> Skip to content
  • Published: 21 July 2020
  • ISBN: 9781786332073
  • Imprint: Hutchinson
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $40.00

How Do We Know We're Doing It Right?

Essays on Modern Life




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

_______________________________‘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

Modern life is full of choices. We’re told that happiness lies within and we can be whoever we want to be. But with endless possibility comes a feeling of restlessness; like we’re somehow failing to live our best life. What does doing it right even look like? And why do so many women feel like they’re getting it wrong?

From faster-than-fast fashion to millennial burnout, the explosion of wellness to the rise of cancel culture, Pandora Sykes interrogates the stories we’ve been sold and the ones we tell ourselves. Wide-ranging, thoughtful and witty, How Do We Know We’re Doing It Right? explores the anxieties and myths that consume our lives and the tools we use to muddle through.

So sit back and take a breath. It’s time to stop worrying about the answers ­– and start delighting in the questions._______________________________‘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

  • Published: 21 July 2020
  • ISBN: 9781786332073
  • Imprint: Hutchinson
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $40.00

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?

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

Stacey Dooley

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

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

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

Elizabeth Day

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

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

In How Do We Know We're Doing It Right?, Pandora Sykes puts her considerable intelligence, unflinching attention and incredibly 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

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

Will Storr

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

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

Daisy Buchanan

Related titles