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Summary

Hilariously read by Sally Phillips, star of Smack the Pony, Bridget Jones's Diary and Miranda - Confessions of a Forty-Something F--k Up is a must-listen for anyone whose life isn’t working out quite how they’d planned.

Nell Stevens’ life is a mess.

When her business goes bust and her fiancé with it, Nell’s happy ever after in California falls apart and she moves back to London to start over. But a lot has changed since she’s been gone. All her single friends are now married with children, sky-high rents force her to rent a room in a stranger’s house and in a world of perfect Instagram lives, she feels like a f--k up. Even worse, a 40-something f--k up.

But when she lands a job writing obituaries, Nell meets the fabulous Cricket, an 80-something widow with challenges of her own, and they strike up an unlikely friendship. Together they begin to help each other heal their aching hearts, cope with the loss of the lives they had planned and push each other into new adventures and unexpected joys.

Because Nell is determined. Next year things are going to be very different. It’s time to turn her life around.

A book for anyone who’s ever worried life isn’t going to plan, Confessions of a Forty-Something F--k Up by Alexandra Potter will make you laugh, and it might even make you cry. But most importantly, it will remind you that you’re not alone, because we’re all in this together.

Time to fall in love with your life.   

©2020 Alexandra Potter (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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"It made me laugh, cry, cheer - I loved it." (Hermione Norris, star of Cold Feet)

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A must read for every woman

The most uplifting, joy-provoking book I’ve listened to after this incredibly difficult year. If you feel you’ve singlehandedly messed up your life- it makes you feel very much not alone.

The Narration by Sally Phillips is stunning- funny, sad and able to penetrate even the most depressed soul.

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I had my doubts ... but it’s just well written 👍🏽

I’m a 40 something bloke from the U.K. stuck in lockdown in Afghanistan! I listen to a book a week but never really post. 5mins in I thought this is a chick flick I’ve wasted my money, I’m so glad I stuck with it. I now know about cricket and monty, Fiona and the rest of the crew. A well written yarn filled with smiles, and nodding agreement even a tear of two. Brilliant stuff. 😉

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Absolutely loved it!

Absolutely loved this book. Could not stop listening - reminded me a bit of Bridget Jones but excellent story! Both laughed and cried whilst listening.

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A relatable funny book

Loved this from start to finish, I now don't feel like such a forty something f**k up as I did before!

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Loved it!

As a single woman in my 40’s who has never married (yet!) or had children I loved this book! Very funny, well written and insightful and was truly brought to life by Sally Phillips as the narrator.

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Love it couldn’t put it down

I really enjoyed this book found myself laughing out loud to it
This is a keeper which I find I read again

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brilliantly relatable

Brilliantly relatable, likeable characters and really well performed. I absolutely loved it! would recommend to any woman in this age range.

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A book you can relate with!

I absolutely loved this book and for some escapement from the current situation it was just what I needed!
I laughed...cried and can defo recommend it!

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An easy read

I was looking for an audio book to listen to whilst traveling, this was an easy and entertaining listen. The themes covered weren't groundbreaking, if anything the narrative was predictable, but endearing moments throughout.

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Absolutely a great listen!

Sally Phillips really made it such addictive listening! Absolutely love her voice!
Very relatable to so many, an inspiration and so funny too! A must read! Great book!

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  • 05-01-22

Just what I needed!

This book has literally given me back my hope! I am a self confessed 30 something fk up - a starving artist about to be divorced & moving back to Ireland after living in California for the last 7 years! I felt like such a failure but after reading this book I feel like there is hope.. & some beauty & inspiration even in my life & my story! I am so grateful I came across this book & I even cried when it was over!!! Thank you for this! Lucy xox

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  • Colleen Cahoon
  • 25-10-21

Funny relatable and enjoyable

loved it. the narrator did a fantastic job. I laughed, I cried and related to it!

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  • 10-10-21

Did not want it to end!

I stumbled upon this book accidently and am so glad I did. The writing and narration were perfect. It made me laugh out loud. I love Nell and Cricket and wanted to remain in their world! What an unexpected gem of a listen this was. highly recommend.

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  • 01-06-21

Inspirational without pressure

I absolutely felt every word on a deep level being that I too am as the title eloquently states a 40 somthing fkUp , but now I realize I am not alone and it's never too late to be what you might've been .

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  • Concerned buyer
  • 25-06-22

Just what I needed! Honest, funny and uplifting!

I happened upon this book and wasn’t sure if I was going to be my thing. I worried it would be a bit too close to home given I could relate to the author and her experiences more generally… but she drew my in, had me laughing, made me feel a lot less alone and was generally a great diversion at a time when I needed it! Highly recommend it to anyone who is questioning - well anything really - about their lives and choices.

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  • Dawn Cole
  • 21-06-22

Funny and True!

I enjoyed this book very much. It is worth the listen. Buy it now! Enjoy!

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  • Jean
  • 04-06-22

Fun listen

Clever and witty. Real life through the lens of of humor. Excellent narration. Highly recommend.

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  • Mary Jo hill
  • 31-05-22

Loved it!!!!

I absolutely loved this book!!!! I related with Nell so much and feel like I can do anything I put my mind too.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 26-05-22

Perfection

This book verbalizes everything we think in our heads everyday! I have recommended it to my entire “tribe” (read the book you’ll get it). I NEVER reread books but I think this one will be a necessity yearly. Listen you will not be sorry.

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  • Mechelle R
  • 25-05-22

So happy to find my tribe!

Excellent, fun, happy, sad and brilliant! So good to hear, I'm not the only one.