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Girl Least Likely to: 30 Years of Fashion, Fasting and Fleet Street [Paperback]

Liz Jones
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16 Jan 2014
Liz Jones is Fashion Editor of the Daily Mail, and a columnist for the Mail on Sunday. She is the former editor of Marie Claire, which sounds quite an achievement, but she was sacked three years in. A psychotherapist once told her, 'What you brood on will hatch', and she was right. Nothing Liz ever did in life ever worked out. Nothing. Not one single thing. Liz grew up in Essex, the youngest of seven children. Her mother was a martyr, her dad so dashing that no other man could ever live up to his pressed and polished standards. Her siblings terrified her, with their Afghan coats, cigarettes, parties, sex and drugs. They made her father shout, and her mother cry. Liz became an anorexic aged eleven, an illness that continues to blight her life today. She remained a virgin until her thirties, and even then found the wait wasn't really worth it; it was just one more thing to add to her to do list. She was named Columnist of the Year 2012 by the British Society of Magazine Editors, but is still too frightened to answer the phone, too filled with disgust at her own image to glance in the mirror or eat a whole avocado. She lives alone with her four rescued collies, three horses and seventeen cats. Girl Least Likely To is the opposite of 'having it all'. It is a life lesson in how NOT to be a woman.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (16 Jan 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1471101967
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471101960
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This is a riveting read with Jones a witty, frank, pomposity-free communicator' Observer

'She may have turned herself into the latest comedy character since Alan Partridge' Sunday Times

'A horribly enjoyable misery memoir with added designer labels' Sunday Express

'Like all Liz Jones's work, Girl Least Likely To... is compellingly readable and often funny as well as appalling' Evening Standard

'You might not want to be Liz Jones, but you'll relish her talent to amuse and enrage' The Times

'Readers might not always agree with what she says, and sometimes wonder why she's saying it in the first place, but she has a great turn of phrase. As pieces of entertainment, Jones polemics are hard to beat' Metro

'For anyone who has seen Liz Jones on Channel 5 s Celebrity Big Brother and wondered if she s for real, this autobiography charts the columnist's lifelong battle with low self-esteem and depression. Vital moments of wit and humour stave off monotony' --Daily Express

She may have turned herself into the latest comedy character since Alan Partridge --Sunday Times

A horribly enjoyable misery memoir with added designer labels --Sunday Express --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Liz Jones is the Fashion Editor of the Daily Mail, a columnist for the Mail on Sunday, and the former editor of Marie Claire. She was named Columnist of the Year 2012 by the British Society of Magazine Editors and has three million dedicated readers.

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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
... but fails to make any mention at all of the Fantasy Rock Star 'boyfriend' who has featured so prominently in her searingly honest 'Diaries' for the last three years.

Badly written, poorly edited, rambling, vindictive, solipsistic re-hash of her already-much-rehashed Daily Mail and MOS click-bait 'articles'. The only possible reason for reading this is to play 'spot the contradictions'.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why did I bother? 4 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I didn't hold out much hope for this, but in a moment of weakness I thought I would give Ms Jones the benefit of the doubt. After all, she apparently won an award for her 'writing' last year. Well, they do say no good deed goes unpublished. The book (I use the term loosely) is poorly written, consisting mainly of rehashes of material that has appeared in her columns since her ignominious departure from Exmoor. The only plus point to having this book is that it makes it easy to spot all the contradictory claims she makes about her life and everything that happens in it. I do pity her family, as she has an almost autistic inability to recognise subjects that just should NOT be discussed outside the family circle. One could forgive that if she had anything positive to say about her family, but no, like every other area of her life, it's all unremitting nastiness, ingratitude and misery. With Liz in the role of martyr, naturally. And did I fall asleep while reading, and miss the tedious Rock Star Boyfriend storyline? I don't remember reading about him... Too bad. I'm certainly not going to read it again to check - root canal treatment would be more fun!

She says her motto is 'why me?'. That's exactly what I was thinking while reading this tosh. This is the first book I have bought for my Kindle that I deleted within a few hours of purchasing it. Buyer, beware - and spend your money on something else!
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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Must Try Harder 6 July 2013
Format:Hardcover
A lot of writers have a hook or an angle. ee cummings wrote without capital letters. Ernest Vincent Wright wrote Gadsby without using the letter E. Jones has managed to write an entire novel using almost exclusively the letter 'I'!

I say 'write', what I mean is rehash the diary entries and articles she wrote for the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, and which can be read free of charge by anyone in possession of a computer or smart phone and an Internet connection. Expecting to be paid twice for this tripe is laughable, so I would recommend that anyone with a burning desire to read this 'confessional' simply heads to their local charity shop. Or bin.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I ran out of patience with the whining inconsistencies of Liz Jones about a year ago. But I continue to admire Barbara Ellen's essays and interviews. So when she warmly praised GLLT in 'The Observer', I thought I'd give Jones another look.

Props to Ellen for her professional solidarity, compassion, or whatever it was that motivated her to endorse Jones's book, but I found it a complete waste of time.

There's something just so depressing about reading what is effectively a teen diary penned by a 50+ woman, and not even a particularly nice or interesting one. Reading Liz Jones reminds me of being 16 in the worst possible sense, because at worst, being a teenager is all about having your immediate, superficial desires gratified and your prejudices lovingly massaged. Eventually, it's exhausting and boring, which is why most of us grow up and take interest in something beyond ourselves.

Based on this book, Jones apparently never has.

So I don't think there is anything "brave" or "honest" about GLLT. In fact the paucity of new material, insights into old material, or actual references to her fashion career makes the book appear something of a cash-grab.

I think there was a time when Jones wrote with wit and pace, even if she often came off as silly and solipsistic. But she's long since outgrown her voice without, decades later, developing any new one. And I would really like to see less of her "confessional journalism".
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just... awful. 5 July 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'm giving this rubbish one star purely because there is no option for none. It is without doubt the poorest excuse for journalism I've read for many a year. Compiled in the main from her articles over the years (some of which are re-cast to fit her very poor memory), Jones cannot help but run people down, or tell flat out lies, and in this internet age, that's a very stupid thing to do. Example - she claims that after all her cards were declined by a hotel, she had to walk the streets of London all night. In fact, in the original article, her agent bailed her out... but then, this is a woman who forgets the date of her own wedding day (2002, not 2003 as stated) and contradicts herself from page to page (Jones was born September 1958, her sister February 1956, yet said sister is 18 months older, apparently).

Truly, a terrible book. Avoid at all costs.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Incredulous sigh 9 Aug 2013
Format:Hardcover
So, having read both sides of the reviews of this book, I thought I'd give it a bash. I mean, surely such opposing views from reviewers would result in something I can bash through with interest?

Wrong. I have read Ms Jones columns with varying levels of interest over the years, but admit to having grown weary of her 'life' in recent times. I thought this book might give me a better idea of why she seems to hate herself and others so much, and with increasing venom over the years.

But I don't think any of her history justifies the way she writes now. To those accusing reviewers of being trolls, I accuse you of being overly positive to boost ratings!

This book has no depth and I find some of the stories inconsistent to her columns with similar themes. So where is the truth? I don't feel I know Jones any better, in fact I feel I dislike her more now than before!

So really, in all honesty, don't bother, it's not worth it
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Ok
Published 1 day ago by henman1122
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I like Liz Jones even more now. We have more in common than I thought before I read it.
Published 24 days ago by cookie
5.0 out of 5 stars love her self- depreciating style
Fabulous, love her self- depreciating style.
Published 27 days ago by Simone
2.0 out of 5 stars About a talented and beautiful woman putting herself down
I had rather high expectations for this book. Surely a book written by a British columnist would be cleverly witty, a bit sarcastic, with the occasional cynic passage. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ucelle
5.0 out of 5 stars MOST LIKELY TO ENJOY....
....IF YOU ARE A FAN OF LIZ JONES ,AS I ALREADY AM.ITS A VERY EASY READ,ONE YOU CAN DELVE IN AND OUT OF WITHOUT FORGETTING THE PLOT.
Published 3 months ago by horsegirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
This is a truly interesting look at the fashion world but that is not why I found it compelling. This book resonated with the self doubt that I suspect many women feel inside,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alison White
4.0 out of 5 stars so that's why!
I have read a lot of Liz' s columns for years, especially mail on Sunday! I have felt sorry for her and admired her stoicism in tha face of adversity. Read more
Published 3 months ago by SN57
4.0 out of 5 stars The Sylvia Plath (Sort Of) of the Tabloids
I first came across Liz Jones when as a second-year student I started buying 'Marie Claire'. For what it's worth, I thought she was a brilliant editor. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kate Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Liz Jones Autobiography a good read.
Love her or dislike her. You can,t ignore her excellent style of writing and personal put downs of others and more importantly herself. Read more
Published 3 months ago by MauveMelo
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring!!!!
I love Liz Jones' Sunday slot in the Mail On Sunday so I thought this book would be just as entertaining.

As dull as dishwater!
Published 3 months ago by mrs d v wilkinson
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