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Publisher's Summary

Kate Reddy is back! This is the follow-up to the international best seller 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 minute will have you laughing and thinking: it's not just me.

Kate Reddy is counting down the days until she is 50, 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 50. 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 sentence 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.

©2017 Allison Pearson (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic 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)
"I love Kate Reddy...her tale made me cry twice, and laugh often." ( The 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)

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  • Allison
  • 10-11-17

Life's Rollercoaster

I couldn't resist this having enjoyed 'I Don't Know How She Does It'
Great characters. So many of life's realities in this one is what makes it so enjoyable.
I laughed out loud. Great narration Poppy, would love you to read more!
Thanks Allison for making all the crappy bits of life feel so normal!

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  • a jenson
  • 11-03-17

Way too obvious

So predictable! Write a long list of all the bad things that might happen to someone in their late forties and chuck it all in. Then make it all ok. Because that’s what happens right?
Narrator accents appalling too. I actually quite hated Kate by the end.
It’s a shame as I loved her other book I read (don’t know how she does it)

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  • Mrs A Dopson
  • 09-12-18

Perfect ‘40/50 something’ woman’s story

I really enjoyed this book. Such a relatable character, easy listening, great story, loved it.

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  • esther curry
  • 09-08-18

Topical storyline

Loved the narrator and her narration style.
Full of humour and pathos what a lovely luaten

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  • A. Leslie
  • 03-08-18

Ground-breaking Time Capsule

A narrative encapsulation of the “sandwich”women’s experience and the first proper representation of the perimenopause in fiction- how is this possible?! While this book is never going to be on anyone’s list of future classics on the basis of literary merit, it is significant for these reasons and worth the purchase and the read.

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  • TheZee
  • 01-20-18

Very enjoyable read

Very well written so real and relatable. Fantastic read. Makes you question yourself at times

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  • Mrs
  • 01-12-18

Utterly fabulous!

Don’t even think twice about getting this one ladies I absolutely loved it - the narrator was perfect and I will be seeking out more by Poppy Miller but Allison Pearson totally nailed this story I am not about to give any spoilers it’s a tale of modern life so well observed and written particularly dealing with the sandwich generation - women in their 50s dealing with everything family can throw at them.
I also loved the author’s original book I don’t know how she does it which deals with younger family life and juggling careers.
Allison Pearson does not seem to release books very often but when she does boy it’s worth the wait! This is a wee stoater and I don’t know what to do now it’s finished I suppose I’ll just have to start it again!

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  • nicola
  • 11-25-17

Great listen.

Really enjoyed this story and can relate so much to the main character. Sad I have come to the end of the book. Have recommended to friend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-18-17

50 and fabulous

I thoroughly enjoyed this book - especially as I'm approaching 50 myself! Would recommend it

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  • Evelyn
  • 11-17-17

Sometimes improbable

While I enjoyed aspects of this book I thought that the author had thrown too much content at the story covering the menopause, returning to the workforce after a long absence, self harming child, potential affair, useless husband, money pit of a house, ageing parents and their problems, chauvinism, etc, etc! Too much. In particular I was irritated by how spineless she was in dealing with her husband's self indulgent life style. I found that unconvincing.
However I did enjoy the humour and some of the insights into life for the "sandwich" generation. I found the reader difficult to hear sometimes as she drops her voice quite considerably when she is trying to sound confiding or conveying thoughts. That's probably ok if you are in a car listening to it or sitting down but I listen while doing other, sometimes
slightly noisy, things!

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  • Lisa
  • 08-15-18

Audio volume goes up and down!

The audio on this book goes to almost a whisper every other sentence when listening on any Bluetooth device. Super frustrating as it’s a fabulous story.

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  • Jen Mills
  • 08-06-18

Insanely crazy how relatable this is!

Initially the first 5 or so minutes I wasn’t intrigued, however I then found that some parts of the book it was if there was someone living a parallel life!
Can children really be that similar? Well at least now I know that I’m not alone with my feelings on parenting.
Well done for capturing parenting perfectly in this era!