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How I Met My Son

by Yolanda Bogert

‘The sky didn’t fall, and our family didn’t fall apart. We just started using different pronouns. Oh, I had to change the name stored in my phone with his number. That was a bit of a pain.’ – Yolanda Bogert

Yolanda Bogert, a mum from regional Queensland, made worldwide news when she placed a notice in a Brisbane newspaper in December 2014. It read: ‘A Retraction. In 1995 we announced the arrival of our sprogget, Elizabeth Anne, as a daughter. He informs us that we were mistaken. Oops! Our bad. We would now like to present, our wonderful son – Kai Bogert. Loving you is the easiest thing in the world. Tidy your room.’

In How I Met My Son, Yolanda tells of her son Kai, their loving family, and the laughter and struggles they’ve shared. As a teenage mum, Yolanda formed a close-knit bond with her child. Now, together, Yolanda and Kai deal with issues of acceptance, religion and tradition in a heart warming story of love in transition.

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‘[a] ballsy memoir’ – LEILA MCKINNON, Australian Women’s Weekly

[Bogert is] is natural storyteller and polemicist’ – THE AGE

‘This readable memoir unfolds like a conversation over a cup of tea with Yolanda, complete with tangents, rants and family jokes’ – THE BIG ISSUE