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Win: “Enter Helen”

This book is a great insight into the life of Helen Gurley Brown. If you haven’t heard of her, trust us, she’s had an impact on your life in some way. Helen shot to fame when she wrote Sex and the Single Girl. She then revamped Cosmopolitan into a sassy magazine that became an icon all over the world.

From the publishers:

Before Helen Gurley Brown catapulted to fame with her bestselling 1962 manifesto, Sex and the Single Girl, and then revitalised Cosmopolitan with the revolutionary idea that women could have it all, women’s magazines talked down to their readers as compliant housewives fretting over what to serve for dinner.

Helen spoke frankly to women as individuals, urging them to find happiness and success on their own terms, and using her own experience as the guide – after all, through hard work and sheer will, she transformed herself into a glamorous cultural icon, and one of the most influential women of her time.

In Enter Helen, seasoned magazine journalist and author Brooke Hauser offers the intimate, in-depth, and thoroughly entertaining story of a trailblazer who courted fame and controversy, baiting a generation that both revered and rejected her.

Set during the Sexual Revolution of the Sixties and the Women’s Movement of the Seventies, Enter Helen showcases a Mad Men-era New York City come to life with a colourful cast of characters, including Hugh Hefner, an early mentor who liked the idea of the new Cosmo as a “female version of Playboy“; and Gloria Steinem, an early critic who later became one of Helen’s most valued allies.

Enter Helen provides a fascinating look at American life as birth control, sexual fulfilment, and feminism took centre stage – and as Helen’s iconic Cosmo Girl became the new face (and body) of the idealised American woman. The math is simple: Without Helen Gurley Brown, there would be no Sex and the City, no Girls. “Bad Feminist” or not, she changed the way women talked about men, sex, work, money, marriage, children, reproductive choices, and “having it all” – and the complicated, fraught discussions she instigated are as relevant as ever today.

Brooke Hauser has written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Allure, where she is a Contributing Editor. She is the author of The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens, a winner of the American Library Association’s 2012 Alex Award. She lives in Western Massachusetts with her family, and occasionally teaches non-fiction writing at Smith College.

To win a copy of Enter Helen:

1 . Email competition [at] breakthroughblueprint [dot] com [dot] au with “Enter Helen” in the subject line before 15 September 2016.

2 . Then tell us who inspires you and why. Our favourite entry will win a copy.

3 . Make sure you include your name and postal address in case you win.


Sarah Balestro