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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books; Reprint edition (21 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340932171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340932179
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grace Dent is undeniably one of the hottest names in teen fiction right now. Put simply: no other author nails how young people REALLY speak and behave like Grace Dent. Grace is a comedy writer and broadcaster specialising in all aspects of 'Pop Culture'. She is a presenter on The Culture Show on BBC2 and has recently interviewed Mitchell and Webb and the cast of Gavin and Stacey. She lives in East London with her husband, who works in the music industry. When she's not writing comedy Grace is to be found 'faffing about on the internet' or 'faffing about in the garden or kitchen' or 'just 'faffing about generally. I'm an excellent faffer.'

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Grace Dent is hilarious. (Emerald Street Newsletter)

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Keeping a diary isn`t exactly cool but Shiraz Bailey Wood (15) knows she'd best start writing one. She's going to need it in a few years when she writes her best-selling autobiography.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S on 15 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
Honestly, Diary of a Chav is probably the funniest book you will read this year. Admittedly, it was published back in 2007 so you may well have already read it but still - this book is absolutely hilarious.

I'm a big fan of Grace Dent but it wasn't until this week that I actually read any of her fiction writing. I really wanted to love her work and I'm so glad I enjoyed Diary of a Chav. Dent creates such a brilliant community for her characters and everything was so visual - I could see Uma's house with the fridge in the front garden, I know exactly what Shiraz's overweight staffy looks like when she's begging for Pringles and I could hear the latest `choon' by the G-Mayes Detonators in my head (note: it wasn't good).

Though there are a lot of stereotypes in Diary of a Chav and yes, stereotypes are bad and we shouldn't judge but, I'm sorry, this book is too hilarious for me to get caught up in political correctness. Dent gets the dialogue absolutely spot on and there are definite hints of Vicky Pollard in Shiraz and Carrie's speech, though with a touch more eloquence. My case in point:

`...I'm not sure how we even has a job himself let alone a job telling everyone else how to get a job, but I didn't say that to his face `cos I did what Mrs Radowitz said and thought through quietly in my head how that sounded and I reckon it probably was `prejudicial' and `stigmatizing' towards folk who just happen to look a bit like paedos but who aren't.

'Everyone else in 10W had something worked out to tell Mr Brightwell, aside from me.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Danii Stafford on 7 July 2007
Format: Paperback
I got this to take on my holiday, but once it arrived I couldn't stop reading it! I think I laughed at every single page. I hope this diary makes people think about names like 'chav' and 'emo' because Shiraz Bailey Wood proves that everyone is different and you totally can't judge people just on how they look.

I loved the end so much. I was laughing so much my dad banged on my bedroom door and told me to be quiet! I want Book 2 now!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 25 April 2009
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Dairy of a chav trainers vs tiaras is the best book i ever read in the whole world.The genre of the book which is probably comedy at least i think it is really fit my personality as it might also do others.
When i read the blurb while in 'waterstones'i was destined to by the book myself it was amazing it blew me away as i was completley obsorbed by it.It is a utter page turner you'll never be able to put the book down absaloutly satasfiying 5 stars BUY THE BOOK A.S.A.P
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KeyboardKeyboardKeyboard11 on 31 May 2011
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Oh my days - what an amazing book! I read this a couple of years ago, when I was 11. I remember sitting in an English lesson when we were supposed to be doing 'silent' reading, when I burst out laughing and couldn't stop! I had to go and stand outside whilst I 'composed myself' before being allowed back inside to continue reading in silence. It really is one of the funniest books I have ever read - and I love books! I think anyone from the age of 10 will enjoy the witty language and comical nature of the story. I have finally been able to find the third in the series (Out of 6 books)and I look forward to reading it! Amazon is far cheaper than both Whsmith and Waterstones, so I personally would advise you to buy from here - you will save about £2.50 per book, and if you wanted the whole 6-book-series, it would save £15! :D
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sally on 4 Oct. 2007
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I loved this book, I laughed out loud from start to finish and so did my husband. We are 28 and 36, this isn't just a book for teens it's for anyone who enjoys a good laugh.

The characters are well rounded and extremely likeable. I would give this book six stars if I could.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicole M on 16 Sept. 2007
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I'm not a big lover of chavs but I thought this book was amazing. It really showed me that chavs can be nice, polite, clever people and aren't all rude-mouthed ASBOs.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Browne on 31 Aug. 2009
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I assume this must be a fabulous book because my daughter didn't lookup between starting and finishing. However she's since decided to finish every sentence with 'innit?' - which sounds all wrong uttered from a Glasweigan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By liv on 23 Aug. 2013
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