This manual, published by Penguin at the end of the month, is intended to give women (and men, if they are not put off by the title and shocking- pink cover) clear facts and advice about every potentially puzzling aspect of modern life.
The brainchild of Mel Agace, who felt she had been "ripped off by a garage one too many times", its 14 sections are comprehensive, although the acid test after reading would be one's ability to wire a plug. A few more diagrams in the "technical" bits wouldn't go amiss (with the notable exception of the sex section - is it really done like that?), but there is a surfeit of illustrations - very post-modern, natch - of women wearing not a lot and probably not thinking about their mortgages. Which, of course, this book empowers them to do.