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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.

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I Don't Know How She Does it by Allison Pearson

Meet Kate Reddy, fund manager and mother of two. A victim of time famine, Kate counts seconds like other women count calories. Factor in a manipulative nanny, an Australian boss who looks at Kate's breasts as if they're on special offer, a long-suffering husband, her quietly aghast in-laws, two needy children and an email lover, and you have a woman juggling so many balls that some day something's going to hit the ground.

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

'If you could buy stock in a book, I would stake all my savings on the success of I Don't Know How She Does It. Here at last is the definitive social comedy of working motherhood' Washington Post

'The writing is sharp, funny and cleverly observant of the small details - funny, intelligent and insightful' Waterstone's Books Quarterly

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

'Pearson...never hides her intelligence or apologises for her seriousness of purpose' The 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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1st May 2003


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