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  • Published: 17 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9780857526939
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $24.99

I Feel Bad About My Neck

And Other Thoughts On Being a Woman

NOW WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION FROM DOLLY ALDERTON, revealing how a new generation can take inspiration from Nora's sharp wit and wisdom about life: the international No.1 bestseller by the creator of When Harry Met Sally, Heartburn, and Sleepless in Seattle.

'So bold and so vulnerable at the same time. I don't know how she did it' - Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Now with an introduction from Dolly Alderton, author of Everything I Know About Love, revealing how a new generation of women can take inspiration from Nora's sharp wit and wisdom about life.

* Never marry a man you wouldn't want to be divorced from.

* If the shoe doesn't fit in the shoe store, it's never going to fit.

* When your children are teenagers, it's important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.

* If only one third of your clothes are mistakes, you're ahead of the game.

* Anything you think is wrong with your body at the age of thirty-five you will be nostalgic for by the age of forty-five.
'I give this as a present more than other book. I buy it for people so often that I've been known to give girlfriends two copies, one birthday after another' - Dolly Alderton

'I am only one of millions of women who will miss Nora's voice' Lena Dunham

'Oh how I loved Nora Ephron' Nigella Lawson

'Funny, knowing and smart' India Knight

'The book that most influenced me' Lily Allen

'Nora's exacting, precise, didactic, tried-and-tested, sophisticated-woman-wearing-all-black wisdom is a comfort and a relief' Dolly Alderton

  • Published: 17 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9780857526939
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $24.99

About the author

Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron was an Academy Award-winning screenwriter and film director of When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail and Julie & Julia. She was also a bestselling novelist (Heartburn, made into a film starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep), and journalist. Her last books I Feel Bad About My Neck and I Remember Nothing were both huge international bestsellers. She died in 2012.

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Praise for I Feel Bad About My Neck

Wildly funny

Joanna Trollope

An uncanny ability to sound like your best friend, whoever you are

The New York Times

What's refreshing about Ephron is that she refuses to entertain any illusions about the terrible fate that awaits us. What's great about her is that she makes the truth about life so funny when it should be so grim

Sunday Times

Few will troll these droll selections without being charmed to bits... Recall how hard it was last year to find a present for Mother's Day that wasn't yet one more box of chocolate? Remember this book. You'll thank me. It's perfect

Lionel Shriver, Guardian

Nobody does it funnier

Maureen Lipman

One of the smartest, slickest looks at being a woman growing older... a bit like having your own clever film narrator's voice accompanying you through the sticky bits of life: the grief of a sagging neck, the joy of a good handbag, the unremitting loss of a best friend and the effort of facing up to no longer being 50

Good Housekeeping

Lots of good jokes, and a wonderfully amusing read

Virginia Ironside

Had me in complete fits of laughter

Judy Astley



Wry and amusing... brave and funny

Washington Post

The key to Ephron's humour is likeability... she knows that the point of writing personal essays is to make readers say not "This woman is crazy" but "So you feel like that too, huh?"

The Oldie

The book that most influenced me... It triggered me to write my own book, and ask myself questions about who I was, what kind of woman I am and how the world had shaped me.

LILY ALLEN, Guardian

So bold and so vulnerable at the same time. I don’t know how she did it.


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