Susie Nott-Bower


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A novel which will speak to women of forty, fifty and upwards as it shows how even strong women can feel vulnerable and unwanted in a society which values youth over wisdom, beauty over experience. The two main characters, best friends since they were teenagers, are Clara, a workaholic, feminist TV producer and Jo, a sad, deserted wife. They come together in a cosmetic make-over programme which will test their beliefs – and their friendship – to the hilt. Pete Street, rock star recluse, blunders into this mesmerising, haunting and very contemporary tale about self-esteem, identity and transformation.

A truly intelligent, incisive page-turner with so much to say about women’s lives – a sharp, satisfying treat of a read!
— Kate Harrison, author of The Secret Shopper novels

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About this book

Susie Nott-Bower started out in theatre, later moving into television as a writer and producer. It was her behind-the-scenes relationship with television that inspired her first novel, The Making of Her. Today she lives in south west England where she enjoys walking, painting and working on her second novel.

ISBN: 978-0-9570050-0-6
Published: April 2012


“”The Making of Her is a story of two mature intelligent women who have so much more to offer the world and who have yet to fulfil their potential. It is a novel of hope and positivity. An excellent read – one of my favourite novels of 2012.”
— Jo Derrick, Editor, The Yellow Room

“Nott-Bower makes good use of the extreme makeover TV documentary format to question the inherent value of radically changing a woman’s physical appearance to build her confidence.”
— Jenny Gorrod, Dundee University Review of the Arts

Readers old enough to remember Barbara Raskin’s ground-breaking 1987 novel Hot Flashes will take comfort in a novel that focuses not on thirty-somethings not on thirty-somethings not on thirty-somethings but the travails, physical and emotional, of fifty-year-old women. The novel’s combination of commitment and readability are reminiscent of Elizabeth Buchan and Anna Quindlen.”
— Elsbeth Lindner, BookOxygen
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