The funniest WTF AM I DOING?! novel of the year
‘Hilarious, moving and filled with clear-eyed wisdom’ – Lucy Dillon
Nell Stevens’ life is a mess.
When her business goes bust and her fiancé with it, Nell’s happy ever after in California falls apart and she moves back to London to start over. But a lot has changed since she’s been gone. All her single friends are now married with children, sky-high rents force her to rent a room in a stranger’s house and in a world of perfect Instagram lives, she feels like a f**k up. Even worse, a forty-something f**k up.
But when she lands a job writing obituaries, Nell meets the fabulous Cricket, an eighty-something widow with challenges of her own, and they strike up an unlikely friendship. Together they begin to help each other heal their aching hearts, cope with the loss of the lives they had planned, and push each other into new adventures and unexpected joys.
Because Nell is determined. Next year things are going to be very different. It’s time to turn her life around.
An international bestseller, this is a book for anyone who’s ever worried life isn’t going to plan, Confessions of a Forty-Something F**k Up by Alexandra Potter will make you laugh and it might even make you cry. But most importantly, it will remind you that you’re not alone, because we’re all in this together.
Confessions of a Forty-Something F##k Up is available in ebook and hardback now. You can pre-order your copy using the link below or through your local indie bookstore.
I absolutely loved this uplifting, funny and absorbing read which was perfect for cheering me up after Christmas. I’ve been recommending it to everyone as I think we all need this book in our lives at the moment!
Firstly I absolutely loved Nell and I wish that I knew her in real life. She is such a realistic character, with many flaws and quirky ways of doing things that I warmed to her quickly. I think everyone will be able to relate to her in some way and it was great fun to follow her throughout the book. She definitely goes on a fascinating journey of discovery to find herself and it was an absolute joy to follow her on it. Cricket was another brilliant character who I grew fond of. Her zest and attitude to life was very inspiring and I hope that I am like her when I’m older.
The story builds slowly as we learn more about Nell, her past and the different groups of people in her life. There was always something happening which kept me glued to the page and lots of funny moments which had me laughing out loud, much to the amusement of my kids. It was very interesting to have a fly on the wall glimpse into the different parts of her life and to see how she dealt with all the problems she encounters. The modern twist of the podcast was a nice touch too, I’d definitely listen to a podcast like that.
I thought there was a lovely message running through the book that despite outward appearances no one’s life is fairy tale perfect and maybe if everyone was honest about what was happening in their lives it would stop a lot of problems. The ending was brilliant and very satisfying. I did guess how it would end but I actually enjoyed that as it meant I could relax more into the story. I was very sad to finish the book and I hope that there will be a sequel as I would love to visit Nell again.
Huge thanks to Pan Macmillan for my copy of this book via Netgalley.
About The Author:
Alexandra Potter is the bestselling author of eleven romantic comedy fiction novels in the UK. These titles have sold in twenty-two territories and achieved worldwide sales of more than one million copies (making the bestseller charts in the UK, US, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Serbia).
Yorkshire born and raised, Alex currently lives in South-West London with Mr California and their Bosnian rescue dog and when she’s not spending time writing or travelling, she’s spending far too much time on Instagram being reminded that she should be exercising regularly, drinking enough water, practising mindfulness and feeling blessed.