Sean Szeps | Paperback | June 2023
A fearless, frank and funny memoir about reinventing the rules of parenting
Sean had wanted to be a mum since the age of four, when he fell in love with Mrs Potts, the motherly teapot in Beauty and the Beast. But there was just one problem: he was not, in fact, a woman.
When he was swept off his feet by a handsome Australian man in New York City, Sean's dreams of marriage and parenthood suddenly became a reality. The only things standing in his way: outdated marriage laws, hundreds of thousands of dollars and a healthy dose of internalised homophobia. Though he had to battle intense family drama, depression and a difficult move to the other side of the world, he succeeded in becoming a father to boy-girl twins.
What happens when the traditional parenting rules, 10,000 years in the making, simply don't apply? Not Like Other Dads is a raw, rollicking memoir about gay parents raising kids without a map – or nap. Hilarious and tender, Sean's story helps all of us celebrate who we really are ... empowering straight and queer parents alike to rewrite the parenting script.
'Will have you laughing, crying and feeling deeply moved by the true power of love. A brilliant read'
– Maggie Dent
'Raw, honest and hilarious ... unlike any other parenting memoir you have read'
– Edwina Bartholomew
'A true modern-day fairy tale with love at its heart'
– Jessica Rowe
'Sean Szeps writes about family with healthy realism and great dollops of love. A delight'
– Holly Wainwright
'Through Sean's openness to share his vulnerabilities, we're reminded why it's important to welcome and accept diverse families'
– Narelda Jacobs