Review of Cathrine Mahoney’s book – ex-wife of Andrew Johns – in the Australian

A former high-profile NRL WAG’s ‘midlife’ memoir has been torn to shreds in a brutal review by an author who questioned why she married a man ‘whom she had almost nothing in common’ with.

Currently Between Husbands is the recently released memoir by Cathrine Mahoney, the ex-wife of NRL Immortal Andrew Johns.

The former entertainment publicist turned podcast host and self-confessed ‘over-sharer’ gives an eye-opening insight into the highs and lows of her 12 years with one of Australia’s biggest stars, and spills the beans on their high-profile split.

Released by publisher Simon and Schuster, the memoir was slammed by Italian-Australian writer and singer-songwriter Antonella Gambotto-Burke in a scathing book review published in The Weekend Australian.

The UK-based writer didn’t hold back on what she thought of the book which she claims is aimed at a middle-aged audience of ‘preferably disgruntled wives former wives, and girlfriends who define themselves by their partners’.

Former Sony publicist Cathrine Mahoney (pictured) has opened up about her former marriage to NRL legend Andrew Johns – but the book has received a scathing review

Gambotto-Burke takes aim at Mahoney’s ‘heartless superficiality’ and questioned why her marriage split was really so ‘unexpected after she walked into the marriage, eyes wide shut’.

‘When she discusses Johns, it is more in terms of what he did for her and achieved rather than any particular attributes – say, intelligence or spiritual depth,’ she wrote.

She then took a shot at Mahoney’s recollection of her ‘bloody hard and monotonous’ maternity leave with her baby son by suggesting she didn’t ‘rock’ at being a mother.

The piece then went on to slam Mahoney’s worries about her younger life as a high-flying publicist for Sony, where she asked if she had ‘just used all my fun vouchers?’

‘This love of “fun” goes some way to explain her choice to marry a man with whom she had almost nothing in common,’ Gambotto-Burke writes.

She ended the scathing review by claiming the title encapsulates the author’s market value and her target audience.

‘It also captures that uniquely prosecco-fuelled humorous brio such women use to mask what is really the despair of devaluation, and in this respect, there are no surprises in the book at all – no ambiguities, no revelations, no denouement,’ Gambotto -Burke wrote.

‘By the end, what comes across as heartless superficiality makes Mahoney’s devaluation feel deserved.’

Cathrine Mahoney gives an eye-opening insight into her 13 year relationship with the NRL Immortal (pictured on her wedding day)

Cathrine Mahoney gives an eye-opening insight into her 13 year relationship with the NRL Immortal (pictured on her wedding day)

Antonella Gambotto-Burke (pictured) tore the former WAG's tell-all memoir to shreds in a scathing book review

Antonella Gambotto-Burke (pictured) tore the former WAG’s tell-all memoir to shreds in a scathing book review

The scathing review was inundated with comments.

‘Wow savage review. Hits the book and the author hard. Probably quite accurately,’ one reader wrote.

Another added ‘Ouch! Appears that this review is more readable than the book.

Several comments were as brutal as the review itself.

‘Just wasted time I will never get back,’ one wrote.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted both the publisher and Ms Mahoney for comment.

A self-confessed ‘over-sharer’, Mahoney says her memoir at one stage was going to be called ‘Actually, I Don’t Like Cricket Or Blow Jobs!’ before the current title ‘saved the day and any blushes’.

The book charts everything from fashion mistakes and childhood crushes growing up in Wales, to her years working with some of the world’s biggest stars at Sony Music, to navigating life and love as a ‘solo’ mum, and coming to terms with hitting the big 40.

Andrew Johns and Cathrine Mahoney are seen with sons Louis and Samuel back in 20212 at the NRL Grand Final

Andrew Johns and Cathrine Mahoney are seen with sons Louis and Samuel back in 20212 at the NRL Grand Final

Mahoney was a Sony publicist when she first met a newly single Johns in 2002 following the breakdown of his first marriage.

They later started dating before Johns popped the question to Mahoney during a mid-season getaway to Lord Howe Island in 2006.

The couple tied the knot in a private ceremony in 2007, just months after Johns’ decorated rugby league career came to abrupt and premature end due to injury

At the time of the wedding, Newcastle Knights premiership star had recently rocked the rugby league world by admitting to drug use, mental illness and his battle with bipolar during his career.

Mahoney and Johns welcomed one son Louis in 2009 and briefly split in 2011.

The couple reconciled a year later before separating for good in 2014.

Cathrine Mahoney was a Sony publicist when she first met Andrew Johns (pictured early in their relationship in 2004)

Cathrine Mahoney was a Sony publicist when she first met Andrew Johns (pictured early in their relationship in 2004)

Announced as an Immortal in 2012, Johns is now in a long-term relationship with yoga instructor Kate Kendall, with whom he shares daughter Alice, who’s now almost four.

He also has a 21-year-old son from his first marriage to Renee Chapman.

Mahoney, who previously had a high-flying PR career, now appears on two successful podcasts; one she does herself called ‘So, I Quit my Day Job’, and another with Sarah McGilvray titled ‘Not Another Parenting Podcast’.

‘For me, what I loved writing about in the book is you will read just as much about me meeting him, our dates, falling in love, our mishaps, our wedding – it was lovely to write about being in love with someone, because for 13 years we were bonkers in love with each other,’ Mahoney writes in her memoir.

‘Andrew wrote a book when we were together, and in it he wrote a chapter about me and I wrote one about him. Our son Louis came home one day and said ‘I read Dad’s book and what he wrote about you, and he said when you walk into a room you light it up’

‘I just thought I want, when Louis is old enough, to read we were very much in love and he is a child who has separated parents but is very loved,’ said Mahoney.

Cathrine Mahoney's tell-all memoir Currently Between Husbands was launched in June

Cathrine Mahoney’s tell-all memoir Currently Between Husbands was launched in June

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