I Don’t Know How She Does It – Allison Pearson

This Friday sees the launch of the new movie featuring Sarah Jessica Parker, I Don’t Know How She Does It – based on the international bestselling book by the same name from author Allison Pearson.  The book, originally published in 2002 has sold over 3.5 million copies with translations in 32 countries.  It was re-released with the movie cover on 1st September 2011 by Vintage books.  The movie was filmed in New York and has an outstanding cast including Christina Hendricks, Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear and Kelsey Grammar.

image “Sarah Jessica Parker plays the role of Kate Reddy, mother of two and successful business woman.  A victim of time famine, 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 e-mail lover, and you have a woman juggling so many balls that some day soon something’s going to hit the ground”.

I have been reading the book for the past week and it’s been one of those hard to put down books with lines which stood out for me like “a mother of a one year old boy is a movie star in a world without critics” and “. . . men think about childcare with their wallets, women feel it in their wombs.  Phones may have become cordless, but mothers never will”.

As a Mum there are so many aspects of Kate that I could relate to; trying to always be there for her children but being pulled in so many directions, worrying about what the “muffia” (Mums in the school playground) will think of her so she fakes the mince pies for the School Christmas Party because she doesn’t have time to bake them.  Walking around the house and seeing the nagging things which need fixing, mentally make a note of them but then forgetting them until the next time she spots them (I do this one a lot!).  She has lists upon lists of things to do and remember, even reminders to make more time for her Husband (yes I’m ashamed to say I even recognise this one!).  The book is funny, witty and even sad in places, every woman should read it if they haven’t already.

As a result of the book I personally can’t wait to see the movie, I just know I won’t be disappointed and I think that Sarah Jessica Parker will fit the bill perfectly.

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  1. Julie Booth
    September 17, 2011 / 7:59 pm

    This book really appeals to me, especially after reading your description. My kids are teenagers now, but I feel even more time pressured, as they leave dirty dishes, dirty rooms and dirty washing everywhere…

    • mummymatters
      September 17, 2011 / 10:00 pm

      Oh I have all this to look forward to!! 😉 The book is definitely worth a read!

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