I Don't Know How She Does it, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (5 ratings)


THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLERThe prequel to How Hard Can It Be?Meet Kate Reddy, fund manager and mother of two.

Always time-poor, 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. If you could buy stock in a book, I would stake all my savings on the success of I Don't Know How She Does It.

Here at last is the definitive social comedy of working motherhood - Washington PostFunny, fast and full of nail-on-the-head observations - Daily Telegraph


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Of all the books passed round our book group last year this was probbaly the favourite....I thought I was the only person in the world who used to buy mince pies and them rough them up a bit so that they looked homemade on the PTAs Xmas cake stall.

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Engaging from the first chapter - I loved reading about the heroine, Kate - a working mom who is the main breadwinner for her family as high power stockbroker type. She mourns that she can't be the perfect mother to her children, but scoffs at the moms in the neighborhood and at school who have made their children their priority and quit work. She doesn't really know how to get out of the life she has, but knows she does want it to slow down somehow. I didn't fall in love with the character of Kate, but I did totally enjoy reading about her chaotic life.

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Audio book. Very humourous story of a woman balancing a high-flying career and the social expectations of her role as a wife and mother to 2 small children in wealthy London.

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I had to give this 3 stars, because I did want to finish it, but I didn't really like it. I kept asking myself not so much 'I don't know how she does it', as 'I don't know why she does it'! Very irritating protagonist. And yes, I am a working mother, but not to that extent - the bottom line is, you can't have it all because there isn't enough time!

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I really enjoyed meeting Kate Reddy, a high-powered working mother of two whose attempts to keep work, home, marriage and LIFE in balance are described with, as the book cover reads, "panache, wisdom, and uproarious wit." Too bad some of the funny parts weren't even explicable to my dear husband and son, who watched my giggles in puzzlement.