Allison Pearson is a Welsh author and newspaper columnist. Her novel, I Don’t Know How She Does It, published in 2002, has been made into a movie of the same name starring Sarah Jessica Parker. I Think I Love You, her second novel, was published in 2010. A sequel to I Don’t Know How She Does It was announced in 2015.
Born in Carmarthen, Wales, Pearson moved to Burry Port, Carmarthenshire. She attended Market Harborough Upper School (now Robert Smyth School), then Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School, both comprehensive schools. She studied English at Clare College, Cambridge, then taught at an inner London school. She also sold advertising.
Prior to taking over from Lynda Lee-Potter at the Daily Mail, Pearson was a columnist with London’s Evening Standard and The Daily Telegraph. She began her career with the Financial Times, where she was a sub-editor, before moving to The Independent and then The Independent on Sunday in 1992. There she was assistant to Blake Morrison before becoming a TV critic, winning the award for Critic of the Year at the British Press Awards in 1993. Pearson has presented Channel 4‘s J’Accuse; BBC Radio 4’s The Copysnatchers and participated as a panellist on Late Review, the predecessor of Newsnight Review.
Pearson ended her column for the Daily Mail in April 2010, when it was said that she was to join The Daily Telegraph, with a column on her experiences of depression. In September 2010, Pearson resumed her role as a columnist with The Daily Telegraph. As of 2015, Pearson was a columnist and chief interviewer of The Daily Telegraph.
Pearsons book, I Just Don’t Know How She Does It, is an examination of the pressures of modern motherhood. The book was a bestseller in the UK and the US, selling four million copies, and was made into a film.
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