Review - The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*CK - Business Book Brunch

Written by Siobhan O’Brien.


The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*CK

A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

By Mark Manson

Review by Siobhan O’Brien

This is a marmite self-help guide book - you either love it or hate it – but you’ll remember it. It aims to cut through the crap to show us how to decide what really matters to us and find the golden ticket to success and happiness – the Good Life. To define what we truly give a f*ck about, it shows us how to define our top most important life cares. 

This book is an antidote to the mollycoddling chirpy peep-talk often promoted in positive thinking self-improvement reads, and ruffles feathers by saying the opposite - suck it up and sort it out. Written by a male superstar blogger who backs his argument through his own personal development, this book presents his take on the standard, self-help sanguine theories.

It’s a heavy hitting, joke packed, story backed, research supported, no-nonsense book that punctuates every weighty point with heavy swearing. It cuts through foggy thinking to focus on what our main blockages are, to force us to – define our fears, take responsibility, acknowledge our uncertainty, accept our failures, define our rejections and face our mortality.


Kiwi Hacks: Your resources for parenting in the UK

Written by Julia Holmes.

IMG 8098 2Starting a family can be a daunting task, let alone doing so away from home and family support. Thankfully, the UK is well set up to assist growing families, you just need to know where to look for advice and support. So, read on for a breakdown of some great services which are there for you in your time of need.

When you fall pregnant your first port of call should be your local GP. They will refer you on to a midwife who will be your primary carer throughout your pregnancy; do all your checks, make sure you and your baby are healthy and outline your birth options. They will be responsible for you up to and post birth, at which time you will go into the care of the health visiting team. The health visiting team is then responsible for your child until age five. You will receive a ‘Red’ book to keep track of your child’s appointments and developmental milestones.

Kiwi Hacks - top tips for presenting with confidence

Written by Julia Holmes.

Welcome to Kiwi Hacks, a monthly feature which brings you ‘life hacks’ – tricks, shortcuts, skills or ideas that increase productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life. Tailored toward the needs of NZBWN members, Kiwi Hacks will draw from the Networks’ broad base of knowledge to bring you top tips on personal and professional issues of a varied nature. As always, we welcome your feedback so drop us a line at to let us know what you think about the content or if you have any hacks of your own that you’d like to share with the Network.

To kick things off we’re focusing on something most of us have to do – and many of us fear – presenting in public.

Our Stories: Anna Petchell

Written by NZBWN.


Not one to sit still for long, Anna Petchell has a CV of adventure to envy. From TV to the high seas and protecting our planet, Anna is an inspirational Kiwi.

Hailing from a farm in Kiwitahi in the Waikato, Anna studied communications and went on to work as a Camera Operator and Floor Manager on shows like Police Ten 7 and TV3 news. Leaving New Zealand nine years ago, she moved to London after being made redundant and had planned to work for the BBC, but chose to travel instead.

Leaving home for a life of travel, and then at sea on super yachts, Anna has clocked up more clocked up more than 60 countries, 10,000 nautical miles, learned six languages (basic), and made countless friends around the world.

That has seen her “live” all over the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, the East Coast of USA, the Bahamas, Bermuda, and in the Auckland Viaduct. “Home is wherever the boat ends up – which was sometimes the middle of the Atlantic.”