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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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  • 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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  • Ali J Newman
  • 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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  • Rebekah Pawlowycz
  • 11-20-21

One if my favourite

A must read if you need cheering up, especially if 50th birthday looming or past!

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  • francisfriend
  • 12-16-20

it's a challenging topic dealt with truth and hone

I was recommended this book by a client I massaged as we were discussing hormones and learning about how to live with all the constant changes and learn more about our body's. I realised I hadn't read a novel for enjoyment for a really long time so decided to download it on Audible so I could listen to it on journey's. I've absolutely loved it! and found myself also listening over breakfast and at bedtime. Allison Pearson's writing draws you in with all the emotions and feelings that you recognise because you've felt them yourself and Poppy Miller reads beautifully. I don't usually download books not narrated by the Author, but Poppy's timing, expression and voices for different characters in the story have been a delight. it's a challenging topic dealt with truth and honesty but with a sense of respect and just the right balance of humour to leave you with a strong sense of connection to all other women, the author, the narrator, the characters and the peace and strength to carry on carrying on with your own story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-02-20

A bit slow to start with, however, much better from the half way mark.

Enjoyed the book. Good reading voice and much better towards the middle and end. Was sad it finished!

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  • Victoria
  • 08-20-20

frustrating

Unfortunately the performance is marred by huge changes in volume which makes it very hard to listen to.

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  • Alex Moorin
  • 04-18-20

You will not be disappointed...

Hilarious, moving, spot on. If you enjoyed the first book, you will love this one even more

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  • J L Dibden
  • 03-11-20

Loved it....

Completely relatable. Witty, fun and well written. I couldn’t get enough of it and didn’t want it to end.

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  • Carol
  • 12-20-19

Poor Volume Control

This book was rendered almost un-listenable for me. The volume was really erratic, with the narrator shouting and dropping her voice at intervals, necessitating constant adjustment of the volume control. Very irritating!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-06-21

loved this book

the story is a good one I enjoyed it all the way through.
the only down side us the narration gose very quiet in places the loud again had to listen to with earphones in

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  • Allison O'Bryan
  • 09-20-18

I hated it

Kate, the main character, was infuriating. I yelled several times at her while listening to the book in my car. The way she was letting everyone just step all over her, while thinking of what she WANTED to say to people was just irritating. You’re a grown-ass woman, stick up for yourself for Pete’s sake. Also a lot of eye rolling. I couldn’t stand how she handled so many situations. The whole thing felt so depressing - the way she described her life as an almost 50 year old woman was just so grim and desperate.

The performer’s American accent was straight up terrible to the point where it was very off-putting. The way she read Emily was also annoying. I’m actually going to return this because it annoyed me so much.

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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!