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Born Lippy

Born Lippy

A RADIO 4 ‘BOOK OF THE WEEK’

Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman and sometimes it’s time to be a hard woman . . . This is a book for all those times.

Once upon a (very very) long time ago Jo Brand was what you might describe as ‘a nice little girl’. Of course, that was before the values of cynicism, misogyny and the societal expectation that Jo would be thin, feminine and demure sent her off down Arsey Avenue.

The plot thickened, when due to a complicated fusion of hormones, horrible family dynamics and a no-good boyfriend they hated, Jo ended up leaving home at 16. Now she’s considerably further along life’s inevitable bloody ‘journey’ – and she’s fucked up enough times to feel confident she has no wisdom to offer anyone. But who cares? She’s going to do it anyway…

Born Lippy is a gathering of all the things Jo Brand wishes she’d known, all the things she’s learnt, and all the things she hopes for the future. A century after women got the vote (albeit married women over the age of 28) it’s time to take stock of exactly what it means to be female today. And if there’s one thing women are entitled to, it’s having a bloody good moan about things big and small – so here goes . . .

HOW TO MANAGE A BULLY * YOUR FAMILY AND HOW TO SURVIVE IT * WHAT NO-ONE TELLS YOU ABOUT THE FEMALE BODY * BEING DIFFERENT * SOCIAL MEDIA IS NOT SOCIABLE * HOW NOT TO FALL IN LOVE * FEMINISM: A RE-BRANDING * ADVENTURES IN YOUR HEAD * HAVING FUN * NOT HAVING FUN: WHAT TO DO WHEN IT ALL GOES WRONG * STAYING SANE * YOU ARE NOT WHAT YOU WEAR * MODERN MANNERS* HOW TO DO WHAT YOU WANT: OR NOT DO WHAT OTHERS WANT * BEING HEALTHY * GETTING ON A BIT * THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES: MORE DEADLY THAN THE MALE?
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Genre: Society & Social Sciences / Society & Culture: General / Social Groups / Gender Studies, Gender Groups / Gender Studies: Women

On Sale: 17th October 2018

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781473687745

Reviews

Moving, funny and most of all useful. A collection of all the things Brand wishes she'd known, things she's learnt and the things she hopes for the future
SCOTSMAN
Funny, feisty and full of life... I loved this book
PHILIP SCHOFIELD, THIS MORNING
Jo Brand is a good writer, and this book is full of engaging, witty prose, just like her comedy...Informed and insightful
CULTURE CALLING
BORN LIPPY tackles serious subjects between the laughs
BBC Online
Chock-full of pithy lines about how best to navigate these troubling times we live in
Irish Independent Review
A hilarious must-have bible for anyone wanting to get gobby . . . I bloody loved this book. So smart, so funny. I wish I'd had it years ago
SARAH MILLICAN
A must-read guide to life as a woman, including heckling as a life skill; how to like yourself; what happens when you turn into your mother, and other things Brand wishes she'd known earlier
HELENA KENNEDY, MAIL ON SUNDAY
I loved Born Lippy . . . The humour is vintage Brand
SUNDAY TIMES
Jo Brand unrolls lessons from her own life in Born Lippy, salty advice on how great expectations may crumble yet prove useful in the long run
SUNDAY TIMES CULTURE, Radio pick of the day
Taking on all the major issues: Feminism, Social Media, Friendship, Parenting and perhaps most crucially -- why there isn't an anti-wrinkle cream for testicles, Born Lippy is funny, clever and very rude. Just like Jo
MORWENNA BANKS
If you want to get really useful advice about life's problems, go to someone who has messed things up, admitted it, then got back on track. Jo Brand is such a person
DAILY MAIL WEEKEND
Sassy...feisty and funny
SUNDAY EXPRESS
If you want to get really useful advice about life's problems, go to someone who has messed things up, admitted it, then got back on track. Jo Brand is such a person...full of insights and hard-won wisdom
DAILY MAIL