Allison Pearson
Best-Selling Author

Allison Pearson is the author of the hugely bestselling I Don’t Know How She Does It, now a major motion picture starring Sarah Jessica Parker, the sequel How Hard Can It Be?, and I Think I Love You. Allison was named Newcomer of the Year at the British Book Awards in 2002 for her first book.


Allison Pearson began her career with The Financial Times as a sub-editor, before moving to work for The Independent. She has written for The Daily Telegraph, The Times (UK), The Daily Mail, Time, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Observer, and countless other publications. She has won many awards including Columnist of the Year, Critic of the Year, and Interviewer of the Year. She currently lives in London with her family.

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St. Martin's Press

Seven years later after I Don't Know How She Does It, Kate Reddy is facing her 50th birthday. Her children have turned into impossible teenagers; her mother and in-laws are in precarious health; and her husband is having a midlife crisis that leaves her desperate to restart her career after years away from the workplace. Once again, Kate is scrambling to keep all the balls in the air in a juggling act.

Penguin Random House

With panache, wisdom, and uproarious wit, I Don’t Know How She Does It brilliantly dramatizes the dilemma of every working mom.

An Evening with Allison Pearson Allison Pearson discusses her career, her writing process, and having her work adapted for the big screen. Available as a solo presentation or moderated conversation.

Read the Washington Post Book World review of How Hard Can It Be?

Learn why one book editor is reading How Hard Can It Be? for fun this summer

Listen to the interview with Allison Pearson

Watch the Grown and Flown Facebook Live interview with Allison Pearson on How Hard Can It Be?

Read Allison Pearson’s column on ageism in the workplace in The New York Post

Read why USA Today thinks you should read How Hard Can It Be?

Listen to Allison Pearson talk about How Hard Can It Be? on Midday on WNYC

Read the Publishers Weekly profile on Allison Pearson

Check out why How Hard Can It Be? is a top summer pick for the New York Post, What She Reads, USA Today, Modern Mrs. Darcy, and Entertainment Tonight

Read this TIME magazine review of Allison Pearson and Lauren Weisberger’s new books

How Hard Can It Be? was featured in Buzzfeed’s article, “15 Incredibly Important Books About Motherhood”

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Check out Allison Pearson’s work on The Telegraph

Read this article on The Guardian about the writing of How Hard Can It Be?

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Allison Pearson’s novel, How Hard Can It Be?  has already been optioned for a TV series by “Big Little Lies” producer, check out the article on Deadline here.

The Zoe Report named How Hard Can It Be? one of the books to add to your summer reading list.

Pop Sugar added a feature on How Hard Can It Be? to their summer 2018 book list.

How Hard Can It Be? lands on The New York Time Book Review’s “Summer Reading Preview.”

Praise for How Hard Can it Be? "Brilliant, funny, and tender....Tackling sexism, growing older, and understanding one's needs when catering to those of so many others, Pearson writes realism with all the fun of escapism."
Booklist (starred review)

"In this side-splitting follow-up to I Don't Know How She Does It...the electricity is politively sparkling....Laugh-out-loud yet all too realistic....Spot on."
Library Journal (starred review)

“Few sequels beat the original, but How Hard Can It Be? does so hands down. Kate Reddy's comeback as a pushing-50 "Returner,” re-entering the workforce after a spell on the mommy track, is zesty, razor-sharp, and hilarious. With a robust absence of self-pity, she has defined the humiliating onset of "invisibility" that coincides with the onrushing pressures of parents, teenage kids, and a marriage gone flat, all while attempting to reinstate her perilous professional worth. It’s full of such quotable casual profundity on the female condition I couldn't read it without a pencil to underline the abundance of great lines. Get ready for Kate!”
—Tina Brown