“Well, it’s fair to say your background isn’t conventional in terms of the average barrister…” Dolus points out. “Well that depends on your definition of conventional and who wants to be average anyway?”
Northern girl Amanda Bentley isn’t your average lawyer.
She spent her teenage years in the Working Men’s club and hanging out in the park to avoid going home. Fresh out of law school she lands pupillage at a top set of Chambers and is catapulted into a world completely alien to her own, fighting prejudice and snobbery at every turn.
Piling on the pressure, this year it is announced two candidates have been accepted but there’s only one job at the end of it. And her competition? Marty, her smarmy law school nemesis.
Throw into the mix an ill-advised romance with the staggeringly sexy Sid Ryder and Amanda quickly realises winning pupillage isn’t just about how good a lawyer you are.
But even if she does come out on top, all of it could be for nothing if her colleagues ever discover who she really is and one very dark secret.
My 4* Review
Amanda takes you on her unconventional journey as she enlists on her pupillage with a point to prove. She is sassy, feisty and doesn’t want to conform, I fell in love with her straight away as she is a girl after my own heart and she isn’t afraid to say what she thinks regardless of whether her actions help achieve her end goal.
I love nothing more than being able to curl up with a book and being compelled to keep turning the pages to find out what happens to the characters that have been bought to life. Roxie Cooper accomplished all of this in her 1st novel, I really enjoyed this book for all of those reasons. It was a lovely refreshing read and I was drawn in and wanted to find out what would be thrown Amanda’s way next and how she would deal with it.
Allison Pearson’s brilliant debut novel, I Don’t Know How She Does It, was a New York Times bestseller with four million copies sold around the world. Called “the definitive social comedy of working motherhood” (The Washington Post) and “a hysterical look–in both the laughing and crying senses of the world–at the life of Supermom” (The New York Times), I Don’t Know How She Does It introduced Kate Reddy, a woman as sharp as she was funny. As Oprah Winfrey put it, Kate’s story became “the national anthem for working mothers.”
Seven years later, Kate Reddy is facing her 50th birthday. Her children have turned into impossible teenagers; her mother and in-laws are in precarious health; and her husband is having a midlife crisis that leaves her desperate to restart her career after years away from the workplace. Once again, Kate is scrambling to keep all the balls in the air in a juggling act that an early review from the U.K. Express hailed as “sparkling, funny, and poignant…a triumphant return for Pearson.”
Will Kate reclaim her rightful place at the very hedge fund she founded, or will she strangle in her new “shaping” underwear? Will she rekindle an old flame, or will her house burn to the ground when a rowdy mob shows up for her daughter’s surprise (to her parents) Christmas party? Surely it will all work out in the end. After all, how hard can it be?
I have just had the pleasure of finishing this book, it came highly recommended and I can see why. This book was a strike of comedy genius, it tackles the lovely Kate and her trials and tribulations of being a premenopausal working mum, it made me laugh throughout and it will strike a chord with any working mum as we have all been her at some point. Praise for Allison Pearson on being able to capture all of this so well and create a book full of pure comedy moments but also touching on the trials and tribulations of being both a working mum and a teenager girl in todays society.