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.
About the author
Allison Pearson was born in South Wales. She is a columnist and feature writer for the Daily Telegraph. Allison’s first novel, I Don’t Know How She Does It, was an international bestseller; translated into 32 languages it was made into a movie of the same name. Oprah Winfrey called the book ‘A Bible for the working mother’. Allison lives in Cambridge with her family and two poodles. You can find her on Twitter @allisonpearson
‘Made me laugh, wince, shudder and shed a tear!’ SOPHIE KINSELLA
‘Revolutionary … Both funny and unflinching’ ELIZABETH DAY, Daily Telegraph
‘As sharp and witty as ever … hugely enjoyable’ Daily Mail
‘How Hard Can It Be? is that rare thing: a sequel that matches and even surpasses the original’ Daily Telegraph
‘Once again, countless women will recognise themselves … Pearson has a gift’ The Times
‘Brilliantly well observed’ INDIA KNIGHT
‘Written with a light touch and verve … Pearson makes a sharp point about the lack of value and status that society places on the onerous job of a stay at home mother … in these pages, there is a raw honesty’ Financial Times
‘Sparkling, funny and poignant, this is a triumphant return for Pearson and hopefully not the last we will hear of Kate’ Daily Express
‘Few sequels beat the original, but How Hard Can It Be? does so hands down … zesty, razor-sharp and hilarious. It’s full of such quotable casual profundity on the female condition I couldn’t read it without a pencil to underline the abundance of great lines. Get ready for Kate!’ TINA BROWN, magazine editor and bestselling author
‘Funny, heart-breaking, wise and delightful’ SOPHIE HANNAH
‘Poignant and smart takes on the pressures affecting working mothers … laugh out loud funny’ Women’s Agenda
‘[Pearson writes] with acid and a daunting determination to tell it like it is’ New Zealand Herald
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
‘I love Kate Reddy … her tale made me cry twice, and laugh often’ Independent on Sunday
‘A Bible for the working mother’ OPRAH
‘Refreshingly engaging’ Vogue
‘A book that made me howl with laughter’ The Times
‘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