Author(s): Allison Pearson
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 she's caught between her traitorous hormones, unknowable teenage children and ailing parents.She's back at work after a break, 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, her old client and flame Jack reappears - complicated doesn't even begin to cover it...
`Poignant and smart takes on the pressures affecting working mothers ... laugh out loud funny' Women's Agenda `How Hard Can It Be? is that rare thing: a sequel that matches and even surpasses the original.' Daily Telegraph `Once again, countless women will recognise themselves ... Pearson has a gift' The Times `Brilliantly well observed' INDIA KNIGHT `Sparkling, funny and poignant, this is a triumphant return for Pearson and hopefully not the last we will hear of Kate' Daily Express `Revolutionary ... Both funny and unflinching' ELIZABETH DAY, Daily Telegraph `As sharp and witty as ever ... hugely enjoyable' Daily Mail `Made me laugh, wince, shudder and shed a tear!' SOPHIE KINSELLA `Few sequels beat the original, but How Hard Can It Be? does so hands down ... zesty, razor-sharp and hilarious. It's full of such quotable casual profundity on the female condition I couldn't read it without a pencil to underline the abundance of great lines. Get ready for Kate!' TINA BROWN, magazine editor and bestselling author `Funny, heart-breaking, wise and delightful' SOPHIE HANNAH 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' Independent on Sunday `A Bible for the working mother' OPRAH `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 `Refreshingly engaging' Vogue `Funny, fast and full of nail-on-the-head observations' Daily Telegraph `A book that made me howl with laughter' The Times `Searing comedy' New Statesman `Painfully funny' Heat `Pearson never hides her intelligence or apologises for her seriousness of purpose' The Times `A funny, heartbreaking mirror of the daily lives of mothers' Telegraph Magazine `Pearson writes with gratifying elegance and endearing self-mockery' New York Times
Allison Pearson was born in South Wales. She is a columnist and feature writer for the Daily Telegraph. Allison's first novel, I Don't Know How She Does It, was an international bestseller; translated into 32 languages it was made into a movie of the same name. Oprah Winfrey called the book `A Bible for the working mother'. Allison lives in Cambridge with her family and two poodles. You can find her on Twitter @allisonpearson