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How Hard Can It Be? by Allison Pearson
  

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September 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’s 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

If you like Allison Pearson you might also like to read books by Alexandra Potter, Lisa Jewell and Jane Yardley.

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How Hard Can It Be? by Allison Pearson

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, ageing 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. How Hard Can It Be? 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.

Reviews

Praise for I Don't Know How She Does It:

`I can't think of a woman who wouldn't want this book' INDIA KNIGHT

`Funny, heart-breaking, wise and delightful' SOPHIE HANNAH

`I love Kate Reddy...her tale made me cry twice, and laugh often' Independent on Sunday

`The kind of book you fall in love with - a grown-up novel that is hilarious, heartbreaking and brimming with the bittersweet tang of all our lives' TONY PARSONS

`Refreshingly engaging' Vogue

`Funny, fast and full of nail-on-the-head observations' Daily Telegraph

'A book that made me howl with laughter' The Times

`Searing comedy' New Statesman

`Painfully funny' Heat

`Pearson never hides her intelligence or apologises for her seriousness of purpose
The Times

`A funny, heartbreaking mirror of the daily lives of mothers' Telegraph Magazine

`Pearson writes with gratifying elegance and endearing self-mockery' New York Times

About the Author

Allison Pearson

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.

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Publication date

21st September 2017

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Allison Pearson

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Publisher

The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Hardback
480 pages

Categories

Family Drama
Books of the Month
Relationship Stories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780008150525

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