AN INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER AND NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE Meet Kate Reddy, fund manager and mother of two. A victim of time famine, Kate counts seconds like other women count calories. Factor in a manipulative nanny, an Australian boss who looks at Kate's breasts as if they're on special offer, a long-suffering husband, her quietly aghast in-laws, two needy children and an email lover, and you have a woman juggling so many balls that some day something's going to hit the ground. In an uproariously funny and achingly sad novel, Allison Pearson brilliantly dramatises the dilemma of working motherhood at the start of the twenty-first century.
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Allison Pearson has developed her columns in the Daily Telegraph about the struggles of working mum Kate Reddy into a full-length novel, with astounding success. Scathing, poignant and wickedly funny, this is a tale for our times, as Kate faces up to the impossibility of keeping her boss, her children and her husband happy, let alone finding some time for herself. Kate Reddy has a high-flying job in a City firm, a precocious Disney-besotted five-year-old and an adorable mother-fixated toddler. Her husband's laissez-faire attitude drives her to distraction, she's fiendishly jealous of the nanny and she knows she's an object of scorn to the local non-working mothers known as the 'Muffia'. The novel opens as Kate is busily 'distressing' Sainsbury's mince pies for the school Nativity play in a desperate attempt to make them look homemade. During the following pages she contends with chauvinistic work colleagues, critical parents-in-law, multi-million dollar presentations and a burgeoning love affair conducted almost exclusively by e-mail. Starved of the time to spend with her family, she suffers agonies of guilt when she lets them down for the umpteenth time as she jets off to Frankfurt or New York with memos about bouncy castles, hamsters and schools for Emily hammering away inside her head. Allison Pearson perfectly captures the guilty freneticism of many working mothers; there are touches of pure comedy when Kate's frantic attempts to remember everything come embarrassingly unstuck, and she seems to be watching herself going out of control with a detached, fascinated horror. Juggling all these balls in the air is becoming increasingly tricky - before long, something is going to come crashing down. Many women will laugh hollowly as they see their own experiences reflected in Kate's demented race against time, as she feels duty-bound to do everything and please everyone, and Pearson makes several biting comments about the real difference between the sexes, in terms of expectations and their roles as parents. A truly compulsive read. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Allison Pearson
Allison Pearson was born in South Wales. An award-winning journalist, she was named Newcomer of the Year at the British Book Awards for I Don't Know How She Does It. Allison has written for many magazines and newspapers including the Independent on Sunday, Observer, the Sunday Times and the London Evening Standard. She is a contributing editor to Harper's Bazaar and, for four years, she was the popular Wednesday columnist of the Daily Mail. Allison is now a staff writer at the Daily Telegraph. She lives with her family in Cambridge.