Backwards in High Heels: The Impossible Art of Being Female

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This smart and frank collection distills the trials and triumphs of being a woman, all in a gifty volume filled with whimsical fullcolor illustrations. In 15 subject-driven chapters relevant to women of all ages, authors Tania Kindersley and Sarah Vine’s essays cover topics ranging from feminism to face cream, motherhood to money, and politics to perfection. Titles like The Danger of Romantic Love,” Why There is No Such Thing as a Guilt-Free Working Mother,” How Not to Go Mad,” parts 1 and 2, and Why There is No Excuse for Bad Sex” develop into a tuned and sophisticated voice that is at once a mother, best friend, and shrink, revising expectations, bashing stereotypes, and illuminating the experience of life.

This is the ultimate sophisticated gift for any woman of any age. Both young and old will find familiarity in the admonitions, recollections, and powerful advice of two writers who have done it all. This brilliant feat of realism,” so called by the Sunday Times Magazine, gently guides the way without claiming to have all the answers.

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About the Author:

Tania Kindersley has published six novels and her writing has appeared in various publications, including The Times of London and the Guardian. She lives in Gloucester with two black dogs and a pair of Gloucester Old Spot pigs.

Sarah Vine is a writer and editor at The Times of London. She co-authored The Great Big Glorious Book for Girls. Sarah lives in West London with her husband, two naughty children, and a naughtier Jack Russell.

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October 15, 2009, Plum Sykes, author of Society Girls, Bergdorf Blondes, and The Debutante Divorcée
"This book is the best friend I always wish I had: funny, witty, intelligent."

October 15, 2009, Lulu Guinness, British fashion designer and author of Put on Your Pearls, Girls!
"It's simply brilliant: buy it and give it to all your friends"

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“From feminism to face cream, Backwards in High Heels is a witty collection of essays about the joy and pain of being a lady.”

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