Do you ever get the feeling that your sparkly red slippers might be sliding over the edge of the yellow brick road? Thirty-something shoe-worshipper Jane Meadows knows it only too well.
Overwhelmed by the realities of first-time motherhood and disillusioned with the corporate world, Jane trades in her Manolos for nappies, nipple shields and the foot spread of a yeti: a lifestyle choice her man-eating girlfriend, Rachel, thinks is taking retro chic just one step too far. Unlike the lovely Liz, who'd give anything to be in Jane's pram shoes.
Desperate to reconnect with the outside world, Jane finds salvation in her local New Mothers Group, a nonagenarian neighbour, and a royal duo of bloggers dedicated to shoes and behind-the-scenes celebrity gossip.
Meanwhile, her unlucky-in-love best friend, Fi, thinks she's found THE one - Marco. Should Jane be concerned that Marco is a handsome, intelligent, Italian shoe designer with a passion for teaching his craft to bored housewifes? Or that her career-focussed husband is spending increasingly long hours at work?
A heart-warming and timeless tale of the transition from working-girl to new mum, The Shoe Princess's Guide to the Galaxy is a sassy and original debut about one woman's attempts to put her best foot forward.
Emma Bowd was born in 1968 in a small, seaside town in Australia. She moved to London soon after graduating from university, where she put to rest a nomadic upbringing and spent eleven wonderful years working, travelling and discovering the vices of New Bond Street. The daughter of a book-loving millipede, she has a life-long love affair with shoes and writing.
The Shoe Princess's Guide to the Galaxy is her first novel. She is currently working on a children's book for the emerging fashionista. She has also published A Passion for Shoes and A Passion for Handbags, both of which have been international bestsellers and translated into several languages. She is regularly called upon to talk about shoes, and has a guest spot on BBC Radio 4's Women's Hour.
She recently moved to Melbourne, where she lives with her husband and two young children.
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