Harriet Carew is the endearing heroine of Cristina Odone's popular weekly 'Daily Telegraph' column, 'Posh But Poor'. Based on the character from the column, 'The Dilemmas of Harriet Carew' is the story of her struggle to juggle family life, work and money.
Meet Harriet Carew, mother of three and juggler of work, home and family. Harriet only wants to do her best for her husband Guy, her children and herself. But while their friends flourish, and other parents look on pityingly, the Carews are struggling – and sliding down the ladder of fortune and happiness. Guy is a writer with a starry past, a humdrum present and unrealistic optimism about the future. His starchy family still treat Harriet as a newcomer to the family. Alex (12) is lazy, Tom (10) is bullied at school and Maisie (3) just misses her mum. Harriet is torn between wanting to be at home more and the need to work longer hours to help pay the school fees. When Harriet’s ex-boyfriend James turns up, super-successful and single, Harriet must make some tough decisions.
Funny, witty, warm and page-turning, this is the novel that every woman will want to read.
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Cristina Odone writes a Tuesday opinion column in the ‘Daily Telegraph’ as well as 'Posh but Poor' which has appeared on Wednesdays since August 2006. For the past six years she has written a column in the ‘Observer’. A former deputy editor of the ‘New Statesman’ and media critic of the ‘Guardian’, Cristina broadcasts regularly on television and radio.Review:
‘Funny and moving.’ Wendy Holden
‘Engaging, funny and charming, just like its heroine.’ Penny Vincenzi
‘A satirical take on high-fliers who suffer from debt-lag. Odone dissects modern mores with scalpel precision and a comically caustic eye. A great read.’ Kathy Lette
‘Cristina Odone’s novel makes a wonderfully sure-footed guide to the trials and tribulations of the World of the Posh, and how to survive it when you're not quite rich enough...’ Julian Fellowes
‘“The Dilemmas of Harriet Carew” is a deft satire on what has been dubbed "status anxiety".' Seven, The Sunday Telegraph
‘Harriet Carew is the endearing heroine of Cristina Odone's popular weekly Daily Telegraph column, Posh But Poor...Witty, warm and page-turning.' Glamour magazine
'A witty, endearing and sweetly comic read...four stars.' Heat magazine
Warm, witty and page-turning’.’ Glamour magazine
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