Allison Pearson (Author of I Don't Know How She Does It)Helen Fielding returned us unexpectedly to the world of Bridget Jones two years ago, the eternal singleton now 51, widowed, and dipping a tentative toe into the waters of online dating. Last seen aged 34 in the bestseller, Reddy was the City fund manager trying to keep up with her high-flying job while managing her two children, nanny, cleaner and husband. The failure of society to tap into the huge pool of talent of women in their 50s and 60s. The extreme difficulty of raising teenagers in the wild west of social media. Plus the fact the menopause and all the bloody chaos it causes, both physical and mental, is hardly ever mentioned in fiction. All that struck me as pretty powerful material for a novel, a social comedy with dark and heartbreaking undertones. Pearson recently reintroduced Reddy to the world in the Daily Telegraph column Sandwich Woman , which sees the character dealing with issues including her daughter Emily photographing her naked bottom and posting it online.
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By Allison Pearson pp. Weight gain? Reduced sex drive? What sex drive? For a second, my younger self stares back at me: startled, wistful, pretty. Yes, your body temperature now veers from auto-fry to flash-frozen within minutes, which somehow distracted you from noticing that a tire displaced your waistline.
Thirteen-year-old Petra and her best friend Sharon are desperate to win a competition to meet their teen idol. Meanwhile Bill is unhappy in his job, ghostwriting the fanzine of the man so adored by the girls - and slightly unnerved by the extreme emotions of some of the fans. Fast forward to Petra is pushing forty and on the brink of divorce. While cleaning out her mother's wardrobe she finds a letter declaring her the winner of the competition she and Sharon had agonised over decades ago. So, twenty-four years after entering the competition the girls claim their prize and are flown out for an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas to meet their hero at last.