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In her NY Times bestseller debut, Brown wrote of Cleo, the kitten that helped her heal, after son Sam, nine, was run over and killed in 1983. Bono, “a shaved black mini lion”, is the cat with special needs (chronic kidney disease), homeless after Hurricane Sandy, which her US publisher insists she foster. Brown was finding life full of ennui, after a brush with breast cancer – “my speed date with death” – made her want to live life. Husband Philip’s lunchtime purchase of flannelette pyjamas “mutated him into her father”, and was (an amusing) reason, among others, to flee “contentment”. The description of the pyjama shop assistant and why straight men should never shop: “Blonde, 25… (he) helpless as a terrier in front of a plate of steak.” An astute observer: if this was a novel she would have an affair with a French lavender farmer. Instead, Buddhist nun daughter Lydia, 28, accompanies her to NYC for her book launch and an open-ended stay. Bono will bond a fractured mother-daughter relationship, and even purr passion into plaid.
Australian Women’s Weekly

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Beautiful bridesmaid Kath.

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There’s something about red rocks.

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Sometimes all it takes is a coat of paint. Thanks to Lynda Newton for the inspiration, and to nextpainting for the execution.

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A gloriously happy day.

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Getting ready for a very special day.

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The setting for Lydia and Ramon’s wedding on Saturday.

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When a psychic gives readings a Hen’s Party.

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Dr Lydia Brown gives an inspiring talk to a sellout audience at Melbourne Uni on the health benefits of self compassion.

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Today we lost Mary Oliver, one of the world’s great poets. This book has just arrived on my doorstep. Her spirit is everywhere.

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One cannot get enough beauty sleep.

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