So Lucky: The bold, brilliant Sunday Times bestseller you need to read this year

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So Lucky: The bold, brilliant Sunday Times bestseller you need to read this year

So Lucky: The bold, brilliant Sunday Times bestseller you need to read this year

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Thanks to Netgalley, HarperCollins and the author for sending me an ARC of this book in return for an honest and unbiased review. I thoroughly enjoyed Dawn O'Porter's last book, The Cows, so was really looking forward to trying this new offering. All in all a great fun read with a powerful message that will resonate with many and I wholeheartedly recommend reading it.

If I have to say one thing - literally devoured this book and felt like a book addict with my next hit wanting more and more! Cleverly written. Thought-provoking . . . Beautifully drawn characters espouse the idea that you shouldn’t judge any book by its cover’ Daily Mail I found myself really moved by these characters; they’re addictive, relatable and ‘real’. O’Porter does a brilliant job at following each woman’s trajectory of growth. Each character gets a chance to grow and develop throughout the novel. I think bringing kids up in LA - I don’t know what their future looks like in terms of being teenagers and who their friends will be but they’re not going to get any level of celebrity from me at all.I really did love this book. Perhaps as much as the first and THAT’S saying something! I’d highly recommend this book to all. Writer and fashionista Sinéad Burke talks to Dawn about breaking into a competitive industry, representation, and loving the skin your in. What O'Porter does brilliantly throughout the book is combine real humour with some major and very current themes around the pressures of modern life - mental health, body image, relationship woes, self esteem and the impact of social media amongst them. As a result the book makes you laugh at times, at other times it makes you think hard and brings a lump to your throat as you reflect on the challenges women face. O'Porter ensures the book ends on a positive note with plenty of humour and a message about the power of sisterhood. I laughed and I cried and I read some parts through squinted eyes. This book was everything I didn’t know I needed. I’ll be thinking about these women for a long time. This book is spot on in so many ways, from swipes at celebrities who express “fashionable” mental health issues and “keeping it real” in terms of body image while constantly portraying unrealistically perfect lives and bodies, to Beth’s assistant’s well meant and sincerely held but sometimes naive conceptions of feminism.

I devoured this book in a couple of days; a modern-day fable that warns against the perils of thinking the grass is always greener - an adage as old as time, but seemingly more prevalent than ever in today’s era of social media. I stumbled across this podcast after reading your book and I absolutely love this! I feel as though your content is so real and relatable to everyones day to day life and it’s good to know that no matter how big or small our problems are - we are all going through something. I often write off celebrity authors and Dawn O'Porter has proved that I am completely wrong for doing so.Beth who is married with a young baby. Her husband has lost interest in sex and she can’t work out why which is diving her crazy. Then we have Lauren who is about to marry a rich celebrity. She has the perfect life on social media but there are rumours about her fiancé Gavin which just won’t go away. They are all trying to go about their daily lives despite feeling like failures and are trying to make the correct choices for themselves. Even though the characters are all quite different I loved them all by the end and it was a very easy book to read. It was slightly graphic in places, just in case you're easily offended! Dawn O’Porter in 1983 and 2022 Dawn O’Porter in 1983 and 2022. Later photograph: Simon Webb/The Guardian. Styling: Andie Redman. Hair and makeup: Heather Marnie. Archive photograph: courtesy of Dawn O’Porter

I’ve also always wanted to have fun with my clothes, but when you grow up on a small island like Guernsey you’ve got to be really brave to break away from what everyone else is doing. So I used to follow the herd, even though I knew I wanted to look different. Then, in my early 20s, I discovered vintage and that’s when it came together. After I gave up on modern fashion it was such a relief and everything made sense. I was raised by a dressmaker – my uncle made furs – and he’d turn clothes inside out and show me how they were stitched together, and I have so much sensory nostalgia for what my mum was like. The story follows three women, Ruby who is separated with a three year old daughter who she finds hard to manage and get along with. She also has a condition which makes her feel she must isolate herself from everyone.

Meghan Markle's daughter Princess Lilibet is so grown up with cute ponytail in rare photo The Duchess of Sussex offered fans a glimpse of daughter Princess Lilibet in her In true Dawn style, she has created layered, interesting characters who rile you up but also make you fall in love with them. If you enjoyed The Cows, you are going to LOVE this book. Timely, funny and very very entertaining’ Emma Gannon Seeing Ruby’s relationship with not only her daughter, but also with herself, strengthen, and Beth’s ability to empower herself and take full control of her happiness is rewarding. All are involved in different ways in selling images of perfection. Ruby earns her living - well aware of the ironies and dodgy ethics - by digitally altering photographs to make women appear flawless; Lauren portrays a carefully curated image of her perfect life and gorgeous self on social media; Beth and her young assistant, the strangely named Risky, plan perfect weddings for the rich and famous (and Beth has an apparently enviable marriage of her own).

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