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

The ‘quarantine’ memoir of a former high-profile NRL WAG has been torn apart in a blunt review from an author who questioned why she married a man ‘with whom she had almost nothing in common’.

Currently between husbands is the recently published 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 a revealing look at the highs and lows of her 12 years with one of Australia’s biggest stars, and spills the beans on their high-profile split.

Published 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 was quick to say what she thinks of the book, which she says is aimed at a middle-aged audience of “preferably disgruntled women, ex-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 received a scathing review

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

“When she talks about Johns, it’s more in terms of what he’s done for her and what he’s accomplished rather than particular attributes – say, intelligence or spiritual depth,” he said. she writes.

She then snapped a photo of Mahoney’s recollection of her “bloody, hard and monotonous” maternity leave with her baby suggesting she hadn’t “rocked” being a mother.

The piece went on to slam Mahoney’s worries about her young life as a top-flight publicist for Sony, where she asked if she “just used up all my vouchers?”

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

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

“It also captures that prosecco-only humorous brilliance that these women use to mask what the hopelessness of devaluation really is, and in that respect there are no surprises in the book – no ambiguities, no revelations, no denouement,” Gambotto-Burke wrote.

“In the end, what comes across as heartless superficiality makes Mahoney’s devaluation feel deserved.”

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

Cathrine Mahoney gives revealing 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-tale memoir to shreds in a scathing book review

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

The scathing review was inundated with comments.

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

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

Several comments were as brutal as the review itself.

“Just wasted time, never coming back,” one wrote.

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

A self-confessed “oversharer”, Mahoney says her memoir would at one point be titled “Actually, I don’t like cricket or pipe!” before the current title “saved the day and everything blushed”.

The book traces everything from fashion mistakes and childhood crushes growing up in Wales, to his years working with some of the world’s biggest stars at Sony Music, to navigating life and love as a than a “solo” mom, and to agree to hit the big 40.

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

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

Mahoney was a Sony publicist when she first met a newly single Johns in 2002 after her first marriage broke up.

They then 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’ rugby league career came to an abrupt and premature end due to injury.

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

Mahoney and Johns welcomed son Louis in 2009 and briefly separated in 2011.

The couple reconciled a year later before finally separating in 2014.

Cathrine Mahoney was a Sony publicist when she first met Andrew Johns (pictured at the start of their relationship in 2004)

Cathrine Mahoney was a Sony publicist when she first met Andrew Johns (pictured at the start of 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 is 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 hit podcasts; one she does herself titled “So I Quit My Day Job”, and another with Sarah McGilvray titled “Not Another Parenting Podcast”.

“For me, what I loved writing in the book is that you will read just as much about my meeting him, our dates, falling in love, our misadventures, our marriage – it was nice to write about being in love with someone, because for 13 years we were madly in love with each other,” Mahoney wrote in her memoir.

“Andrew wrote a book when we were together, and 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 turn it on”

“I just thought I wanted, when Louis was old enough, to read that we were very much in love and he’s a kid who has separated parents but is very much loved,” Mahoney said.

Cathrine Mahoney's revealing memoir, Currently Between Husbands, was released in June

Cathrine Mahoney’s revealing memoir, Currently Between Husbands, was released in June

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