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Does My Bum Look Big in This?: The Diary of an Insecure Woman (Hodder Summer Reading) [Paperback]

Arabella Weir
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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20 May 1999 Hodder Summer Reading
This is the diary of Jacqueline M. Pane. Like all women, Jackie knows life would be perfect if only she had a small bum, sticky-up bosoms, and didn't grow a moustache once a month. Jackie sees the potential for self-doubt in everything - and is convinced its all her fault!


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  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Coronet; Special promotion ed edition (20 May 1999)
  • ISBN-10: 0340765887
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340765883
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11.2 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,093,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A hyper-active stream-of-consciousness confession which is both very funny and unexpectedly touching! (Joanna Lumley)

DOES MY BUM LOOK BIG IN THIS? This was a question that had to be asked and thank God someone has had the courage to answer it. This is Weir's first, and in my view by far her best, work to date. (Angus Deayton)

Interestingly, Arabella herself doesn't have a big bum at all, it's really quite small. In fact, we're happy to tell the whole world about just how small it is, honestly, we are, just as soon as she stops sitting on us. (
Paul Whitehouse & Charlie Higson
)

This book does for bums what Cyrano de Bergerac did for noses. (Alexei Sayle) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is the diary of an ordinary, insecure woman in her thirties, Jacqueline M. Pane. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fabulous 23 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I thought this book was very entertaining and Arabella Weir gave a really good impression of a thirty-something woman's life.I have read this book at least four times and each time i find the story funny. She made the book fun but included some seriousness into the woman's life. She showed how some small things can rule a person's life and how love made this life so much better. She helped people see that what other people think of you should not rule your life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The funniest thing in a long time! 9 Oct 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Arabella Weir had me in stitches with this book. I must have read it at least a dozen times now and every time it still has the same effect. Jaqueline M Payne is so irritatingly paranoid that its funny, what with falling over on holiday in front of her work colleagues to berating "Downstairs Man" over the state of the drains and then pretending she had an anyerism to getting so drunk while on a date that her PNB (potential new boyfriend) had to carry her home and put her to bed! Jackie is so funny in this book and it brings some light relief to your own world. I enjoyed this book so much that I bought it on Audio Tape. I would recommend this book to anyone, I found it hysterical at times, even though Jackie is a bit too paranoid to be believable on occasions and you do sometimes get annoyed with her penchant for disecting every nuance of a conversation and thinking that everyone thinks the worst of her. However, that aside the scrapes and situations she finds herself in are so cringeworthy its hilarious. Definitly worth a read if you want a good laugh!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That's my book! 3 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I think those who didn't rate this novel at least 4 stars, haven't ever really had problems with the size of their bums. I bumped into Arabella's book truly accidentally, in a library of foreign books here in Hungary - when I was about to find something highbrow to read - and I've chosen Arabella instead. This whole Bridget Jones hysteria didn't seem to have reached Hungary at that time, so this was my first encounter to this type of diary-like women-novel - and I can tell you I was amazed! At the moment I'm planning to translate it to Hungarian, because Hungarian women are quite sure to love it just like me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A poor-woman's Helen Fielding 5 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I was very surprised that the average review of this book rated four stars. Although it was amusing, it has been done far better by Helen Fielding in Bridget Jones' Diary. Unlike, Bridget Jones, Weir's character is not credible, nor particularly likeable and she is much too self-indulgent. Indeed, one frequently wonders how she managed to obtain a high-powered well paid job with her overwhelming lack of self-confidence. I was really looking forward to reading this book, but ultimately found it boring and a very poor second best to Bridget Jones.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing- So Funny! 19 Dec 2007
Format:Paperback
This book was the funniest thing that I've ever read. Her comidic humor just leapes off the page. The take on real life and a woman's insecurties was true to life and you can't help but relate to it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars repulsive blow to feminism 3 July 2009
Format:Paperback
Don't get me wrong, there are a number of funny lines in this book that made me giggle. But that's what the one star is for. Aside from that, the main character in this book is one of the most repulsive characters I have ever come across in fiction. If I were Helen Fielding I would be extremely offended by comparisons to Bridget Jones.
Bridget Jones, whilst neurotic, ditsy and insecure, is realistically so, and has positive traits alongside these more irritating ones. She is intelligent, warm, and she she gives a damn about things other than herself. The same cannot be said for the character in this book. She is self obsessed, neurotic, vain and unbelievably stupid, to the point of absurdity. It almost seems as if it's meant to be a satire, but it clearly meant to be a straightforward romantic comedy, in the same genre as Bridget Jones. The idea that such a person could hold down a respectable job, and receive the affection from not one man but many, is ludicrous. She is hateful and offensive, and the fact that she is intended to represent women is a grave blow to feminism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant 20 May 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This was the most hilarious book that I have ever read and I found myself wanting to read it all the time. I laughed all the way through it as I was able to indentify with what Jacqueline was going through.
I recommended this book to my mother-in-law who has now almost finished reading it and has already promised it to her sister-in-law.
I can't wait to have it back so that I can read it again, for about the 5th time.
I really hope that Arabella Weir has plans to write a similar book in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant 20 May 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This was the most hilarious book that I have ever read and I found myself wanting to read it all the time. I laughed all the way through it as I was able to indentify with what Jacqueline was going through.
I recommended this book to my mother-in-law who has now almost finished reading it and has already promised it to her sister-in-law.
I can't wait to have it back so that I can read it again, for about the 5th time.
I really hope that Arabella Weir has plans to write a similar book in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant funny book
Published 1 day ago by miss l j osborne
3.0 out of 5 stars It was grand
Not quite what i was expecting, she talks alot to herself about her own self worries which she blows out of proportion i think.
Published 16 months ago by jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining.
I first read this book when i was 16 years old (im 30 now), i loved it back then and i have read it dozens of times since then. Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2012 by Claire
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Bridget Jones!
Missed it when it first appeared but saw Arabella recently at a festival and she was hilarious. The book is a novel (but loosely based on her own life I felt from her talk) and is... Read more
Published on 20 April 2011 by big A
3.0 out of 5 stars ...and you thought you were paranoid?
Yep...funny book, but I found the character's over-analysing and paranoia over her weight, size and self-worth rather irritating. Read more
Published on 7 Oct 2010 by SJ KAY
2.0 out of 5 stars Second-rate Bridget Jones
Whether Arabella Weir had read or even heard of Bridget Jones' Diary before she began to write this novel, I don't know. Read more
Published on 25 Jun 2009 by Smurfy
3.0 out of 5 stars a funny book
this is a funny book. I read it for the first time years ago and found it hilarious. Reading it back after the Bridget Jones' diaries, doesn't make it justice though.
Published on 5 April 2009 by cristina
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
This book is good fun and easy to read. A lot of women will recognise themselves in this book! I particularly like the sarcasm and irony used by the character to describe every... Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2008 by C. Herrador
1.0 out of 5 stars Only for the Weak minded .
This is Pusilanimous Crap from start to finish. How it ever got published is a mystery to me. Very Sad content indeed. Read more
Published on 31 Dec 2006 by M R. Taylor
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, Arabella...
You're very funny on the fast show and in The Observer, but this book, really - I just hope it made you a lot of money. Read more
Published on 13 Dec 2005 by L. R. Fisher
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