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Sensitively drawn and full of insight, this is an intelligent and inventive new approach to a subject that should matter to all humans. Stunning.  - JENNIE AGG, author of LIFE, ALMOST.

Compassionate, compelling and beautifully told, Milk is a fascinating journey through the social, cultural and historical meanings of breastfeeding. Through her intricate, personal and tender research, Wolfarth deftly explores the human complexities of caring, nurturing and nourishing. A sublime book -- ELINOR CLEGHORN, author of UNWELL WOMEN

Milk is a fascinating book, a rigorous and intimate study of something at once essential to life, and yet too often overlooked. Wolfarth uses breastfeeding as a lens through which to examine and critique the structures of motherhood, but it's also a text suffused with love and care, and I felt equal parts enlightened and comforted after reading it -- MIRANDA WARD, author of ADRIFT

A feminist blend of memoir and history . . . Wolfarth takes us on an illuminating tour of shifting attitudes and practices . . . as a cultural historian she is excellent at detailing how motherhood changes her perspective of art . . . this is an important book: however personal each mother's "journey" may seem, there are always bigger forces at play -- Francesca Angelini ― THE SUNDAY TIMES


I'm a writer, cultural historian and lecturer. For as long as I can remember, I've been fascinated by how we make sense of our worlds through making things and telling stories.

I'm a specialist in Southeast Asian art history, receiving my PhD from the University of Leeds in 2015. I have held lectureships at SOAS, University of Arts, University of Leeds and Sotheby's Institute of Arts. I currently teach at The Open University.  My research on Cambodian cultural history has been published in several academic journals and books. For more information about my academic teaching and research, download my CV here.

 In addition to my academic work, I now write nonfiction exploring cultural histories, memoir, feminism, our relationships to landscape, and more. My writing has been published in many outlets, including The Observer, History Today and Wellcome Stories. 

My debut book MILK: An Intimate History of Breastfeeding, published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson is out now

I am also the current writer-in-residence for the Urban Trees Festival and co-editor of the forthcoming book ASIA-ART-ACTIVISM. 

To commission me, please email

For book related enquires please contact my agent, Jo Unwin at Jo Unwin Literary Agency

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