About the BookMeet Kate Reddy, fund manager and mother of two. She can juggle nine different currencies in five different time zones and get herself and two children washed and dressed and out of the house in half an hour. A victim of time famine, Kate counts seconds like other women count calories. As she hurtles between appointments, through the head pools the crazy tape-loop of the working mother's life: must remember client reports, bouncy castles, transatlantic phone call, nativity play, check Dow Jones, cancel hygienist, squeeze that sagging pelvic floor, make time for sex. Factor in a manipulative nanny, an Australian boss who looks at Kate's breasts as though they're on special offer, a long-suffering - but definitly suffering - husband, her quietly aghast in-laws, two needy children, and an e-mail lover, and you have a woman juggling so many balls that some day soon something's going to hit the ground.