The Whole Intimate Mess

Bridget Williams Books

I knew that to tell this story, I would have to be brave and radically honest. I would need to find my voice, and get over any fears, insecurities and excuses not to use it. The best way I could think to do this was to surround myself with the voices of other women who had already done it.”


A Rhodes scholar and former Green MP, Holly Walker tells her story of how she became one of New Zealand’s youngest parliamentarians, how motherhood intervened, and how she found solace and solidarity in the writings of women. This short book makes a passionate case for the role of literature in political change and personal resilience, and for the importance of women’s voices in the public sphere.