Author(s): Marie Phillips
To run away to Brazil, turn to 34.To get a tattoo, turn to 147.To burn your house down, turn to 145.
Midway through our lives, we wonder how we ended up here - and whether there's a way out. There must have been a crucial turning point, but there's no way to start again in the hope of a better result. Or is there? Here's your chance to try all the roads not taken: polyamory, ayahuasca, younger men, enlightenment, infidelity, Botox, or just telling your boss for once and for all where she can shove her job. But beware: all choices come at a cost ...
Yelpingly funny, horribly relatable, here are the predicaments of modern midlife, brought together in a compulsively readable book-as-game which - just like real life - you can never truly win.
Marie Phillips was born in London. After working in television documentaries and as an independent bookseller, she published her first novel, Gods Behaving Badly, in 2007. It became an international bestseller, was translated into over twenty languages, and was made into a film starring Sharon Stone and Christopher Walken. Her second novel, The Table of Less Valued Knights, was longlisted for the 2015 Baileys Prize for Fiction. Her third, Oh, I Do Like To Be..., was published in January 2019. With Robert Hudson, she wrote the BBC Radio 4 series Warhorses of Letters, which starred Stephen Fry and Daniel Rigby, and Some Hay in a Manger, starring Tamsin Greig and Joel Fry. As part of a shadowy cabal of like-minded women, she published the erotic spoof Fifty Shelves of Grey, under the name Vanessa Parody. She is currently studying storytelling at the Mezrab Storytelling School in Amsterdam.