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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (March 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762438819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762438815
  • ASIN: B004LQ0EPU
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 6.1 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,245,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

October 15, 2009, Plum Sykes, author of Society Girls, Bergdorf Blondes, and The Debutante Divorcée
"This book is the best friend I always wish I had: funny, witty, intelligent."

October 15, 2009, Lulu Guinness, British fashion designer and author of Put on Your Pearls, Girls!
"It's simply brilliant: buy it and give it to all your friends"

Harper’s Bazaar
“From feminism to face cream, Backwards in High Heels is a witty collection of essays about the joy and pain of being a lady.”

About the Author

Tania Kindersley has published six novels and her writing has appeared in various publications, including The Times of London and the Guardian. She lives in Gloucester with two black dogs and a pair of Gloucester Old Spot pigs.

Sarah Vine is a writer and editor at The Times of London. She co-authored The Great Big Glorious Book for Girls. Sarah lives in West London with her husband, two naughty children, and a naughtier Jack Russell.


More About the Author

Tania Kindersley is a British author. She has published seven novels, and written widely for various British newspapers and magazines. Backwards in High Heels is her first foray into non-fiction. She lives high up in North-East Scotland with two excellent black dogs and one very grumpy pig.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Moviefanatic on December 26, 2012
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I came across this book recently at the Chicago downtown Anthropology store at lunchtime. I have to say that I liked the title. I love the saying about Ginger Rogers "she did everything Fred Astaire did only in high heels and backwards". It has class, character, sense of humor, and, most importantly, captures the essence of what modern women do every day of their lives. Children - yes, challenging and high stress carries - yes, entertaining husbands with intellectual discussions - yes, being drop dead gorgeous, unique, smart, and confident - absolutely, and so much more... Unfortunately, the book did not capture the spirit of its title. The writing is cliche and uninspiring. The choice of topics and the order of importance is strange and superficial. There was not a trace of an insight, inspiration, or a well though through advice. Have the authors lived the sheltered lives of well provided "high maintenance chicks", one would wonder. Apparently, they do not know the issues and pains of modern womanhood doing everything men do and so much more. This is what I expected the book to be all about. The book clearly did not meet my expectations. It gets the lowest possible grade from me for not only not enlightening me, but taking my precious time away from my life and my everyday challenges. Luckily, I only paid $.99 for it secondhand. Bottom line: Do not waste your time!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kristine Lofgren VINE VOICE on March 29, 2010
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There are a lot of reviews that mention this book being like having a discussion over cocktails with a good friend. I couldn't think of a better description than that. Just as you may disagree with a friend, you will probably find yourself disagreeing with the authors. Just as you may find insight and humor in a discussion, you will find that here. And like any good friend, you will love this book despite its flaws, shortcomings or assumptions. You will love it for its witty, humorous style and relatability.

Sitting down with this book makes you feel like you are not alone in being a woman that doesn't fit into the categories that fashion magazines and bad television would have us believe we must fit in. It is a book I would recommend to any woman and one that I will keep on my shelf for those days when it feels like I have been walking against the wind.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nadyne Richmond VINE VOICE on January 9, 2011
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I'm not sure if my reaction to this book is more of a reflection of me or a reflection of the book. Yes, indeed, I am female. But as a woman in my mid-30s who has degrees in computer science and mathematics, who has worked as an EMT and is now a software engineer, I've had to become reasonably comfortable in my own skin if I were to have a chance to survive any of that. This book feels more like a pep talk about being female, and I don't particularly need that. I wouldn't recommend this book to any of my friends, either, since all of my conversations with them don't lead me to believe that they'd have a different reaction to it than I did.

The best that I can say about this book is that I sometimes found it entertaining, and even charming on occasion. But mostly, I found it boring. Well, that's not true: I spent the chapter on motherhood rolling my eyes, especially when the childless author took over and spent pages upon pages sounding overly defensive about her decision. As someone who doesn't have children either, I started reading this section thinking that I would identify with it. But her endless toneless discourse made me wonder if she was really as comfortable in her decision as she was trying to convince others that they should be. There's plenty of ways to be happy if you don't have children, and I don't think that she's encountered any of them.

I wanted to like this book when I started reading it, but I just couldn't get there.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Meg VINE VOICE on March 23, 2011
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This is a classic case of not judging a book by its cover. The outside of this book suggests that it is a good gift and a book to give to your girlfriends for some good reading material to comiserate about how difficult it is to be a woman. In reading the book, you will find out that this is not the case. The authors of this book have attempted to make a quasi-academic collection of essays sprinkled with vulgarities. I couldn't read past the first few essays - the only way I would read this all the way through would be if it was assigned for a class. Not recommended at all!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By April Blake VINE VOICE on October 7, 2010
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Initially, the title after the colon of "Backwards In High Heels: The Impossible Art of Being Female" made me roll my eyes, and I thought it would be quite difficult for this book to live up to the glowing blurbs from Plum Sykes, Lulu Guiness, and Erica Wagner. Wagner even went so far as to declare it "a best friend that comes between hard covers." Right. "Balm for the female soul?" Ick.

Well, somewhere early along the way, as I was reading this book cover-to-cover, authors Tania Kindersley and Sarah Vine got me. I found myself laughing out loud as I read, soaking up their wisdom and wit. What Erica Wagner said about this book being like a "best friend that comes between hard covers" actually rings very, very true. Just like any "conversation" with a friend, there are mostly brilliant utterances, and some where you just let the advice go in one ear and out the other. Overall, though, "Backwards in High Heels" is packed with the brilliant stuff, and I believe the brilliance versus the stuff you let go depends upon which stage in your own life you are in when you read this book.

Although it is an enjoyable read, front cover to back cover, decorated along the way by some quite gorgeous illustrations, "Backwards in High Heels" is also one of those books where you should really get yourself a pack of little Post-It flags, the kind that are transparent on the sticky end and colorful on the end that sticks out of the book, and tab your favorite sections, for referring to later on. It'd be like having your new friend on speed dial. (I liked the whole book, but my favorite section was the last, where the authors put a potpourri of random things that are good to know.)

This book is a definite keeper.
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