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Born Lippy

by Jo Brand

Born Lippy Synopsis

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?

Born Lippy Press Reviews

Chock-full of pithy lines about how best to navigate these troubling times we live in * Irish Independent Review * 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 * 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 * 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 * Sassy...feisty and funny * SUNDAY EXPRESS * 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...full of insights and hard-won wisdom * DAILY MAIL * Funny, feisty and full of life... I loved this book -- PHILIP SCHOFIELD * THIS MORNING * 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 * 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 * I loved Born Lippy . . . The humour is vintage Brand * SUNDAY TIMES * 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 *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781473687738
Publication date: 11th June 2019
Author: Jo Brand
Publisher: John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of John Murray Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 304 pages
Categories: Performing arts: comedy, Biography: general,

About Jo Brand

Jo Brand started life as a good girl, became a bad one for quite a bit, but now she's gunning for Reformed 'Man Hater' turned National Disgrace. Being grumpy enables her to react in a perfectly reasonable way to things that in the past she would have suppressed for the sake of keeping the peace/being polite/not making someone angry. Starting comedy at thirty (and as an ex-psychiatric nurse) also meant she gave much less of a toss about what other people thought of her. The host of several TV shows including the award-winning Channel 4 show, Through The Cakehole, ...

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