After another row with her mother, Kathryn collects her belongings and slams the door for the final time. It's 1974 and the beginning of a new life - but how much can Kathryn really leave behind? She takes a live-in job as a waitress at a country house, working alongside the outrageous Dee-Dee. Both 17, and both with their own tragic past, they learn how to bag a bloke, get through testing times and even how to get on the property ladder. A Young Woman's Guide to Carrying On is a tender, witty and wise novel of love, adultery, second chances and questionable parenting. Heart-warming and heart breaking in equal measure.