In 2015, Rosie Waterland published her first book, a memoir called "The Anti-Cool Girl". The book is about her childhood, her growing up, and her becoming an adult; all with mentally ill, drug and alcohol addicted parents, child protection, foster care, caravans and couches. There were crazy and very difficult times but also some funny times too. Rosie is 30 now, her mum Lisa is now 53. Since the book came out, the one question Rosie is always asked is more than any other is, "Has your Mum read the book?" 

Lisa hadn't read it for a while, because her drinking was so bad that she physically or emotionally couldn't. But in 2016, Lisa got sober. She has maintained that sobriety for the longest period Rosie has ever seen and.. she has finally read the book. She has many thoughts.

The first of which is that most of Rosie's memoir is a lie. 

 Now is their time to talk all about it. In each episode Rosie reads a chapter from the book, and then Rosie and Lisa talk through it - is it all true or false? What really happened? Each chapter becomes a real conversation about the past, present and future for Rosie and Lisa.

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liztv
Jan 23
Rating:   10
Funny, Honest and Vulnerable

Awesome podcast, maybe you could go on from here and keep telling stories about your life currently. You are a great storyteller :)

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crabatha
Dec 19 '19
Rating:   10
Loved it, especially Lisa

Have binged this, love it. Lisa is brilliant, I love her and I think yeah ... how hard must it be to hear these stories told back. What shines through for me is the pride she has in her daughter, I really think their relationship now is awesome. I struggle with Rosie’s arrogance sometimes. I want to be happy hearing her be so confident, I don’t know if I could survive such a rough upbringing.

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MelChamp73
Dec 6 '19
Rating:   10
Really cool idea

It was really cool listening to Rosie read her memoir and then discuss it with her mum and see their different perspectives. Truly heartbreaking story though

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Axiom777
Dec 3 '19
Rating:   10
Thanks Rosie! You’re a champ!

This podcast is one of my fave’s & thank you both for being so honest & raw. Your story is similar to my own except my birth giver would never be brave enough to face up to this as Lisa has. Hence, she does not deserve being called “Mum”. Despite all you have both been through, you still love & respect each other. And Lisa’s laugh! Bless her cotton socks. Such a character.Thanks, ladies ✌🏼

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MrSquidman
Oct 25 '19
Rating:   10
Amazing!!!!

Rosie you are an inspiration, I loved your podcast, and your mum she ended up been my hero too. Smile sweet girl , you radiate warmth inside and out. I can not wait for the next podcast.

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Shezlouise
Sep 18 '19
Rating:   10
Worth the commitment!

What a warm, funny, heartbreaking, devastating and intense podcast. Thanks for sharing this Rosie, you are giving the voice to so many people who don’t have one.

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Cooops
Sep 5 '19
Rating:   10
Very interesting

I’m enjoying the podcast so far. Some people here criticise the mother for not owning up to things but even amongst the sober, no two memories are ever the same. Her reality is likely different to the actual reality but it’s still her reality. And in some cases maybe Rosie’s recollection wasn’t spot on either. E.g. Feeling something happened all the time when really it happened only once or twice.

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kruzhi
Jul 31 '19
Rating:   10
Amazing

One of the best podcasts I’ve listened to.

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Byngdnfghvf
Jul 27 '19
Rating:   2
Had to stop listening, your mother is a monster, I’m sorry

Initially I really got into this podcast but 9 episodes in I realised that after your describing these awful moments from your childhood not once did your mother ever apologise or really acknowledge that any of this occurred. She offered up only denials, arguments about wording semantics, and amusement at her appalling behaviour. If this is giving you some sort of closure or help Rosie, then great, but mostly it just makes me incredibly sad and at times sick to my stomach. I can’t listen any more, but I think you are amazing and your writing is fantastic.

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LDV2107
Jul 23 '19
Rating:   6
How disappointing

Listening to a mother in denial of what she did to her daughter and the ongoing effects is very difficult.

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dillpklcashew
Jul 18 '19
Rating:   10
Real, Funny, Raw & Sad

This podcast was well done. The writing and discussion was clever, well organized, and easy to get lost in the story. Sometimes it was difficult to listen to because the story is real and raw. Rosie did a wonderful job of presenting humanity in all its forms for better or worse.

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bhaiteeo
Jun 21 '19
Rating:   10
Denial

Rosie love you baby girl!!! You are a survivor!!! Your mother is identical to a friend of mine that continually argues with her daughters about the past and refuses to accept their view of what happened. Children definitely clearly remember things that have impacted on them emotionally much more than a drunk mother would. Your mother desperately wants to believe she was a good mother! she was an appallingly horrendous mother. She should have supported you by herself not by using men as they were not responsible for her children’s welfare! Love you girl!

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bhaiteeo
Jun 21 '19
Rating:   10
Denial

Rosie love you baby girl!!! You are a survivor!!! Your mother is identical to a friend of mine that continually argues with her daughters about the past and refuses to accept their view of what happened. Children definitely clearly remember things that have impacted on them emotionally much more than a drunk mother would. Your mother desperately wants to believe she was a good mother! she was an appallingly horrendous mother. She should have supported you by herself not by using men as they were not responsible for her children’s welfare! Love you girl!

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Takwachi
Jun 17 '19
Rating:   2
Great fiction

She definitely had a less than perfect childhood but it’s clear that there are a lot of things in there for dramatic effect. Also... very annoying voice.

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Coolasmungbeans
Jun 17 '19
Rating:   6
Love the content BUT....

Love this podcast. Haven’t read the book. Was so addicted however Rosie’s ads for channel sevens super switch at the beginning, middle and end of every episode make me like ridiculously, irrationally angry LOL. The forced movie/drama voice, the obvious forced to advertise feel and the SAME AD EVERY. DAMN. TIME. Omg I just skip sometimes but most of the time I’m laying in bed listening and don’t want to get up to get my phone and skip every beginning, middle and end of every episode. Other than that, this podcast is the only podcast ever that I’ve listened to every single episode!

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gospelactivist♥️
Jun 11 '19
Rating:   10
New Season!!! Please

This is one of the best podcasts I have ever heard!!!!

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HaYDyN7
Jun 6 '19
Rating:   10
10/10

I love listening and love the connect I feel like I have with you and your mother.

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Caseynash
May 25 '19
Rating:   10
*****

Can’t.stop.listening

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kylie76!
May 14 '19
Rating:   10
So emotional

So raw. Made me travel back to my childhood and upbringing. I laughed, I cried.. couldn’t stop listening

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ellealex13
May 8 '19
Rating:   10
Amazing

Loved this podcast, I couldn’t stop listening! Highly recommend

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