How Do We Know We're Doing It Right?: And Other Thoughts On Modern Life (Paperback)
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How Do We Know We're Doing It Right?: And Other Thoughts On Modern Life (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 13/05/2021
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A collection of wise and witty essays from Pandora Sykes questions the perceived wisdom of modern life and asks whether anybody really knows what they are talking about. Covering a broad range of topics from consumerism to mindfulness, Sykes’ sage advice is a valuable asset in these confusing times.

Modern life is full of choices. But how do we know what our best life looks like? And what if we get it wrong?

Incisive, wide-ranging and witty, How Do We Know We're Doing it Right? explores the questions, anxieties and agendas that consume our lives. Pandora Sykes interrogates the stories we've been sold and the ones we tell ourselves - from happiness to wellness; womanhood to consumerism - in ways that are both surprising and reassuring. How Do We Know We're Doing it Right? will spark a thousand conversations and encourage us to find our own path to contentment.

Pandora Sykes is a journalist and contributing editor and columnist for Elle magazine. Previously the Fashion Features Editor and a columnist for the Sunday Times Style, she has also written for the Telegraph, Guardian, GQ, i-D, Red magazine, Vogue Australia and Man Repeller. With Dolly Alderton, Pandora Sykes hosts the no 1 iTunes current affairs podcast The High Low, which has 250,000 weekly listeners and has featured authors including Leila Slimani, Reni Eddo-Lodge and Tina Brown.

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9781786091000
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 216 g
Dimensions: 197 x 129 x 19 mm


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'A timely collection of essays from journalist and podcast host Pandora Sykes that touch on everything from happiness to wellness; womanhood to consumerism and the anxieties and agendas that consume our lives ... Sharp and observant writing ... A manifesto for the millennial woman.' - Evening Standard

'A collection of essays that feel like I'm in a deep and open conversation with the person who peered inside my head and saw exactly what I've been thinking about all these years. Thorough, timely and fulsome.' - Candice Carty-Williams

'Sykes's essays, written pre-pandemic, could have read like a relic from a pampered bygone age with nothing bigger to worry about. Yet, instead, it feels like a cleareyed warning of the world to which we may now be returning.' - Gaby Hinsliff, Guardian

'Tackles subjects that some might dismiss as trivial (texting, social media, why women increasingly want to dress like one another) with striking intellectual rigour ... refreshing for the depth and breadth of its research. Rather than making generalisations about womanhood based on anecdotes from her own life, Sykes draws on statistics, philosophy, pop culture and more to make thoughtful, considered observations.' - Stylist

'I absolutely loved How Do We Know We're Doing It Right?. It's like a very clever, lucid, charming friend unpacking all the messy anxieties of modern existence with tremendous intelligence and elan. Women will recognise parts of the themselves on every page, regardless of their age, whether Sykes is writing about authenticity, social media or the need to always seem busy. I found it deeply interesting and often enlightening: I kept putting it down to think about something the author had said. Read this book. It will help your life.' - India Knight

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Celina Meza

“Perfect for Millennial Women”

As a millennial born in the early 90s, I really enjoyed these essays. A lot of them come from a place of privilege that I don’t possess, but the commentary on being a woman in this society is interesting to read. I... More

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