> Skip to content

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?

Reviews

Forget all the pretenders to the chick-fic crown, the tiara belongs to Kathy Lette and she’s got the novels to prove it

Daily Mirror

Dorothy Parker-esque… A wisecracking caper with hidden depths

Sunday Times

Chick lit gets a welcome facelift… when she caricatures the charlatans of the beauty profession, she is almost Dickensian

Observer

Read More

Formats & editions

  • EBook

    9781409043287

    September 13, 2012

    Transworld Digital

    320 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks
    • Google Play
    • Kobo

Also by Kathy Lette

After the Blues
Best Laid Plans
Courting Trouble
Love Is Blind
Altar Ego
Puberty Blues
Mad Cows
Foetal Attraction
The Boy Who Fell To Earth
Men: A User's Guide
Because I am a Girl
To Love, Honour And Betray

Recommendations

The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
A Gentleman in Moscow
Echo Burning
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Girl on the Train
The Heart's Invisible Furies
Dragonfly In Amber
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Golden House
The Bear and The Nightingale
Ready Player One
The Trip of a Lifetime
Breath
On Chesil Beach
Animal Farm
The Light Between Oceans
Sanctuary
A Long Way from Home
The Travelling Cat Chronicles