“From the age of 10, all I ever wanted was to be cool. I didn’t care about being clever or pretty or nice, I just wanted to be cool.

Fast-forward a couple of decades or so, and, well… they don’t tell you what happens to manic pixie dream girls when they find themselves single and depressed in their mid-to-late thirties.

I guess when you lose your family, your boyfriend and your mind, you’re forced to find yourself.

And I need to be STAUNCH.

This is the story of how three badass old ladies taught me how.”


Out now, published by HQ/HarperCollins!

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What people are saying…

‘A love letter to the older generation… laced with many laugh-out-loud moments’

Sunday Post

‘Fun and uplifting’


‘One of the best non-fiction books of the year’


‘Warm, witty, unpretentious and wise’

Holly Bourne

‘Charming, funny, wise and a timely reminder of how to make the best of life and remember what’s important’

Marianne Power

‘Couldn’t put it down. Honestly, so many “fuck, me too” moments’

Lisa Lister