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Half a Wife: The Working Family's Guide to Getting a Life Back Paperback – 3 Jan 2013

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (3 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099555743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099555742
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 613,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A wonderfully sane and helpful book. Better than Calpol. I only wish it had been around when I became a mother. Gaby Hinsliff has written an invaluable guide for any parent struggling to reconcile their twin passions for their children and their work" (Allison Pearson)

"Politicians should take note: politics is personal; get it right for families and business, and Downing Street will beckon" (Sunday Times)

"Half a Wife is important ... Why should we all have an awful time just because that's the way it's always been? Why shouldn't we see our children and also pursue some sort of intellectual life? We can be happy, says Hinsliff, if we just try" (Evening Standard)

"Hinsliff's ideas for how working parents should proceed are provactive and good...It had me wanting to go for a coffee with her. As she points out, Wi-Fi and the BlackBerry are as revolutionary to working women as the pill...a wholly supportive blueprint for any harassed parent thinking about working from home or currently doing so...this is a book for our age" (Observer)

"The eternal dilemma of how to balance life as a working parent is examined here with clarity, empathy and inspirational practical advice… A must-read for any new parent or those contemplating the biggest lifestyle change they will ever make" (Sally Morris Daily Mail)

About the Author

Gaby Hinsliff started her career in 1994 as a reporter on the Grimsby Evening Telegraph, and within a decade had worked her way up to being Political Editor of the Observer. In 2007, she took nine months off after the birth of her son before going back to her old full-time job, but two years later she finally decided she'd had enough of life getting lost in the rush. The piece she wrote about this in the Observer was a sensation and prompted both her blog Used To Be Somebody and this book. She now lives happily with her son and husband in Oxfordshire, working as a freelance political commentator and columnist for Grazia magazine.

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