Lizzie's life is pretty damn perfect, until she realizes she's about to hit the dreaded 4¿0. But losing her job to a younger journalist is not the only ingrown pube in the bikini wax of Lizzie's life. Her surgeon husband, Hugo, unexpectedly falls for an actress who keeps fit doing step-aerobics off her own ego. Lizzie has always believed brains to be more important than beauty, but up against a sex goddess, principles and profundity are about as useful as a eunuch at a whipped-cream orgy. Must she go under the knife to win back the man she loves? The answer is as obvious as a pre-1990 nose job.More
BBC journalist Lizzie has never cared about looks, at least until both her husband and her job are taken by younger women shortly after her 39th birthday. Prodded along by an image-obsessed half-sister, Lizzie finally decides to go under the knife to get her life back. Raw but surprisingly funny, this is a likable take on dealing with the anxieties of aging and the pressures women face. Many of the jokes are memorable ("I like my bikini line, it's like having a pet in my pants") and frequently laugh-out-loud funny. Author Kathy Lette's introduction makes her sound like the sister every woman wishes she had, while performer Shirley Barthelmie narrates the rest of the title with an appealing mix of warmth and pathos.
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