The “midlife” memoir of a former high-profile NRL WAG has been ripped to pieces in a brutal review by an author who questioned why she married a man “with whom she had almost nothing in common.”
Currently, Between Husbands is the recently released memoir by Cathrine Mahoney, ex-wife of NRL Immortal Andrew Johns.
The former entertainment publicist-turned-podcast host and self-confessed “over-sharer” gives a revealing glimpse into the ups and downs of her 12 years with one of Australia’s biggest stars and reveals the beans of their high-profile split.
Published by publishers Simon and Schuster, the memoir was criticized by Italian-Australian writer and singer-songwriter Antonella Gambotto-Burke in a scathing book review published in The Weekend Australian.
The UK-based author didn’t hold back on what she thought of the book, which she claims is aimed at a middle-aged audience made up of “preferably disgruntled wives, ex-wives and girlfriends who define themselves by their partners “.
Former Sony publicist Cathrine Mahoney (pictured) has opened up about her previous marriage to NRL legend Andrew Johns – but the book has drawn scathing criticism
Gambotto-Burke takes aim at Mahoney’s “heartless shallowness” and questions why their breakup was really so “unexpected after going into the marriage with her eyes wide shut.”
“When she talks about Johns, it’s more about what he has done and achieved for her than any specific trait — say, intelligence or spiritual depth,” she wrote.
She then snapped at Mahoney’s reminiscence of her “fucking tough and monotonous” maternity leave with her young son by suggesting she wasn’t “rocking” about being a mom.
The play then moved on to slam Mahoney’s worries about her younger life as a high-flying publicist for Sony, where she asked if she’d “just used up all my fun coupons.”
“This love of ‘fun’ somewhat explains her decision to marry a man with whom she had almost nothing in common,” writes Gambotto-Burke.
She ended the scathing review by claiming that the title summed up the author’s market value and her target audience.
“It also captures that unique Prosecco-fueled humorous brio such women use to hide the real desperation of deprecation, and in that respect there are no surprises at all in the book — no ambiguities, no disclosures, no resolution,” Gambotto-Burke wrote.
“What ends up being heartless shallowness makes Mahoney’s deprecation deserved.”
Cathrine Mahoney gives a revealing glimpse into her 13-year relationship with NRL Immortal (pictured on their wedding day)
Antonella Gambotto-Burke (pictured) tore the former WAG’s tell-all memoir to pieces in a scathing book review
The scathing review was inundated with comments.
‘Wow, wild review. Hits the book and the author hard. Probably pretty accurate,” wrote one reader.
Another added: “Ouch! Seems this review is a better read than the book.
Several comments were as brutal as the review itself.
“Just wasted time that I’ll never get back,” wrote one.
Daily Mail Australia have reached out to both the editor and Ms Mahoney for comment.
A self-confessed “over-sharer,” Mahoney says her memoir should be called “Actually, I Don’t Like Cricket or Blow Jobs!” before the current title ‘saved the day and made everyone blush’.
The book chronicles everything from fashion blunders and childhood crushes in Wales, to her years working alongside some of the world’s biggest stars at Sony Music, to navigating life and love as a ‘solo’ mom and coming to terms with that great success 40
Andrew Johns and Cathrine Mahoney are seen with sons Louis and Samuel at the 20212 NRL Grand Final
Mahoney was a Sony publicist when she first met a newlywed Johns in 2002 after the failure 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 married in a private ceremony in 2007, just months after Johns’ decorated career in rugby league was abruptly and prematurely ended due to injury
At the time of the wedding, the Newcastle Knights Premiership star had recently rocked the rugby league world by admitting drug use, mental illness and his battle with bipolar during his career.
Mahoney and Johns welcomed a son Louis in 2009 and briefly split in 2011.
The couple reconciled a year later before finally splitting in 2014.
Cathrine Mahoney was a Sony publicist when she first met Andrew Johns (pictured early in their relationship in 2004).
Announced immortal in 2012, Johns is now in a long-term relationship with yoga teacher Kate Kendall, with whom he shares daughter Alice, who is now almost four years old.
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’s doing herself called “So, I Quit my Day Job” and another with Sarah McGilvray called “Not Another Parenting Podcast”.
“What I loved most about writing in the book is that you will read as much about how I met him, our dates, falling in love, our mishaps, our marriage – it was nice to write about, in love with someone to be because for 13 years we were madly 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 a chapter 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 enter a room you light it.”
“I just thought I’d like to read when Louis is old enough that we were very much in love and he is a child who has separated parents but is very loved,” Mahoney said.
Cathrine Mahoney’s telltale memoir Current Between Husbands was released in June