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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Books (13 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857830589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857830586
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.6 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Joanna is a journalist, broadcaster and mother of three daughters. She has worked as a broadcast journalist for twenty years. She is a well-known face on BBC Television News, as the main evening anchor on the BBC's News Channel and occasional presenter on BBC1. This is Joanna's first book. She wrote it after deciding she'd spent too long feeling like her head was full and it was time to get a strategy for coping with a busy life to allow her time to indulge in her passion for creativity and making. Her mantra is 'Minimum effort, maximum return.'

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'BBC news presenter, wife and mother-of-three Joanna Gosling has unlocked the secret of keeping home and work life stress-free and running smoothly.' Mail on Sunday's YOU Magazine

'Instead of losing the will to live, I felt full of inspiration.'
The Lady

'Helpful, witty and full of clever tips, it will make you look differently at the everyday drudgery of chores.' Best

'A brilliant new manual for modern living.' Mail on Sunday's YOU Magazine

'If life came with an instruction manual this smart book would surely be the supplied guide.... This is one book that just might change your life, if only in small ways.'
Australian Women's Weekly

'A stylish reference book, perfect for dipping into for inspiration on ways to make life run more smoothly - isn't that something we all dream of?'
--Families Magazine

About the Author

Joanna is a journalist, broadcaster and mother of three daughters. She has worked as a broadcast journalist for twenty years. She is a well-known face on BBC Television News, as the main evening anchor on the BBC's News Channel and occasional presenter on BBC1. This is Joanna's first book. She wrote it after deciding she'd spent too long feeling like her head was full and it was time to get a strategy for coping with a busy life to allow her time to indulge in her passion for creativity and making. Her mantra is 'Minimum effort, maximum return.'

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63 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Third Time Lucky on 10 Nov 2011
Format: Hardcover
[[26/11/11 An earlier version of this review was deleted by Amazon; apparently it unfairly cast doubt on the credibility of other reviews. To avoid its being deleted again, all I'll say is this: you might want to click onto a reviewer's other postings (or absence of them) before deciding whether to purchase. If only I'd taken my own advice, sigh. However, the main content of my review remains the same, and is posted below]].

Joanna Gosling is a rising star of breakfast television. She has an equally successful husband, a gorgeous house in a very swanky part of London, and three highly decorative children. (I know all this because they feature liberally in the glossy magazine interviews Gosling has given to publicise this book).

Instead of sitting back and appreciating this rather embarrassing excess of good fortune, Gosling has decided to tempt the big left hook of fate by showing off her wonderful lifestyle in this very nicely designed but otherwise utterly pointless book.

Ostensibly, 'Wonderwoman' is a book of handy hints. These are haphazardly organised, poorly written, and universally culled from the pages of Google and Mumsnet; if you think they are worth the £17.99 cover price, you are clearly too daft to be left alone in the house, never mind be expected to run it.

Here are some of Joanna's gems:

* Forget sewing in nametapes, use a fabric pen!

* Radiators dusty? Buy a radiator brush!

* Want to protect your sofa? Cover it with a blanket!

* Got stainless steel appliances? Use baby oil to polish them!

Alongside these new frontiers in the bleeding obvious, Gosling has included the obligatory craft projects.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Henrietta Black on 8 Oct 2011
Format: Hardcover
I love this book!! I'm stocking up now for my sister, mother and sister-in-law for Christmas! And it looks uber-stylish too.I keep my copy by my bed and dip into it every night for inspiration for the next day. With 4 children I need all the help I can get and Joanna Gosling is always one step ahead with all her brilliant wondertips and shortcuts for keeping a busy household running beautifully and looking gorgeous. Don't expect a superwoman when you read it though. The author makes it clear from the start that her advice and tips are to free you up to do the fun stuff. My best tip in the book? After my Christmas wreath was also stolen from my door, it has to be the gorgeous cost-effective alternative...
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By QuackQuack on 12 Oct 2011
Format: Hardcover
I got a copy of Simply Wonderwoman on Friday. I moved to a new house 2 years ago and inherited a simply dreadful white sink (Please if you are doing your kitchen up, don't buy a white sink!). When we moved in it was disugstingly stained and revolting. I've spent the last two years throwing bleech, floor cleaner (thought it would be stronger!) at it - leaving it to soak, but as it's liquid it just went down the not very well fitting plug very quickly, so it's been a loosing battle. We are not due to renovate the kitchen for another 2 years so I'd resigned myself to having it being revolting. BUT, low and behold I read about bicarbonate of Soda and lemon juice in Joanna Goslings bible. Because it's a paste, it doesn't just run down the plug hole. I pasted the juice of half a lemon and 2 tea spoons of bicarb on my revolting sink, then gave it a really good scrub and IT'S AMAZING!!!!!! It's not perfect yet, as there are still some staining. But it was my first go at it. I would say it's 80% better (I would now not be so embarrassed by it now). I'm going to give it another go tomorrow, and am confident that I will then have a white sink!! Yippee!!!! I also made the playdough for a playgroup I go to - it was so beyond easy, I made it before I took the children to school, so so so easy and quick! I can't wait to try out the other tips, my husband will start to wonder where this new and improved wife has come from!!!!
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful By sally anne on 8 Oct 2011
Format: Hardcover
Just received my copy of Simply Wonderwoman. This book will be invaluable to me. I am a working Grandma (only part-time!)with also a busy social life.At times life certainly gets hectic so any way to make life easier is a bonus and this book certainly ticks the boxes.
It is a lovely book to handle and I have already earmarked young and old who will be receiving this for Christmas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anniemac on 17 Sep 2013
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and believe me i buy ALOT of books on all manner of subjects. I just love this, got it when it first came out and constantly come back to it, I always find new inspiration. I am a fulltime working mother and do have a lot to do. I find Joanna G's style very easy and enjoyable. Her tips are both money saving and time saving. I have baked the doll cake, made the chocolate chip biscuits, bought a label maker(and LOVE it), keep all my glass jars and use them, make my own fabric softener - all from this book. I am surprised at the critical comments people seem to have an issue goodness knows why, well I love this book, one of my kids is always laughing at how much I read it and re-read it but to me it speaks for the quality. Looking forward to reading the new one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mrs coop on 19 Aug 2012
Format: Hardcover
I couldn't decide whether this book deserves 2 or 3 stars - if there was an option for 2.5 I would have gone for that. Parts of this book are helpful, the section on getting organised does have some useful ideas and the keeping house chapter, which tells you how to make your own cleaning products from basic ingredients, has been useful for me. I've definitely noticed a saving on cleaning products and it is better for the environment. However, the rest of the book, which in the author's own words is "about doing stuff that doesn't have to be done" is not useful when you are buying a book which says its target market are women with too much to do. Having said that, there are some nice ideas and recipes in the book which I might try, although I can't help but think that while her tealight holders and lanterns (made from old jars) look nice in the soft-focus photographs of her beautifully decorated home, in real life they will just look like scabby old jars.
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