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A hilarious and daring romp through the ugly side of the beauty industry, from the wonderful Kathy Lette.

Journalist Lizzie McPhee has always thought of beauty as a case of mind over matter – if you don¹t mind, it doesn’t matter.

But all that changes when she begins the countdown towards the big 4-0. Suddenly, she¹s comparing her butt buoyancy to that of women on billboards and worrying about wrinkles.

But the pitter-pitter-pat of tiny crow’s feet is soon the least of Lizzie’s worries. In the space of twenty four hours, she is replaced as news anchor by a young himbo who keeps fit by doing step aerobics off his own ego. And then she catches her surgeon husband Hugo cheating with catty soap actress Britney Amore – a woman whose bra cup size is bigger than her IQ.

Suddenly, Lizzie is in free fall. Can she turn back the clock, and win back her life? Or will she discover there’s a better way to grow older gracefully?

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  • Paperback


    September 18, 2012

    Black Swan

    320 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • EBook


    September 13, 2012

    Transworld Digital

    320 pages

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Love Is Blind
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Foetal Attraction
The Boy Who Fell To Earth
Men: A User's Guide
Because I am a Girl
To Love, Honour And Betray


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To Kill A Mockingbird
A Gentleman in Moscow
Echo Burning
The Girl on the Train
The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Dragonfly In Amber
The Bear and The Nightingale
Swing Time
Fifty Shades Darker
Norwegian Wood
The Lost Symbol
Ready Player One
The Light Between Oceans
A Long Way from Home
The Travelling Cat Chronicles