Confessions of a Forty-Something F**k Up: A Novel (Paperback)
The inspiration for NOT DEAD YET, ABC’s “Most Watched Comedy Debut in More Than Four Years” (Deadline)
“The new Bridget Jones for our time.”—Telegraph
“Will have you laughing whether you’re twenty, forty, or eighty.”—Heat (UK)
A funny and heartfelt novel for any woman who wonders how the hell she got here and why life isn't quite how she imagined it was going to be.
Meet Nell. Her 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, a sky-high real estate market forces her to rent a room in a stranger’s house, and everyone has seemingly perfect Instagram-ready lives. Starting from scratch she feels like a f**k up . . . a forty-something f**k up.
Landing a job writing obituaries, Nell meets the fabulous Cricket, an 80-something widow with challenges of her own. 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 joy. With Cricket’s help, Nell is determined to turn her life around. First, though, she has a confession . . .
Laugh-out-loud funny and painfully relatable, Confessions of a Forty-Something F**k Up is a celebration of friendship and a reminder that while life doesn’t always go according to plan, it doesn’t mean you can’t find happiness.
About the Author
Yorkshire born and raised, Alexandra Potter lived for several years in Los Angeles before settling in London. As a bestselling author of romantic comedies, she has won a Best New Fiction Award at the Jane Austen Regency World Awards and been shortlisted for the Romantic Novel Awards. When she’s not writing or travelling, she’s getting into nature, trying not to look at her phone, and navigating this thing called mid-life.
“Hilarious and heartwarming….In this delightful and impactful novel, Potter reminds us that life rarely goes according to plan. With its empathetic characters, well-crafted plot, and poignant message, this book is a must-read for anyone who has ever felt like they're stumbling through life.” — Booklist
"Alexandra Potter has written a bible for any woman, young or older, who strives to live an authentic life. I see my reflection in so much of Nell's irreverent journey to find herself, no better, recreate herself. I love her dearly. Alexandra has a gift for giving voice to flawed, brave and beautiful women. She reminds me that it's possible to be a F**K Up and fierce at the same time!” — Angela Elayne Gibbs, “Cricket” on ABC’s Not Dead Yet
"A funny, feisty story about the highs and the oh-so-lows of having to start over in your forties." — Mike Gayle, Bestselling author of All the Lonely People
"The new Bridget Jones of our times." — Telegraph (UK)
“Potter’s message is that ‘it’s never too late to start over, to keep growing and learning, discovering unexpected joys, having fun, falling in love and going on adventures.’” — Daily Mail
“Brilliant! Laughing out loud.” — Emma Gannon
“Funny but layered, light-hearted but surprisingly deep, this is a perfect and inspiring new year read.” — Red (UK)
“Will have you laughing whether you’re twenty, forty, or eighty.” — Heat (UK)
"Written with wit, wisdom, and a resonating recognition of the human condition, "Confessions of a Forty-Something F**k Up" will have a special appeal to fans of novels that celebrate of friendship and reinforce the belief that while life doesn't always go according to plan, it doesn't mean you can't find happiness." — midwestbookreview.com