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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (10 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091936519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091936518
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Teen love, bad haircuts, great music and laugh-out-loud memories" (Fearne Cotton)

"Wise, funny and loving - a brilliant memoir about Britpop and possibly the best rock biography since Nik Cohn's AwopBopAlooBop-AlopBamBoom." (Tony Parsons)

"This book is absolutely wonderful - I just read four passages out loud to the Word staff - to actual applause!" (Mark Ellen The Word)

"... funny, readable and filled with proper gossip. Most importantly, it's a perceptive and tenacious look at what it was really like to be a girl among the blokes in that era" (Alexandra Heminsley The New Review, Independent on Sunday)

"(This week Sam has been) laughing, crying and over-identifying with Louise Wener's hilarious memoir, Different For Girls." (Sam Baker - Editor of Red Magazine)

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Former Sleeper singer's comically shambolic growing up memoir

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Miss AL Holloway TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Dec. 2012
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I was a student when the whole Britpop thing was going on and it seemed like such an exciting time for music. I liked Sleeper a lot and had bought all three of their albums, I loved their catchy tunes and Louise's unique, breathy voice. I was at the REM concert in Milton Keynes that she writes about in the book, where Micheal Stipe sang Happy Birthday to her, and was very interested to read her account of that. I also like to read anything about the Britpop era as I can get quite nostalgic over it! Ahh, memories of crap student parties! Ha! Ahem, back to the book. It was much more than a look at Britpop from a female's point of view, it is also the story of Louise herself, her childhood and her experiences before and after the band were popular. I enjoyed it a lot. If you like Sleeper, Biographies and/or Britpop, you probably will too because Louise Wener tells her story well.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. W. Hatfield VINE VOICE on 28 Oct. 2010
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There are many books like this around- funny and true accounts of a celebrity life, written with a touch of cynicism, a touch of nostalgia, a few well-chosen bits of scandal or revelation. They are often entertaining if trivial. They are, without exception, the story of a predictable journey from non-entity to celeb, with entirely obvious pitfalls and tribulations.
So what makes this different?
The title gives a clue: it's a singularly feminine perspective, told through the eyes of an intelligent, self-critical and imaginative participant, who is not afraid to cast herself in a bad light.It's an engaging and a compelling read. Also: Louise Wener is a gifted writer, able to produce lucid and clear prose which is fluent and honest. No, it won't change the world. And yes, it does suffer from the flaws described above. But it transcends them because it's so well-written and truthful.

Worth a read-even if you don't know who Sleeper were. And most definitely worth looking at if you're a female singer, looking to work in the field of pop music. Could save you a lot of heartache...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Flickering Ember TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Nov. 2010
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book because not only do I remember the era and specifically the artist, but I am really into music and love reading about the experiences of people in the industry. I found this book very accessible and easy to read because it was written in such an open, down to earth way. It was just like reading the diary or blog of a close female friend. There was plenty of humour, some of it rather self-depricating, and it was impossible not to warm to Louise Weiner. Whether or not you're into the music itself, the book provides a fascinating insight into the world as it was for female recording artists in the 90s.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terry Bond, author on 11 April 2012
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I'm six or seven years older than Louise Wener, but I was with her all the way on this musical trip down memory lane. Who DIDN'T tape Top of the Pops and the Top 40 show every week on low-tech cassette recorders (hey, we didn't have video recorders in THOSE days)? Who DIDN'T apply to sing on Opportunity Knocks? Who DIDN'T lust after moonboots (and in my case pink furry bomber jackets)? Louise writes with wit and catches perfectly the spirit of the 70s and 80s. The formation and rise to fame of her band was less enjoyable for me, but then even though I've heard of Sleeper, I couldn't have named anything they'd done. No matter, it was interesting to follow their 'antics' and sad to see their predictable demise. The epilogue, in which Louise commits herself to doing everything (embarrassing) in her power to prevent her kids becoming pop stars, reminds me of my brother's attitude to the raising of his daughter, who is not - apparently - going to be allowed to do anything until she's 30! A good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marie on 24 Aug. 2010
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Before "Different for Girls," I had only read one of Louise Wener's other books, the fictional "Goodnight Steve McQueen." I find that I enjoy her nonfiction much more. "Different for Girls" is a sometimes humorous but always honest memoir about Louise's time in the Britpop band Sleeper. The book is divided up into two different sections: her adolescent years as an awkward kid listening to pop music, and then growing into an adult and discovering indie music. Louise doesn't sugarcoat anything about her experience as a pop star. I found her thoughts on how her "sexy" lyrics were perceived very interesting. Also, her account of the end of Britpop was both heartbreaking and hilarious. If you're a fan of Britpop, or even just witty writing, then give "Different for Girls" a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cat VINE VOICE on 8 Nov. 2010
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Louise Wener's adventures in the Brit pop scene of the 90's is funny and always an interesting read. Her pre-fame tales of taping top of the pops and going to her first gig at MK bowl are the best parts of the book however, and will strike a cord with any music fan or child of the 70s and 80s. I have little memory of her band Sleeper, but it matters not. This book is absorbing and at no time over-glamourises fame, just tells it like it was for a woman who kept at it. Different For Girls is well written and won't last long in the unread pile.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cat Mac VINE VOICE on 3 July 2010
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I remember vividly reading an interview in 'Smash Hits' with Louise Wener just as Sleeper were hitting the big time. The interviewer was asking all the usual questions (what's your favourite colour?) and I remember thinking how brilliant it was that Louise was completely taking the mick with her answers but the journo was trying to make her out to be this controversial neo-feminist. Sleeper then seemed to fade from the pages of Smash Hits when the Spice Girls hit it big and that seemed to be the only suitable 'band' for girls to be in for a while.

This book gives a brutally honest, gloriously irreverent and uniquely British insight into the pop scene of the time, from an insiders point of view. Louise Wener's dry wit of '94 is now allowed to expand and explain itself in this book, which as autobiographies go, is a pretty nifty one. She charts her own rise to fame from unpromising beginnings in Essex, through directionless early adulthood and then into the feted record deal and the brief life of the band.

Although the parts about being in Sleeper and what happened when they made it big are very entertaining, the real chuckles come from her early years discovering music and deciding she wanted to be a pop star. Quite honestly, several pages of this book could have been lifted from my very own life - especially the bits about the skill involved in taping the Top 40 on a Sunday evening, or sitting by the telly on a Thursday night taping bits of Top of the Pops to a hand held recorder! I thought it was just me!

Well, well, well worth a read, especially if you are a late 20's/early 30's girl who remembers to birth of Britpop, and who ever wanted to be on Top of the Pops (even if it was only to dance awkwardly in the audience!). I don't think it even matters if you can't remember how any of Sleeper's songs go - the references are all there, and will take you straight back!
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