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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (5 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184744542X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847445421
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ruth Field is the author of RUN FAT B!TCH RUN and GET YOUR SH!T TOGETHER. Her new book, CUT THE CRAP will be coming out in January 2015. She is a former criminal barrister and lives in North London with her husband and twin sons.

Ruth blogs regularly at http://gritdoctor.wordpress.com/ and you can also find her on Twitter (@gritdoctor) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/thegritdoctor).

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If you're stuck in an exercise rut, this book will give you a rather rude kick up the backside . . . it certainly shamed us into lacing up our Nikes! (Closer)

Amusingly vicious . . . Excellent advice all round. (Emma Thompson)

Ruth is an inspiring running-buddy . . . By the time I unpack my summer wardrobe, I'm sure my inner Grit Doctor will be my best friend (Flic Everett Daily Express)

A witty, no-nonsense read, it had us dusting off our trainers within seconds. Trust us when we say you'll be up and running in no time at all. (Grazia)

Refreshingly free of new-age jargon and psychoanalysis. It's about determination and the pursuit of the 'happy effect.' (Herald Sun (Australia))

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A tough-love exercise programme for the terminally unmotivated. When all else has failed, RUN!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. M. Townsley on 17 Nov. 2013
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Was insulted to the point of almost slapping my sister across the face with my bingo wings when she suggested I read this book. However i bought it, read it, laughed lots and started running. 1 Marathon down and another on the horizon, I've never looked back. If buying for a friend though I'd strongly recommend you describe the contents of the book as inspirational and fun rather than just handing title over, in which case stand well back!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By ZCC on 14 Jan. 2014
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Not too keen with the 'I'm a fat/lazy bitch' chanting, whether it's jokey or not. Not conducive to good mental health, unfortunately. If you are in the slightest bit prone to depression, steer well clear.
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182 of 205 people found the following review helpful By E. Watson on 29 Mar. 2012
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The problem with this book is, it's split into two parts. Ruth Field combines some very interesting ideas with a really horrible, negative attitude. I agree with her premise, that some people need a boot to get started but she comes acros as really smug and rude with it.

So much of this book jarred with me. She encourages you to hate your body, to stand in front of the mirror (naked) and chant 'I'm a fat bitch'...why? Probably everyone who bought this book (for £10.99, mental) bought it because they are already unhappy with themselves - why make it worse? She then attempts to lighten the tone with 'oh, come on, it's just a laugh - I laugh at myself when I'm chanting this, it makes me megalolz, it's so funny ROFLcopter' but it's not funny, and it's not helpful.

She even admits herself that she was never fat, that she was slightly overweight due to a few lunches that she ate while training to be a barrister ( you may as well get this fact into your brain now, she talks about it enough), so really, she has never struggled with a long-term weight problem. And a lot of her methods are backed up by her family - I don't know about you, but I reckon my family would back me up if I wrote a book too. It probably wouldn't make for very accurate case studies but it would probs shift some books (£10.99 a copy, bonkers).

Oh, I am trying so hard not to be annoyed by this book because I really do think the tough love approach would work well. But if you are looking for someone to identify with you and to understand how tricky weight loss can be, then this book is not for you. Spend your £10.99 on something lovely, like flowers.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Westmacott on 24 Mar. 2012
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I was curious about this book, so bought it although I didn't like the title. It's quite witty, and I'm sure it'll work for some people. If you respond to abuse, if it fires you up, if you secretly have always wanted to go to a boot camp or join the army, then this could be for you. I'm nothing like that, and at points I got irritated by the assertion that the best way to spur yourself on is by being negative and abusive to yourself.

I feel qualified to comment, because last year, after abhorring running for as long as I can remember, I trained and ran a 5k. I now run regularly, though very slowly, and I'm no athlete! I managed to do it using the programme in 'Running Made Easy', where you build up very gradually from running a minute. The time demands are nowhere near as much as in this book, and I fitted it around work and children. Running Made Easy is a well-written book, and has got a much better tone. (And no, I'm not related to the authors, but it achieved the impossible and got me running.) I also like the John Bingham books, like No Need for Speed, which are funny and have lots of things that overweight forty-somethings like me can relate to.

I wrote this just to get people to think what motivates them. If you like being shouted at, this will suit you. If that sort of thing just turns you into a sulky teenager and makes you want to give up, then try the others I've recommended.
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62 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Rosie on 19 Jun. 2012
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I wish I had listened to the other reviewers of this book. Lots of writing with nothing to say. Drink Water, eat less crap and run as best you can while calling yourself a fat bitch.
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86 of 101 people found the following review helpful By B. Bampton on 17 Jan. 2012
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I'm 60 and 3 stone overweight. My attention was caught by the extracts in the times but I'm disappointed with the book. To begin, with I'm struggling to read it at all because a lot of it is in a really odd spidery script!
Ruth is unrealistic. She admits she was really into sport at school and never fat, and her mother played squash and netball after her kids were born and was active into her 40s. How can she relate to somebody like me who was always last to be picked for school sports? Her husband could run 4 miles after just 6 weeks - the furthest I have ever run in my entire life without stopping is half a mile and that was after 4 months training for a charity race. She talks about finding attractive circuits with little or no concrete that are fairly flat and start and end at the front door. I live in the country and I can't do that. (Her mother apparently lives in the Virginia Water park?)
All of these points are excuses but probably my main problem is that I don't respond to the stick, I just hibernate. Like Ruth I have an inner Grit Doctor. She gets me up at 3am to take my mother to the bathroom but she'll never get me to run at 6am on an empty stomach in the dark.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By J. Blake on 5 Jan. 2012
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Tells the truth about running (it's hard), forces you to confront the lies you tell yourself, and motivates far better than the 'be nice to yourself, you deserve it' wet self-help books. A really good introduction to running for beginners too.
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