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Born Lippy

How to Do Female
By: Jo Brand
Narrated by: Jo Brand
Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
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Publisher's Summary

When Jo Brand hosted Have I Got News For You late last year, her calm explanation of the effects of sexism on women to a bemused all-male cast turned into a viral phenomenon.   

There has been a whole tradition of books over hundreds of years where a father shares his wisdom with his son - started by Lord Chesterfield in the 18th century - while women have been silent (aka bullied into thinking their advice wasn't worth writing down). This book puts a stop to all that.  

Ranging from your family and how to survive it to what no one tells you about the female body; from how not to fall in love to heckling as a life skill, Born Lippy gathers together the things Jo's learnt about the world, the things she wishes she'd known and the things she hopes for the future into a hilarious and highly useful guide to life that everyone female (and male) needs to hear immediately. 

Packed with memorable anecdotes from her life and career, coloured by her experiences as a psychiatric nurse and working mother of two, this book will not only entertain but also really help people.

©2018 Jo Brand (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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A joy to listen to

Jo Brand shares some life insights, good advice and general common sense, whilst being completely honest and totally hilarious. Laughing out loud whilst in traffic is a definite side effect, you've been warned.

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Jo Brand is my new hero

Absolutely love this book. I had no idea how brilliant Jo Brand is, and think she is absolutely amazing. Her wisdom, her stories and humour draws you in and I will definitely be listening to this book twice. Love you Jo, you're a wonderful role model and I really appreciate that.

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  • Thi Ha Linh Nguyen
  • 20-10-2018

A surprisingly emotional experience

As a comedy fan, I expected this book to be a comedic retelling of Jo Brand's life, with her trademark acerbic tones and amusing anecdotes. Instead, I found incredibly useful and heartfelt advices for how to navigate the modern world, especially as a woman. How to stand up for yourself, how to react to verbal abuse, to flashers, to bullies, etc. There was even a section on what to do when you are bullied and you freeze up in terror, unable to say or do anything. As self-help books for women go, this book is so much more useful and practical than just "lean in". It helps the woman in a toxic relationship, the woman who got abused for how she looks, the woman who got flashed on the train, the woman dealing with a dead-end career and the woman preparing for a job interview. The advices are sobering, sometimes very grim and depressing, but they all come from a life well-lived. If I had daughters, I will pass these advices to them.

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  • Arlene Finnigan
  • 22-11-2018

Good thought provoking read

This is a really good read. It's very much a 'this is what life has taught me' memoir rather than a laugh-a-minute comedy book, and obviously I don't agree with her on everything, but it's very honest and thought-provoking. The delivery is strangely flat on the audiobook, though.

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  • Kevin Lennox
  • 03-12-2018

Stay Lippy

Simply wonderful

Actually listened to it all in one day. Couldn't stop. Insightful and utterly brilliant.

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  • So Super Awesome
  • 27-11-2018

Uplifting (don't say empowering!) and fun

I agree with another reviewer that the delivery (at first) seems strangely flat, but I guess it's just because we're used to seeing Jo Brand in stand-up or in less scripted programs - I soon got used to her 'reading voice' and really enjoyed this book, I had more laugh out loud moments than I can remember having with any other audiobook, and also thought there was lots of good advice. Advice sounds too serious - but a good attitude to life that leaves you feeling positive and empathetic to yourself and others :)

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  • Angelica
  • 29-10-2018

Loved this!

Wise words, well said, making sense of life's ups and downs with insightful and intelligent observations.

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  • E. Phillips
  • 18-11-2018

fab u lous

essential reading for those who didn't have a mother bothered yo tell you these important things.

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  • Meeshy P
  • 05-11-2018

The lippiest of lippy women, great book!

I thoroughly enjoyed being kept company in my office by Jo Brand, reading me her latest book. Wonderful advice and some very personal anecdotes about her own life and that of her daughters. One for all women everywhere. You are definitely worth it!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-10-2018

Honedtly gutted the books over.

Jo Brand, Thank you. I feel confident and powerful; assured by your words that even on bad days I am still strong.

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  • ZedBooks
  • 01-09-2019

I love Jo Brand, but not this book

I’m a huge fan, but I really should have read the second part of the title: Ho to do female .
The book is and eloquent and intelligent and occasionally (not nearly occasionally enough!) funny rant against the inequalities facing women, and the persecution of women by men — and I did not disagree with a single word.
The thing is that this is an excellent workbook for young women. I am a 75-yr-old man.

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  • Mrs. J. Browning
  • 23-08-2019

Funny informative listen!

Really enjoyed this book. Jo Brand tells it how it is. Amusing and at times eye opening!