All I Know by Mary Coustas

All I Know

By Mary Coustas

  • Release Date: 2013-07-01
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 101 Ratings
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'Mary's book is lesson to all of us on how to live life to the fullest even in our most difficult moments. I loved it.' - Naomi Watts

Starting with a colourful childhood in Collingwood and Doncaster, under the shadow of her father's mortality, Mary Coustas takes us on a journey through three deaths that changed her life forever.

In a voice rich with big-hearted generosity and quick-witted humour, Mary gives us an intimate view of her experiences - including meeting George, the love of her life, and their journey to parenthood. We also see the universal truth that in life there's loss and, amongst the pain and tragedy of that, there is the power of hope and humour. Mary's story of the deaths of her father, her grandmother and her daughter Stevie, and the birth of her daughter Jamie is at times heartbreaking but, ultimately, All I Know is an enriching and uplifting celebration of life.


  • All I know

    By Tigermoth2711
    A story full of emotion, that anyone who has children or is trying to have a baby should read. A moving story of love and loss. Well done Mary Coustas
  • Raw

    By Toolbag11111
    So heart wrenchingly beautiful. Thank you for sharing your heartbreaking story.
  • Amazing

    By Nicole nikolaou
    Heartbreaking inspiring and truly inspirational. Hard to put down. Have your tissues ready
  • Grab the Tissues & Smile

    By Bella-27
    A beautifully written chronicle of a life well lived. What a privilege to be given access to such a personal story. Lots to laugh about, smile about, wonder at and much to shed tears over. Through her public life, we have all known what a communicator Mary is. Through this book we see what an amazing writer she is. Thank you Mary for sharing your life, your friends and of course George with us. May the next chapters of your life bring much joy.
  • Tears galore

    By wejayandjaytwo
    Thank you for taking us on your journey Mary! What a wonderfully written journal of your life. I cried and laughed so much throughout but never wanted to put this down.
  • Excellent reading

    By BelindaMissen
    All the best to Mary & George, she certainly has more strength than I do! An excellent read, in parts of this book, I felt she had been in my head for the last two years.
  • All I know

    By Mardal1970
    Less than 24 hours ago I purchased this book, I am now writing a review after completing reading one of the most fabulous books that has come to my library. After listening to Mary speak on two occasions about this book I knew that I had to have it, knowing at the same time the tears that would flow while reading.....and there were many, for love and loss has touched us all and the way it has been portrayed and dealt with here is most uplifting. You could not read this book without the urge to change the way you look at life, love and loss and to want to connect more to those who love you most and those who don't. Inspiring, heartfelt, grateful are just a few of the words you could use to describe this book..... All in all it is one of the must reads for 2013.
  • All I Know

    By Bluebagger60
    OMG!!!!! What an amazing book! I've laughed, I've sobbed and I've held my breath throughout Mary' journey. Thank you dear girl for sharing this beautiful, funny, heartbreaking, aching story. Your bravery is staggering. I have read many tales over the course of my life, but very few as moving as this one. I urge everyone to read and be enriched. Robyn.G
  • Compelling

    By Gregbb50
    A great panegyric to family, what has gone before, what makes you who you are, as well as what the strength and power of maternal and fraternal love can be. Heartbreaking, uplifting...and a testament to all the great pillars of family, friends, collective
  • Hopeless, hopeful - greatest highs and greatest lows...

    By Megan Hewitt
    No one can truly empathize or pretend to know they understand the journey as experienced by Mary. However, the beautifully written prose took me on a journey and in some respects helped me to heal wounds of my own. Having experienced a very long, arduous IVF journey resulting in difficult decisions around multiples and premature birth, I am finally able to see the experience for what it is - a beautiful gift. Thanks for sharing your story Mary, you are an inspiration, and a reminder to be thankful for the wonderful blessings in life. Megan.