Allison Pearson is a Welsh journalist and author. Her 2002 novel I Don’t Know How She Does It has sold four million copies and was made into a successful Hollywood film of the same name in 2011, starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Pierce Brosnan. Allison’s second novel, I Think Love You, published in 2010, follows a teenage protagonist’s passion for David Cassidy in the 1970s, and has been commended for its warmth and sincerity.
Allison’s career in journalism started at the Financial Times, where she was sub-editor, before moving on to work at various prominent publications including The Independent, London’s Evening Standard and the Daily Mail. In 1993, Allison was awarded Critic of the Year at the British Press Awards and is now columnist and chief interviewer of the Daily Telegraph. She has presented Channel 4’s J’Accuse; BBC Radio 4’s The Copysnatchers and appeared as a regular panellist on Late Review (the predecessor of Newsnight Review).
Allison will continue the much-loved story of Kate Reddy in a sequel to I Don’t Know How She Does It, set to be published in 2017.
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Kate Reddy is back! This is the follow-up to the international bestseller I Don’t Know How She Does It, the novel that defined modern life for women everywhere. This time she’s juggling teenagers, ageing parents and getting back into the workplace, and every page will have you laughing and thinking: It’s not just me.
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? is a coming of age story for turning fifty. 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 page will leave you feeling that there’s a bit of Kate Reddy in all of us.
You have read the book, now see the film!
Allison Pearson’s seminal novel about working mother’s everywhere hits the big screen. Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Pierce Brosnan and Christina Hendricks, I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT receives the Hollywood treatment as the story of Kate Reddy is translated onto the big screen…
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Meet Kate Reddy, consumate juggler: motherhood, career, marriage, she spends her life keeping these various balls in the air while trying not to tear her hair out. A searingly poignant and yet classically funny novel, Allison Pearson’s debut evaluates the notion of ‘having it all’ for the modern woman whose life is the embodiment of ‘a comedy of failure and a tragedy of success.’
“Pearson writes with gratifying elegance and endearing self-mockery” —New York Times
“Funny, fast and full of nail-on-the-head observations” —Daily Telegraph
I THINK I LOVE YOU – Buy it here
In her bestselling debut, Allison Pearson spoke to mothers everywhere. Now, in I Think I Love You, she is back with her pitch-perfect ability to observe our lives, loves and relationships. We enter the world of two unforgettable friends: Petra and Sharon, in 1970s South Wales, who live for David Cassidy. His fan magazine is the girls’ Bible and they memorise every word that he sings and writes, in the hope of becoming the future Mrs Cassidy. But unbeknownst to Petra, and to millions of other hopefuls, David’s letters may not be all his own work. The secret lies with Bill Finn, English graduate turned reluctant pop journalist, whose job it is to compile the Ultimate David Cassidy Quiz. Top prize: the trip of a lifetime, to meet your one and only love.Over two decades later, bruised by grief , Petra is living with her thirteen-year-old daughter, who has her own teen crush. By sheer chance – unless you believe in destiny – Petra discovers that the questions which obsessed her back in 1974 are suddenly very much alive. And Bill, successful in business but never in love, has some confessions of his own…I Think I Love You is a classic story of friendship across the decades. A romantic comedy with a broken heart, it is Allison Pearson at her humane and captivating best.
PUBLICATION DATE: 20th January 2011