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Connor PR is working with author and journalist Katy Rink on her new book
Managing MIL: You and your Mother-in-Law – for better, or for worse?
Essential reading for Daughters-in-Law
from Katy Rink, Peridot Press
Does your mother-in-law drive you to distraction? Are you a desperate daughter-in-law? Who is to blame? It’s hard to know when you’re stuck on the inside.
Journalist Katy Rink looks at the best and worst of this frequently tricky relationship and provides smart advice for keeping your cool, your sanity and your family intact.
How do you survive a weekend with the in-laws? Should you ever go on holiday together? How do you manage a new baby and MIL? What are the dangers of accepting that friend request on Facebook? These are just some of the tricky topics tackled.
The author calls upon the experiences of fellow daughters-in-law in her home town – at secretive get-togethers that came to be known as DIL Club – to illustrate the highs and lows of dealing with his mother.
There are plenty of anecdotes to amuse and entertain, including the DILs who received engine oil, chin hair removal cream and paper knickers as Christmas presents from their MILs; the MIL who provided itemised receipts for ice creams and charged for petrol; and the MIL who greeted news of a pregnancy with “I can’t believe you haven’t had her sterilised yet”.
You can also try and recognise your MIL from a cast of hilarious caricatures including The Apologist, The Snob, The Manipulator and The Social Climber.
But amid the horror stories there are heart-warming tales of when (and how) it all goes right, and when peace breaks out. There is also top advice from leading relationship experts.
This is the book that every daughter-in-law should read. And more than a few mothers-in-law will want to have a nose, too.
Managing MIL will be released by Peridot Press on November 18th
Notes to editors:
Katy Rink is available for interview. Please contact Siobhan Connor at Connor PR Siobhan@connorpr.com / 07966 177025
About the author Katy Rink
Katy Rink is a national freelance journalist contributing to Telegraph Women, Parenting and Education and Guardian Life & Style.
She came up with the idea for Managing MIL based on a decade of innings with her own, characterful mother-in-law – but was also very interested to know how other women managed this infamously tricky relationship.
“I wanted to know why, when two women essentially want the same thing (the happiness of the son and grandchildren), do they so often find themselves at odds?” Katy said “I was interested to know what other daughters-in-law think; is any relationships really so bad that we should cut MIL off? Is it ever okay to stop trying?
“Is it always best to communicate the way we are feeling, or should we put a brave face on it and sweep all sentiment under the carpet?”
The resulting book is based on interviews with daughters-in-law at secret ‘DIL Clubs’.
“All I had to do was say the magic words ‘mother-in-law’ and retreat into the corner and start scribbling,” said Katy.
Katy graduated from Oxford University in 1998 and worked as a local newspaper journalist, before taking a career break to have her children. She completed an MA in Creative Writing and a law conversion with distinction whilst her boys were still little, briefly considering life as a family barrister – but is now writing again, as a freelance journalist and author.
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