• Confessions of a Forty-Something F--k Up

  • By: Alexandra Potter
  • Narrated by: Sally Phillips
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (629 ratings)

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Confessions of a Forty-Something F--k Up

By: Alexandra Potter
Narrated by: Sally Phillips
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Hilariously read by Sally Phillips, star of Smack the Pony, Bridget Jones's Diary and Miranda - Confessions of a Forty-Something F--k Up is a must-listen for anyone whose life isn’t working out quite how they’d planned.

Nell Stevens’ life is a mess.

When her business goes bust and her fiancé with it, Nell’s happy ever after in California falls apart and she moves back to London to start over. But a lot has changed since she’s been gone. All her single friends are now married with children, sky-high rents force her to rent a room in a stranger’s house and in a world of perfect Instagram lives, she feels like a f--k up. Even worse, a 40-something f--k up.

But when she lands a job writing obituaries, Nell meets the fabulous Cricket, an 80-something widow with challenges of her own, and they strike up an unlikely friendship. Together they begin to help each other heal their aching hearts, cope with the loss of the lives they had planned and push each other into new adventures and unexpected joys.

Because Nell is determined. Next year things are going to be very different. It’s time to turn her life around.

A book for anyone who’s ever worried life isn’t going to plan, Confessions of a Forty-Something F--k Up by Alexandra Potter will make you laugh, and it might even make you cry. But most importantly, it will remind you that you’re not alone, because we’re all in this together.

Time to fall in love with your life.   

©2020 Alexandra Potter (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

Critic Reviews

"It made me laugh, cry, cheer - I loved it." (Hermione Norris, star of Cold Feet)

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Just what I needed!

This book has literally given me back my hope! I am a self confessed 30 something fk up - a starving artist about to be divorced & moving back to Ireland after living in California for the last 7 years! I felt like such a failure but after reading this book I feel like there is hope.. & some beauty & inspiration even in my life & my story! I am so grateful I came across this book & I even cried when it was over!!! Thank you for this! Lucy xox

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Funny relatable and enjoyable

loved it. the narrator did a fantastic job. I laughed, I cried and related to it!

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Did not want it to end!

I stumbled upon this book accidently and am so glad I did. The writing and narration were perfect. It made me laugh out loud. I love Nell and Cricket and wanted to remain in their world! What an unexpected gem of a listen this was. highly recommend.

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Inspirational without pressure

I absolutely felt every word on a deep level being that I too am as the title eloquently states a 40 somthing fkUp , but now I realize I am not alone and it's never too late to be what you might've been .

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Wonderful Listen

The narrator performance was extremely lovely. There were moments where it even caused me to tear up. The emotion in the voice was phenomenal.
The plot of the story is interesting. It helps put life into certain perspective that one often forgets about. It’s also quite modern with the topics it talks about. I try to keep the review vogue so that I don’t spoil anything for future me listeners/readers.

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Great fun!

This audiobook was a lot of fun and so relatable. I thoroughly enjoyed both the story and the performance. I normally listen to classics or police procedurals, but was intrigued by the title because I happened to be feeling a bit like a forty-something f**k up. I laughed, smiled, and empathized with the characters (I hope to become Cricket one day). I’m glad I took a chance. Thank you, Ms. Potter, for the creativity and bravery!

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Great narration, laugh aloud at times

Enjoyable. The narrator does the novel justice. If you like Bridgette Jones Diary, check this one out.

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Loved it

This book felt like listening to a funny friend talk about our lives. I wondered if someone had been following me around and taking notes. I loved it!

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Very relatable

Enjoyed listening to this book. My favorite book
I have recommended my friends n they love it too

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Hits Home

So many truths we know and have experienced. They are told in a fun yarn.

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  • Tam
  • 01-24-21

I had my doubts ... but it’s just well written 👍🏽

I’m a 40 something bloke from the U.K. stuck in lockdown in Afghanistan! I listen to a book a week but never really post. 5mins in I thought this is a chick flick I’ve wasted my money, I’m so glad I stuck with it. I now know about cricket and monty, Fiona and the rest of the crew. A well written yarn filled with smiles, and nodding agreement even a tear of two. Brilliant stuff. 😉

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-30-20

A must read for every woman

The most uplifting, joy-provoking book I’ve listened to after this incredibly difficult year. If you feel you’ve singlehandedly messed up your life- it makes you feel very much not alone.

The Narration by Sally Phillips is stunning- funny, sad and able to penetrate even the most depressed soul.

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  • Big Spender
  • 12-28-20

Absolutely loved it!

Absolutely loved this book. Could not stop listening - reminded me a bit of Bridget Jones but excellent story! Both laughed and cried whilst listening.

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  • Genie
  • 02-08-21

A relatable funny book

Loved this from start to finish, I now don't feel like such a forty something f**k up as I did before!

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  • Sara
  • 01-24-21

Loved it!

As a single woman in my 40’s who has never married (yet!) or had children I loved this book! Very funny, well written and insightful and was truly brought to life by Sally Phillips as the narrator.

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  • caroline james
  • 05-23-21

Love it couldn’t put it down

I really enjoyed this book found myself laughing out loud to it
This is a keeper which I find I read again

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  • Natalie
  • 03-08-21

brilliantly relatable

Brilliantly relatable, likeable characters and really well performed. I absolutely loved it! would recommend to any woman in this age range.

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  • Rachael Warner
  • 01-15-21

A book you can relate with!

I absolutely loved this book and for some escapement from the current situation it was just what I needed!
I laughed...cried and can defo recommend it!

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  • Miss H. Coelho
  • 01-18-22

An easy read

I was looking for an audio book to listen to whilst traveling, this was an easy and entertaining listen. The themes covered weren't groundbreaking, if anything the narrative was predictable, but endearing moments throughout.

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  • Kerr88
  • 04-19-21

Absolutely a great listen!

Sally Phillips really made it such addictive listening! Absolutely love her voice!
Very relatable to so many, an inspiration and so funny too! A must read! Great book!

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  • Sharon smith
  • 11-27-22

Wonderfully well read.

A laugh out loud and sadly reflecting mix of emotions in this wonderfully well read book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-24-22

Best book I’ve listened to all year

Seriously this book is amazing. I didn’t want it to end. I laughed out loud so many times.

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  • Christy Kirk
  • 11-20-22

Great story….tune the volume!!

Super cute story! But the narrator voice is volumed well. Whisper quiet one minute, miss a few sentences, then BOOM ear blast 💥 nice reading but the volume issue annoyed me on a 10 hour road trip!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-07-22

100% relatable

I loved the story. I am that 40 something f*ckup. I loved the characters. I could identify in some way with most of the characters. This book kept me intrigued and interested and will definitely be recommending it to my friends to read. 🌻🌻

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  • Julie Robertson
  • 10-26-22

Funny and reassuring

A great story, about the life, trials, tribulations, doubts and greatness of being 40something! A real book to be enjoyed by real people who want to find their tribe! Big up sally Phillips narration too 🙌🏻🙌🏻👌🏻

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-24-22

A BJD-esque heroine for the 21st century

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A light-hearted story that doesn’t take itself too seriously and at times (for me) is laugh-out-loud funny, while also sharing an authentic and touching reflection of themes affecting 40-something women these days. Absolutely adored Sally Phillip’s narration, highly recommend as an audiobook.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-15-22

Very entertaining but volume inconsistent

Great story but audio volume was not consistent - very annoying at times when trying to listen quietly in bed and had to keep adjusting the volume.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-09-22

Disappointing

I unfortunately finished listening to this book. It’s not what I expected, it’s awful and boring. Nell the main character is a contradiction - the entire book is contradiction. Why Nell allows her housemate to dictate how she packs the dishwasher and temperature of the house as well as going through the recycling to berate her - is beyond me. She then ends up with him… seriously.
Not something you would a expect of an independent, liberated woman that she portrays in her podcast. Disappointing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-20-22

Enlightening

I really needed to hear this.
I now feel less pressure and now i can just breathe.
Strive for progress not perfection!
Thank you girl 😊

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  • Wendy G
  • 07-31-22

Enjoyable rom-com

Very long book, but at times laugh out loud funny. Couldn't help but draw similarities between Bridget Jones and even pictured Edward played by Colin Firth.

For a modern day Bridget Jones, it's up there with a good funny love story, where the girl gets the guy in the end.