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Allison Pearson is an award-winning journalist. A founder member of BBC 2's 'Late Review', she broadcasts regularly on TV and radio. Her novel I Don't Know How She Does It became an instant bestseller.
An absolute belter of a novel, amusing, poignant, and hugely entertaining. This is a follow-up to the bestseller I Don’t Know How She Does It, however it could be read without prior knowledge of Kate Reddy's earlier life. Kate herself is fast heading towards 50 and invisibility, life however refuses to listen and keeps setting devious traps. I don't believe that you have to have passed or be nearing 50, to be a parent or even a woman, to be captivated by this tale of family drama. Allison Pearson writes with a witty, exceedingly realistic pen and I found myself nodding along, both smirking and wincing as I read. How Hard Can It Be captures life, proper gutsy, difficult, yet wonderful life, and while making you smile, also makes you think, I loved it.
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | October 2017 Book of the Month An absolute belter of a novel, amusing, poignant, and hugely entertaining. This is a follow-up to the bestseller I Don’t Know How She Does It, however it could be read without prior knowledge of Kate Reddy's earlier life. Kate herself is fast heading towards 50 and invisibility, life however refuses to listen and keeps setting devious traps. I don't believe that you have to have passed or be nearing 50, to be a parent or even a woman, to be captivated by this tale of family drama. Allison Pearson writes with a witty, exceedingly realistic pen and I found myself nodding along, both smirking and wincing as I read. How Hard Can It Be captures life, proper gutsy, difficult, yet wonderful life, and while making you smile, also makes you think, I loved it. ~ Liz Robinson
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 24 February 2011. Allison Pearson is back with I Think I Love You, a humorous yet poignant portrayal of teenageobsession and first love as experienced by Petra, a 13-year-old girl infatuated with 1970s heart-throb David Cassidy, and by her own daughter, 20 years later.
December 2010 Good Housekeeping selection. Good Reading for Christmas by Fiona Phillips... ‘I’ve always regarded books as treasured presents to give. To my friend Amanda, I’ll give Allison Pearson’s I Think I Love You. We were born around the same time, and this book is so evocative of growing up in the 1970s dreaming of David Cassidy or, in my case, Donny Osmond!' August 2010 Good Housekeeping selection. Allison Pearson is back with I Think I Love You, a humorous yet poignant portrayal of teenageobsession and first love as experienced by Petra, a 13-year-old girl infatuated with 1970s heart-throb David Cassidy, and by her own daughter, 20 years later.
August 2013 Guest Editor Catherine Alliott on Allison Pearson... I Don't Know How She Does It by Allison Pearson was a deserved best seller and I wish she'd written more novels. How to make Chick Lit look easy. Don't be deceived: not many people can do it like this. Follow her in The Telegraph and she still makes a great deal of sense, particularly when she writes about children.
Siete anos despues, Kate Reddy esta a punto de cumplir cincuenta anos. Sus hijos se han convertido en adolescentes imposibles, su madre esta fragil de salud y su marido tiene la crisis de la mediana edad... todo hace que este desesperada por volver a trabajar tras anos dedicada a su familia. Una vez mas Kate hace malabares imposibles para intentar que todo funcione como Dios manda. Conseguir Kate el lugar que le pertenece en el Hedge fund que fund o se ahogar antes en su nueva y ajustada lencera? Volver a aparecer una llama extinguida hace tiempo o se quemar su casa hasta los cimientos cuando una ruidosa turbamulta se presente en la fiesta sorpresa de su hija? Cumplir la amenaza y agarrar la puerta y se ir?"e;La comedia definitiva sobre la maternidad y el trabajo"e;. The Washington Post"e;Chispeante, divertida y muy aguda el triunfal retorno de Allison Pearson"e;.UK Express"e;La obra ms divertida y feminista del ao Un da agarro la puerta y me voy es un fenmeno extrao en el que la secuela sobrepasa al original. Cada lnea es meticulosa, cada reflexin sobre la paternidad hilarante y adems es tan real que a veces es angustiante"e;. The Telegraph"e;Me ha hecho rer, estremecerme y hasta derramar alguna lgrima!"e;.SOPHIE KINSELLA"e;'Un libro agudo e ingenioso... enormemente disfrutable"e;.Daily Mail"e;Lleno de ideas inteligentes sobre padres que envejecen, amistades femeninas, dinmicas familiares difciles y matrimonios fallidos ... el libro de Kate es una buena compaa"e;.New York Times
Kate Reddy is back! This is the follow-up to the international bestseller I Don't Know How She Does It, the novel that defined modern life for women everywhere. This time she's juggling teenagers, aging parents and getting back into the workplace, and every page will have you laughing and thinking: It's not just me.Kate Reddy is counting down the days until she is fifty, but not in a good way. Fifty, in Kate's mind, equals invisibility. And with hormones that have her in shackles, teenage children who need her there but won't talk to her and ailing parents who aren't coping, Kate is in the middle of a sandwich that she isn't even allowed to eat because of the calories. She's back at work after a big break at home, because somebody has to bring home the bacon now that her husband Rich has dropped out of the rat race to master the art of mindfulness. But just as Kate is finding a few tricks to get by in her new workplace, her old client and flame Jack reappears - complicated doesn't even begin to cover it. This is a coming of age story for turning fifty. It's about so much more than a balancing act; it's about finding out who you are and what you need to feel alive when you've got used to being your own last priority. And every page will leave you feeling that there's a bit of Kate Reddy in all of us. As funny as Helen Fielding and Caitlin Moran, this is straight-up brilliant fiction about how to have it all and not end up losing yourself on the way.
Sie ist Mitte dreiig und die einzige weibliche Fuhrungskraft einer Londoner Investmentfirma. Auerdem ist Kate die Mutter von Emily (6) und Ben (1). Trotz verstandnisvollem Ehemann und perfekter Organisation schrammt sie chronisch am Rand der Katastrophe entlang. Verspatete Flugzeuge oder verschwundene Kuscheltiere sind Zeitbomben. Was aber bedeutet schon Bananenbrei auf dem Business-Kostum gegen ein Lacheln des Babys? Da tritt genau das in ihr Leben, wofur Kate am allerwenigsten Zeit hat: ein anderer Mann. "e;Working Mum liest sich, als htte Bridget Jones jetzt eine Familie."e; (Brigitte)"e;Man muss nicht unbedingt Mutter sein, um dieses Buch zu lieben."e; (Gala)
The new novel from the best-selling author of I Dont Know How She Does It takes us on an unforgettable journey into first love, andwith the emotional intensity and penetrating wit that have made her beloved among readers all over the worldreminds us of how the ardor of our youth can ignite our adult lives. Wales, 1974. Petra and Sharon, two thirteen-year-old girls, are obsessed with David Cassidy. His fan magazine is their Bible, and some days his letters are the only things that keep them going as they struggle through the humiliating daily rituals of adolescenceconfronting their bewildering new bodies, fighting with mothers who dont understand them at all. Together they tackle the Ultimate David Cassidy Quiz, a contest whose winners will be flown to America to meet Cassidy in person.London, 1998. Petra is pushing forty, on the brink of divorce, and fighting with her own thirteen-year-old daughter when she discovers a dusty letter in her mothers closet declaring her the winner of the contest she and Sharon had labored over with such hope and determination. More than twenty years later, twenty pounds heavier, bruised by grief and the disappointments of middle age, Petra reunites with Sharon for an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas to meet their teen idol at last, and finds her life utterly transformed.Funny, moving, full of beautiful observations about the awakenings of both youth and middle age, Allison Pearsons long-awaited new novel will speak across generations to mothers and daughters and women of all ages.From the Hardcover edition.
For every woman trying to strike that impossible balance between work and home-and pretending that she has-and for every woman who has wanted to hurl the acquaintance who coos admiringly, Honestly, I just don't know how you do it, out a window, here's a novel to make you cringe with recognition and laugh out loud. With fierce, unsentimental irony, Allison Pearson's novel brilliantly dramatizes the dilemma of working motherhood at the start of the twenty-first century.Meet Kate Reddy, hedge-fund manager and mother of two. She can juggle nine different currencies in five different time zones and get herself and two children washed and dressed and out of the house in half an hour. In Kate's life, Everything Goes Perfectly as long as Everything Goes Perfectly. She lies to her own mother about how much time she spends with her kids; practices pelvic floor squeezes in the boardroom; applies tips from Toddler Taming to soothe her irascible boss; uses her cell phone in the office bathroom to procure a hamster for her daughter's birthday (Any working mother who says she doesn't bribe her kids can add Liar to her rsum); and cries into the laundry hamper when she misses her children's bedtime.In a novel that is at once uproariously funny and achingly sad, Allison Pearson captures the guilty secret lives of working women-the self-recrimination, the comic deceptions, the giddy exhaustion, the despair-as no other writer has. Kate Reddy's conflict --How are we meant to pass our days? How are we to reconcile the two passions, work and motherhood, that divide our lives? --gets at the private absurdities of working motherhood as only a novel could: with humor, drama, and bracing wisdom.From the Hardcover edition.