Ruby Warrington is English and gorgeous and real and funny and brave — and really good writer. She started her career in magazine journalism in London and did that whole glossy thing for several years, but her soul called her to other things, right about the time her truelove drew her to the U.S. She started The Numinous, an online zine for people interested in the Big Picture, and then wrote Material Girl, Mystical World, an exploration of all things magically alternative.
Around this time, she decided that her life might be better without alcohol, but perhaps not the swearing-off/”I am an alcoholic” kind of sober, perhaps something with more of an elastic waist, more suitable for herself and others seeing themselves as “sober curious.” So, she wrote of book of that title and started a movement.
Then she began helping others’ books to birth with Numinous Books, a multi-faceted author support and publishing company. So, what’s missing? Children. And in her stunning new book, Women Without Kids, Ruby looks at others like herself — she simply didn’t care to be a mom in this life — and at women who may have wanted children but, for any of a dozen reasons, don’t have them. We speak in this interview to all those women, and to others who can’t imagine a life without offspring, and even to those like me who are mothers but won’t be grandmothers. This is rich and deep. Enjoy.
About our guest:
Ruby Warrington is creator of the term Sober Curious. Author of the 2018 book of the same title, her work has spearheaded a global movement to reevaluate our relationship to alcohol. With 20+ years’ experience as a lifestyle journalist and editor, Ruby is known as an astute cultural commentator and true thought leader. She is also the founder of self-publishing incubator Numinous Books. Her new book, Women Without Kids, will be out on March 28.