The hilarious memoir from award-winning comedian Bridget Christie.
When Bridget Christie walked into her local bookshop, she thought she'd come out with a book. And maybe a calendar of cute photos of cats (hopefully unlike you've just done). The last thing she thought she'd be leaving with was the need for a new wave of feminism and the start of an incredibly successful career.
Up until that day, she hadn't realised that misogyny was like shiny leggings: it had been making an unexpected comeback (and for the record, neither do ordinary women any favours).
From that moment, Bridget decided that the world should know that feminism is not embarrassing for women. In fact she managed to find the humour in it. And she wasn't afraid to answer the difficult questions all women wanted to know: why do fish stare at you during lap dances at Stringfellows? Do I need to have botox before heading to a pub quiz? Is bootylicious a new brand of feminism or an arse-flavoured bubble gum?
A Book for Her is Bridget's story. But it's not only a book for her, it's also a book for you. And for him, if he's not a dick. Or even if he is, he could learn something that might make him not a dick.
Oh, and what happened in that bookshop? You'll have to listen on to find out....
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Smart, funny, and painfully true. I'm so sorry it's over. I hope there's another book from Bridget Christie in the not-so-distant future.
"Says what needs saying and all funny like...."
Two weeks ago my best friend's husband...whom I adore...got out his phone and showed a video of a topless woman dancing to Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines. We were a group of girls at a party. He was then angry when I said, quite calmly, that I didn't want to see it.
He said I was jealous of the woman's body.
This made me angrier than I have been in a very, very long time. I hope I don't have to explain why here.
I will be buying a hardback copy of Bridget Christie's masterwork in finding the funny in the blanket suppression of we, the majority, by willy owners and sometimes, even ourselves. I think it is the spoonful of sugar needed to help that
medicine go down.
My best friend had a little girl a few months ago...I'm buying the book for her sake.
Thanks Bridget, you are a legend.
"Not just for the ladies"
Hilarious, thoughtful and moving. Christie's well honed performance style makes this my favourite recent listen.
"A lot of laughs exploring equal rights issues"
Bridget Christie brings her book to the Audible community with great enthusiasm and humour (there's loads of extra jokes where she directly addresses the listener). This is a 2015 compendium of all the shows she's done over the last 5 years and explores the themes around them. Whilst there's a load of silliness, there's also some important underlying messages of equality and respect. I'm a guy and never found the feminist issues anything other than engaging and thought provoking. Don't miss this fantastic book.
Bridget Christie is awesome and I liked having her in my ears for a few hours.
"Funny, serious, important, lovely"
I just loved this book-Bridget Christie is so smart and funny without an ounce of pomp or worthiness. It's a book I want to give to my daughter when she's older because every girl should have someone as warm and funny yo help her understand feminism and why it's not only still relevant but vital.
"It's not just for her"
This audiobook really got me laughing; and thinking.
Christie is a terrific comedian so it's no surprise that the performance is great. She occasionally drops whatever the audiobook equivalent of the fourth wall is, chastising the listener for choosing the easy option of listening to rather than reading her book.
She really does manage to make feminism very funny without trivialising it and without preaching.
This isn't just a book for people with women's ears, I have men's ears and I really enjoyed it.
"A Book for Her"
Bridget Christie is an incredible comedian and she focus here on many important feminist issues. She is very inspiring and has made me feel more confident about standing up to sexism through comedy and hard facts about gender inequality. I would definitely recommend. Thanks Bridget.
"slow down Bridget!some of us are trying to relax"
Enjoyed the book apart from the speed she reads at which meant I had to really pay attention which was tiring. I got a bit fed up of her bemoaning the fact that she had to narrate her own book for those too lazy to read it. I know it was a joke...repeated too often but I listen to books as I have an illness which makes it hard to read the written word...so there Bridget!!! . I'm not sure if it will appeal to anyone who isn't already a feminist but good one her for trying. I did find her funny and witty. I enjoyed her radio 4 talks "Mind the Gap" but wondered why she had Fred mcAuley as her sidekick as he calls his wife Mrs Fred and has admitted on his (now defunct ) show that his wife does all the cooking and cleaning etc...so not really a feminist then?. Interesting that she was given no choice in that. The only real problem was the speed of her reading. She obviously REALLY wanted to get to the end of the book.Much too fast for me. I enjoyed the book but wouldn't buy another one from this author due to her speed of narration. Check it out before buying I would say. She is likeable , clever and funny
"Good Points Appallingly Made"
Far less sarcasm. For the first hour of the book it appears to be the only comedic technique Christie has in her arsenal. And for the book to be generally less patronising in tone.
The most interesting aspects were the points about society that were being made. The least interesting aspects were Christie herself.
The book was unpleasant and uncomfortable to listen to, and not for the reasons Christie would like. The points made in the book are all salient ones, but they're made in the most irritating way imaginable.
"Just discovered Bridget Christie now she's my fave"
Her interjections whilst reading her Audiobook made it so much more enjoyable!
The yoghurt advert anecdote
I listened to Mind the Gap right before this book. This is just as brilliantly funny and insightful, if not more so. There is some repetition of material though but that's cool as I appreciate that not everyone will have heard Mind the Gap.
Please, please, please write another book!
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