How Do We Know We're Doing It Right? (Hardback)Pandora Sykes (author)
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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.
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 407 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 144 mm
'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
'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
'A collection shot through with inquiring curiosity and thoughtful questioning, written with real consideration and candour.' - Elizabeth Day
'Pandora is my personal guru on all things relating to the zeitgeist. How lucky you are that she can now be yours too.' - Dolly Alderton
'A brilliant, brave and highly erudite collection of essays. Pandora Sykes is emerging as a leading thinker of her generation.' - Will Storr
'Plainly and hotly, ahead of its time. It is a masterful collection of essays that I held in my hand like a tome. Citing everyone from Keynes to Kardashian(s), this brilliant, joyful, wise, necessary collection gives you everything you need. The writing is sharp and also lush. Irreverent yet emotionally intelligent. It is an encylopedia of tomorrow, a history of yesterday, and a means by which to understand and navigate the present.' - Lisa Taddeo, author of Three Women
'Self-aware, self-deprecating, relatable, funny and brilliantly curious.' - Stacey Dooley
'With this book, Pandora has done heavy lifting around our day-to-day quandaries for you. Thoughtful, well-researched and wise, Pandora's got it licked. You need it on your desk for those moments when you think "what's the point"? Read it and then bugger on feeling a lot brighter and less alone.' - Emma Barnett
'In How Do We Know We're Doing It Right?, Pandora Sykes puts her considerable intelligence, unflinching attention and incredible use of language to scrutinise, unpick, challenge and forgive some of the trickiest knots facing modern woman. Under her gaze the apparently superficial reveal significant and systematic injustices; the personal is used as a way to prise open a window on conditioning, consumerism and codswallop. She looks beyond the white, middle class, well-educated female experience to ask: where are we, how did we get here and don't we deserve better? It's a bloody triumph.' - Nell Frizzell, author of The Panic Years
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“Insightful and beautifully written”
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