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Dawn O’Porter is a novelist, columnist, broadcaster and designer who lives in Los Angeles with her husband Chris, son Art, cat Lilu and dog Potato. She has made numerous documentaries about all sorts of things: polygamy, childbirth, Geisha, body image, breast cancer and even the movie Dirty Dancing. She is the critically acclaimed author of Paper Aeroplanes and Goose. Dawn launched ‘Help Refugees’ in 2015, a charity that sends urgent care to refugees across Europe. She is also the host of ‘Get It On’, a weekly podcast where she interviews interesting people about why they wear what they wear.
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April 2018 Debut of the Month Oh my word, this is an eyebrow raising, mouth openingly good read. A contemporary tale about three women, muddling and battling their way through this world as best they can. Emotional growing pains can occur at any age, life doesn't run smoothly, and these three women hold out the hand of friendship to all of us. We see and feel deeply hidden thoughts, witness shockingly embarrassing moments, and I found myself wincing at their pain, snorting with laughter, and cheering them on. Dawn O’Porter has written a stonkingly good read, I stayed up well past my bedtime into the early hours in order to finish it in one sitting. My feelings went into free fall and occasionally tied themselves up in knots as I read. ‘The Cows’ slams with impact, slaps adversity in the face, and offers supportive understanding in our modern world. Highly recommended!
Shortlisted for the Bookseller Young Adult Book Prize 2015. It's a year and a half on from Paper Aeroplanes, and Renee is now living idyllically with her Aunty Jo. They even have geese, and Renee likes to sit and watch them, wondering if she'll ever find 'the One' - someone who will love her no matter what, and be there for her no matter how bad things get. Dawn O'Porter's debut, Paper Aeroplanes was a book about finding friendship, Goose is the novel that explores whether it's possible to keep hold of it.
A collection of stories and confessions from a range of famous names including Patrick Ness, Caitlin Moran, Caroline Flack and Davina McCall gathered together and introduced by Dawn O'Porter. £1 from the sale os each copy of this book will be donated to a Breast Cancer Charities; CoppaFeel!, Breast Cancer Care and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
This is a hard-hitting novel. With graphic content and some scenes of a sexual nature, Paper Aeroplanes is a gritty, poignant, often laugh-out-loud funny and powerful novel. It is an unforgettable snapshot of small-town adolescence and the heart-stopping power of female friendship. A Piece of Passion from the Publisher, Emily Thomas Dawn Porter (as she was known before her marriage to movie star Chris O'Dowd) used to make me laugh out loud of a morning on my journey to work. Dawn wasn't sitting next to me, but it sure felt like it. I was actually reading her weekly column in Stylist magazine - one in which she told of the everyday dilemmas and issues in her life (and all other young women's lives) in her trademark charming, disarming, unfiltered and utterly exhilarating way. To say Dawn tells it like it is, is like saying the Pope is a Catholic, or the British winter is mostly brutal. It's a fact. 'Dawn Porter needs to write a book,' I thought, 'and write it like she talks.' But I approached with caution, along with a few of my own ideas, about what she could maybe, possibly write, fully prepared to be dismissed. Turns out that Dawn had ideas of her own. Within minutes of our first phone conversation, after her delightful shrieks of pleasure at being approached to write a novel (or two), she had waved away my ideas and nailed hers. Dawn wanted to write about an experience close to her heart, and something she knew a thing or two about: female friendship. More specifically, that particular relationship between schoolgirls of a certain age. Intense, cloying, joyful, excruciating, hilarious, painful... and sometimes forever. Dawn went off to write her book. And when she came back, she handed me the beginnings of a masterpiece. All the things I loved about Dawn's column, about her documentaries, about her, were there - in what came to be entitled Paper Aeroplanes - the story of a friendship. Dawn doesn't flinch from describing the horrors of having your period round at someone's else house when you're fifteen; the freakish body hair that you're convinced is yours, and yours alone; your excruciating dysfunctional family; the strange and contradictory mass of feelings you have at all times; the curiosity, yet wariness of boys (and of sex in general); the hideous misery of falling out with your best friend; the knowledge that though your life stretches out, tantalisingly, before you, you have absolutely no clue what to do with it. Paper Aeroplanes is every teenage girl's experience. You will read it and weep, and then you will laugh, and then you might weep some more. I'm just off to read it again...
*Dawn O'Porter's brand new bestseller, LIFE IN PIECES, is available to buy now! * *The Sunday Times bestseller and Richard and Judy Book Club pick* 'A total joy' Matt Haig 'Unputdownable' Marian Keyes Fearless, frank and for anyone who's ever doubted themselves, So Lucky is the straight-talking new novel from the Sunday Times bestseller. IS ANYONE'S LIFE . . . Beth shows that women really can have it all. Ruby lives life by her own rules. And then there's Lauren, living the dream. AS PERFECT AS IT LOOKS? Beth hasn't had sex in a year. Ruby feels like she's failing. Lauren's happiness is fake news. And it just takes one shocking event to make the truth come tumbling out...
*The Sunday Times bestseller* 'Funny, intimate and honest' Louis Theroux 'Moving and funny. I absolutely loved it' Claudia Winkleman 'Heartbreaking, hilarious, comforting' Marie Claire Dear 2020 - can we just start over? Love Dawn x LIFE IN PIECES is a book for anyone who's been thrown into a life they didn't plan, or who just wants to stick it to 2020. When it looks like everything's falling apart, we'll piece it back together. From reflections on grief and identity, bad hair and parenting, sleep and spirituality, to the things we can control and the things we cannot, Dawn has been doing a lot of thinking about life in lockdown. Mostly from a cupboard. Discover the daily diaries that track the journey - for a hilarious, heartbreaking and highly entertaining glimpse into the new normal. 'There's been a lot of well-meaning but mad advice on how to contend with the strangest period of human history any of us has ever lived through. Dawn O'Porter redresses the balance by telling it as it really has been: holding out for 5pm to crack open the tequila' Mark Watson
'A total joy' Matt Haig 'Very, very funny' Sara Pascoe 'Thought-provoking' Daily Mail 'Unputdownable' Marian Keyes Fearless, frank and for anyone who's ever doubted themselves, So Lucky is the straight-talking new novel from the Sunday Times bestseller. IS ANYONE'S LIFE . . . Beth shows that women really can have it all. Ruby lives life by her own rules. And then there's Lauren, living the dream. AS PERFECT AS IT LOOKS? Beth hasn't had sex in a year. Ruby feels like she's failing. Lauren's happiness is fake news. And it just takes one shocking event to make the truth come tumbling out... The bold and brilliant new novel from Dawn O'Porter, the bestselling author of The Cows.
*THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER*Fearlessly frank and funny, the debut adult novel from Dawn O'Porter needs to be talked about.COW [n.]/kaES/A piece of meat; born to breed; past its sell-by-date; one of the herd.Women don't have to fall into a stereotype.THE COWS is a powerful novel about three women. In all the noise of modern life, each needs to find their own voice.It's about friendship and being female.It's bold and brilliant.It's searingly perceptive.It's about never following the herd.And everyone is going to be talking about it.
Auf einer winzigen Insel aufzuwachsen, ist nicht immer einfach - besonders, wenn man wie Flo und Renee keine beste Freundin an seiner Seite hat. Die beiden Madchen haben auf den ersten Blick nicht viel gemeinsam. Renee ist wild und impulsiv, Flo hingegen behalt ihre Gefuhle fur sich. Doch als Flo einen schrecklichen Verlust erlebt, ist es Renee, die ihr Halt gibt. Es ist der Beginn einer Freundschaft, die in aller Heimlichkeit stattfindet - und die ihr Leben verandern wird.