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  • Published: 18 May 2021
  • ISBN: 9781786091000
  • Imprint: Windmill Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $24.00

How Do We Know We're Doing It Right?

the Sunday Times bestseller




From the co-host of The High Low comes the essential first book on navigating our contemporary chaos.

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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

Stop searching for the answers - and start delighting in the questions with Pandora Sykes, co-host of The High Low podcast.

'Deliciously fascinating' MARIAN KEYES
'Refreshing ... thoughtful, considered' STYLIST
'Brilliant' EVENING STANDARD
'Timely and fulsome' CANDICE CARTY-WILLIAMS
'Joyful and wise' LISA TADDEO
Modern life is full of choices - but how do we know we're making the right ones? Why, in our attempts to make life easier, do we often make it harder?

With a light touch and plenty of humour, Pandora Sykes delves into the myths we've been sold and the stories we tell ourselves, in a timely bid to encourage us to consider the lives we once led, and how they might better serve us. It's time to stop looking for the answers - and start delighting in the questions.
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'Thoughtful and funny' DOLLY ALDERTON

'Like a very clever, lucid, charming friend unpacking all the messy anxieties of modern existence with tremendous intelligence and elan. Read this book. It will help your life' INDIA KNIGHT

'Had me cackling. So smart but so well-researched' CANDICE BRATHWAITE

'Energetic and compelling' OLIVIA SUDJIC

'Navigates complicated issues with great humanity, humour and humility ... [it] left me wanting more' SATHNAM SANGHERA

'Self-aware, self-deprecating, relatable, funny, and brilliantly curious' STACEY DOOLEY
'Witty and zeitgeisty ... strikes a fresh, honest note' VANITY FAIR
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Readers love Pandora's first book:

'A truly marvellous debut'
'Insightful and beautifully written'
'Totally brilliant ... I devoured this masterpiece in one sitting'
'A bright book in a gloomy year'
'Feeling a lot better about life after finishing this!'
'I adored Pandora's book and will be thinking about it for a long time.'
'So clever and thought-provoking'
'Pandora is a wonderful writer and I found myself unexpectedly in tears by the end'

INCLUDES A NEW PROLOGUE

  • Published: 18 May 2021
  • ISBN: 9781786091000
  • Imprint: Windmill Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $24.00

About the author

Pandora Sykes

Pandora Sykes is a journalist and speaker. A former editor and columnist for the Sunday Times Style and a Contributing Editor at Elle, she has written for publications including Telegraph, Observer, GQ and Vogue. She is the co-host of the weekly pop-culture and current affairs podcast, The High Low. This is her first book.

Praise for How Do We Know We're Doing It Right?

A collection of essays that feel like I'm in a deep and open conversation with the person who peered inside my head and saw exactly what I've been thinking about all these years. Thorough, timely and fulsome.

Candice Carty-Williams

I absolutely loved How Do We Know We're Doing It Right?. It’s like a very clever, lucid, charming friend unpacking all the messy anxieties of modern existence with tremendous intelligence and elan. Women will recognise parts of the themselves on every page, regardless of their age, whether Sykes is writing about authenticity, social media or the need to always seem busy. I found it deeply interesting and often enlightening: I kept putting it down to think about something the author had said. Read this book. It will help your life.

India Knight

A collection shot through with inquiring curiosity and thoughtful questioning, written with real consideration and candour.

Elizabeth Day

Pandora is my personal guru on all things relating to the zeitgeist. How lucky you are that she can now be yours too.

Dolly Alderton

A brilliant, brave and highly erudite collection of essays. Pandora Sykes is emerging as a leading thinker of her generation.

Will Storr

Plainly and hotly, ahead of its time. It is a masterful collection of essays that I held in my hand like a tome. Citing everyone from Keynes to Kardashian(s), this brilliant, joyful, wise, necessary collection gives you everything you need. The writing is sharp and also lush. Irreverent yet emotionally intelligent. It is an encylopedia of tomorrow, a history of yesterday, and a means by which to understand and navigate the present.

Lisa Taddeo, author of THREE WOMEN

Self-aware, self-deprecating, relatable, funny and brilliantly curious.

Stacey Dooley

With this book, Pandora has done heavy lifting around our day-to-day quandaries for you. Thoughtful, well-researched and wise, Pandora's got it licked. You need it on your desk for those moments when you think "what's the point"? Read it and then bugger on feeling a lot brighter and less alone.

Emma Barnett

In How Do We Know We're Doing It Right?, Pandora Sykes puts her considerable intelligence, unflinching attention and incredible use of language to scrutinise, unpick, challenge and forgive some of the trickiest knots facing modern woman. Under her gaze the apparently superficial reveal significant and systematic injustices; the personal is used as a way to prise open a window on conditioning, consumerism and codswallop. She looks beyond the white, middle class, well-educated female experience to ask: where are we, how did we get here and don't we deserve better? It's a bloody triumph.

Nell Frizzell, author of THE PANIC YEARS

As zeitgeisty and juicy as an episode of The High Low with extra dollops of knowledge, nostalgia, wit and wisdom from Pandora's decade in journalism, I ripped through this. Utterly fascinating.

Emma Gannon

Provocative and profound, subtle and thoughtful, funny and beautiful.

Daisy Buchanan

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