Competition published on September 1, 2017.
In 2002 Allison Pearson’s debut novel I Don’t Know How She Does It defined a generation of women attempting to have it all. This game-changing book shone a light on the realities of modern life for women everywhere and fifteen years later, How Hard Can It Be? is about to do it all over again.
Kate Reddy is back and fast approaching fifty. This time she’s juggling teenagers, ageing parents and an unreliable body, all while trying to get back into work in an industry where fifty equals invisibility. Sound familiar? Every page will have you laughing, and some will leave you in tears.
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? explores major issues including parenting teenagers in an alien, social media-driven world, the challenges of watching your parents become frail and ever more dependent, the brutal realities of the menopause, the growing prevalence of the male midlife crisis, what it means to be married, why we look for love elsewhere… Allison Pearson asks the reader: is it possible to be a good daughter, a good parent, a good employee, and still be good to ourselves?
A coming of age story for adults, How Hard Can It Be? is 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.
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Allison Pearson will be appearing at the Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival on Sunday, 17th September 2017 – click here to buy tickets.
About the author
Allison Pearson was born in South Wales. She is a columnist and feature writer for the Daily Telegraph and a regular commentator on broadcast. 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.
Follow Allison on Twitter @allisonpearson
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How Hard Can It Be? by Allison Pearson, published on 21 September, 2017 by Borough Press, in hardback
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