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The Meaning of Life: Rachel Riley's (not) DOING IT diary Paperback – 7 Aug 2008


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (7 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192728334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192728333
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 517,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I grew up in Saffron Walden in Essex, a small town, where nothing much happened, and where I spent an awful lot of time wishing I was somewhere else, or someone else. And that's what I write about now - for children, teenagers and young adults: Extraordinary things happening to very ordinary people, in very ordinary places. And about dreaming of other lives you might live.

And I have lived many other lives: as a lifeguard, a radio newsreader, a producer on a TV cookery show, a journalist, and a special adviser to the Prime Minister. And I still have other guises: as a government speechwriter, and (in my head at least) as a future ice dance champion.

Stuff I like: Paris, prom dresses, that bit in the West Wing where Donna tells Josh she wouldn't stop for a red light if he was in an accident, junk shops, Ladybird books, cake, crisps, Cornwall, St Custard's, Portuguese custard tarts, politics, pin-up swimsuits, the Regency, high heels, horses, old songs, old dresses, my Grandma's fur coat, vinyl, liner notes, the smell of old books, the feel of a velveteen monkey, quiffs, putting my hand in a bin of chicken feed, eating peanut butter from the jar, the bit where Johnny says 'no-one puts Baby in a corner', the 1950s, automata, fiddles, gigs in fields on warm summer nights, Bath, the bath.

Find out more at http://www.joannanadin.com

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[Praise for My So-Called Life]: 'Nadin achieves the rare trick of producing a book that will make both adults and teenagers laugh aloud. (The Observer)

...it takes talent to turn a dull, uneventful childhood into comic material and Nadin had pulled it off - My So-called Life is very funny . . . an Adrian Mole for 2005. (The Bookseller)

Sharp observation and zippy writing make this a sort of Adrian Mole for the iPhone generation (The Book Magazine)

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The third instalment of the hilarious, best-selling diaries of Rachel Riley

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jill on 30 May 2013
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I just love reading these Riley books, they are so funny. Can't wait for the next one in March 2014.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet on 20 Jan. 2013
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Very funny I really enjoyed this book. I would recomend it for anyone who enjoyed the angus thongs and perfect snogging .
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5/5 because it really is 5 star quality material!! I love this book, but it can be a bit rude and that is quite annoying because anybody could buy this book, and also read it! A small girl could find it on the book store and could easily buy it and read it. I would recommend this book to teenagers and not small kids
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By Katman on 30 Aug. 2013
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Absolutely hooked. Brilliant and funny.
Bought for my 14 year old daughter and she wouldn't put it down until she finished reading it.
Thoroughly recommend.
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