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Losing it by Helen Lederer

Sarah Broadhurst's view...

The comedian and media personality turns her considerable talent to fiction. Millie writes an agony column for a magazine, has a scientist daughter doing an important project in Papua New Guinea, a weight problem and is heavily in debt. Through her magazine she is offered the chance to test a new homeopathic German weight-loss pill and earn a fat fee. Trouble is she has to lose three stone in three months. As she embarks upon this her daughter cries for help and Millie is off to New Guinea. This is a hoot, lightly and flippantly written with all sorts of various therapies explored but mostly it is about bonding with a now adult daughter, relying on friends and finding love. An easy, fast read with lots to think about.

If you like Helen Lederer you might also like to read books by Fern Britton, Susie Magasiner, Dawn French and Fanny Blake.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst


Losing it by Helen Lederer

Millie was at one time quite well known for various TV and radio appearances. However, she now has no money, a best friend with a better sex life than her, a daughter in Papua New Guinea and too much weight in places she really doesn't want it. When she's asked to be the front woman for a new diet pill, she naively believes that all her troubles will be solved. She will have money, the weight will be gone, and maybe she'll get more sex. If only life was really that easy. It doesn't take her long to realize it's going to take more than a diet pill to solve her never-ending woes...


'In one hilarious bound Helen Lederer has crowned herself Queen of Desperate. Desperately funny, desperately engaging, desperately readable and desperately adorable.' STEPHEN FRY

'Helen Lederer is the 3rd funniest woman in the world. Read this!' DAWN FRENCH

'Funny, witty, quirky ... like the woman herself. Treat yourself.' JO BRAND

'A brilliant creation: scene after scene of blissful agony ... Lederer's dry and merciless observation of women struggling to be fabulous is hugely entertaining.' JOANNA LUMLEY

About the Author

Helen Lederer is probably best known for her role as the dippy Catriona in Absolutely Fabulous, in which she appeared alongside Jennifer Saunders in all six series of the show as well as creating the 'girl at the bar' in Naked Video. However, to many she is known for her unique brand of wit and observational humour. A comedy writer with an extensive portfolio that includes writing and performing her own material, Helen has starred in a great number of top TV comedy and radio shows. Helen was part of a group of early 1980s comedians, including French and Saunders, the late Rik Mayall, and Ben Elton, who made their names at London's famous Comedy Store. She was a guest on ITV's Saturday Night Live with her solo comedy act, as well as performing at the first Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal along with Lenny Henry. TV appearances span such shows as The Young Ones, French and Saunders, Happy Families, One Foot in the Grave, Bottom, Love Soup, Miss Marple, Casualty and Hollyoaks. She plays Miss Bowline-Hitch alongside Bernard Cribbins in the much-loved children's TV series Old Jack's Boat. Helen also played Rich Aunt Ruby in Horrid Henry: The Movie. On BBC radio, she has been a regular panellist on shows including Just a Minute, Quote ... Unquote, Open Book, A Good Read and Woman's Hour, as well as writing and performing in two of her own comedy series, All Change and Life with Lederer. Her columns include Woman & Home, the Independent, the Mail on Sunday and the Daily Telegraph, and she is currently the 'agony aunt' for Woman's Weekly. Helen's comedy books include Coping with Helen Lederer and Single Minding. She's done a variety of theatre work, following hot on the heels of Julie Walters in Educating Rita, playing Doreen in Alan Bleasdale's Having a Ball, as well as appearing in The Vagina Monologues, Calendar Girls and The Killing of Sister George in London's West End, interspersed with many fringe theatre plays.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st February 2015


Helen Lederer

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Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan


480 pages
Interest Age: From 18 years


Relationship Stories
Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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