feeds him the microwaved-in-a-box stuff, and falls into the habit of allowing Barney to babysit her son to give her time to blow-dry her hair. Bad mommy! Or good enough mother?

Waiting for Christopher

This is for anyone who’s ever wanted a baby, whose wife has ever wanted a baby, who knows someone who wants a baby. It’s funny, it’s scary and it’s special. And once it’s happend to you, life will never be the same again.