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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (7 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184400936X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844009367
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 19.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 266,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Janet Street-Porter s successful career in the media spans nearly 40 years. Starting as a columnist on the Daily Mail at the age of 21, she then wrote for many national newspapers and magazines including the Observer, the Telegraph, the London Evening Standard, Vogue and Harpers. She edited the Independent on Sunday for two years. She currently writes regular weekly columns for the Independent on Sunday and the Daily Mail, and was short listed as columnist of the year in the 2007 press awards. She helped to launch commercial radio in the UK with a daily show on LBC, and went on to devise and present hundreds of television programmes for ITV, Channel 4 and the BBC. She has won a BAFTA for originality and the Prix Italia for Arts programming. In 2004 Janet wrote and presented a successful one-woman show at the Edinburgh Festival, which then toured the UK. She has written two volumes of memoirs, Baggage and Fallout. She appears in a wide range of television programming, from I m a Celebrity... in 2004, to regular appearances on Question Time and GMTV, Deadline for ITV2 and So you think you can Teach for Five, as well as documentaries for Sky. She has been a regular contributor in four series of C4 s F Word, as well as Grand Designs Live. Last year, her abrasive guide to coping with modern living, Life s Too F***ing Short, was a bestseller. Janet is Vice President of the Ramblers Association, as well as a Trustee of the Science Museum, and in 2009 she was awarded an MA from UCA (University for the Creative Arts).

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Misstrchatter on 15 Jan. 2011
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When I think of Janet Street-Porter, I envisage a no-nonsense, straight speaking, ballsy, successful woman. I've never really known what to make of her, but I have always respected how strident and sure she is of her personal and professional achievements.

Due to these facts, I was eager to read "Don't Let The B*****ds Get You Down" because I knew it would be a sensible and dry approach to self help culture. I was not disappointed. Elements of this book made me laugh out aloud as she has written the book, exactly how she would speak the information to you. Regarding political correctness gone mad, Janet Street-Porter says all the things I hear people say everyday and sets the record straight in a witty and sensible fashion. For the most part, I actually felt that she might have listened to my daily rants and plucked the thoughts staight from my mind.

The government has bred generations of people that cannot do anything without being instructed to do so by the authorites or the government themselves. This has signalled the end of common sense for the forseeable future and element by element, Janet busts myths and reassures the reader that they can in fact get through their lives without the `safety' of guidance from those running the country.

My favourite part is the fabulous `useful addresses' bit at the back. I love anything that helps me do something for myself or helps me to streamline my life for the better. I'll be sure to make use of most of these links at a later date.

This book is the only self-help book you should ever read. It's a brutually honest assessment and verbal shake-up/wake up; slapping down hysterical people and the hysteria caused by unfounded claims from the media.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frances on 8 Dec. 2013
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Not as good as "Life's Too F***ing Short". I gave up mid-way through. It sort of rambles along incoherently. Didn't think the advice was anything remarkable. Sorry Janet, I do like you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By millicentlyd on 30 Nov. 2012
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Although I like and admire the author, this book told me nothing I didn't already know. I read it in an hour or so, and it made a good holiday read for one evening only. I have been disillusioned in her when I thought how stupid could she be not to be able to make decent compost when I make hundredweights of it a year. Doh.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sue B. on 2 Jan. 2013
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If you`ve read her similar stuff before, some of this will feel a bit repetitive - but there was enough useful, down-to-earth stuff to make it very browsable. If you`ve never read Janet`s previous tomes - you must. Thanks God for some common sense when the world seems to have lost its marbles.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Hazeldine on 25 Feb. 2011
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what a wonderful little book, loads of advice on how to cope in the 21st century, but with a humorous twist.
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By LukeyD on 20 July 2012
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Brought this for my mother as a present, knowing that she already had the other book she has published. She was pleasantly surprised and has enjoyed reading this book. The quality and delivery was spot on and would use this supplier again.
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By Lincs Reader TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Aug. 2013
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Janet Street-Porter is one of my favourite people, she says it like it is and doesn't give a damn what anyone else thinks.
This book is really easy to read, full of snippets and illustrations and lots of Janet's sound advice.
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By Edenx on 10 Mar. 2013
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Janet Street-Porter is a babe, and this book is fantastic. I love her tone and her no nonsense attitude, she's just brilliant. The whole layout of the book is fantastic, easy to read and makes you laugh out loud. Got to love her!
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