I Don't Know How She Does It by Alison Pearson

I Don't Know How She Does It

Alison Pearson

Working mother Kate Reddy tells her story in diary format, and is as endearing as Bridget Jones. But Kate has more brains, more wit and a lot more to worry about than what knickers to wear. At times hilarious, at times overwhelmingly sad, but always a riveting and satisfying read if not good PR for work in the financial sector! P.S. Men could really learn from reading this, though I doubt if any will do so, and even if they tried it would they see the point?

Extract

From: Kate Reddy To: Debra Richardson
Just chaired meeting where manager announced he had to leave to attend daughter's swimming gala. Practically knighted on the spot for services to Parenthood. It's sooooo unfair. Am coming to the conclusion that career-girl stuff is one generation only trick. Pls remind me what was drawback to that old life again?

From: Debra Richardson To: Kate Reddy

Once upon a time a beautiful, independent, self-assured princess happened upon a frog as she sat contemplating ecological issues.

The frog jumped into the princess's lap and said: Sweet Lady I was once a handsome Prince. One kiss from you and I will turn back into the dapper young Prince that I am. Then my sweet we can marry, and set up in yon castle, where you can prepare my meals, clean my clothes, bear my children, and forever feel grateful and happy doing so.'

That night, dining on lightly sauteed frog's legs the princess chuckled to herself and thought: 'I don't fucking think so!'

Parallels
  • Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
  • Don't You Want Me by India Knight
  • Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin

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