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Trinny & Susannah: The Survival Guide - A Woman's Secret Weapon for Getting Through the Year Hardcover – 20 Sep 2006


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  • Hardcover: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; 1st edition (20 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297844261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297844266
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 18.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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89 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Bean Cosnochta on 1 Oct 2006
Format: Hardcover
Unlike T&S's other books which focus on dressing and grooming, this book goes into a bit more depth in that it contains suggestions for home made beauty treatments, making one's homelife more agreeable, holidays less stressful, shopping in the sales more fruitful, household chores more beneficial, even ways to keep children entertained on plane, train and car journeys but it also makes suggestions for improving one's inner self without having to shell out a fortune to do so. I've acted on a few of their tips and hope I'll be able to check out the restaurants and shops in cities like Paris, Venice, New York and London they mentioned as being worth a look. There still are tips on how to dress for one's shape so the ladies have not forgotten where they started.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gaz Pacho on 11 Jan 2007
Format: Hardcover
Trinny and Suzannah have taken a lot of flak over the last year for their new ITV show. They're not marriage counsellors, as they freely admit, so getting couples to undress behind a see-through bedsheet is their way of getting people to confront their problems. The one where they had a really tall woman with straw hair who'd had an affair and made her little dinky husband cry was a classic example. Now the girls are back on their own patch, telling us what to wear and what not to wear (!) in this great book. Trinny and Suzannah have both had kids and marriage problems, so they know where they're coming from when they dish out the advice. They know that just because you're a single mum there's no reason to let yourself go. Last season's labels can be got for half price and no-one will notice with some minor adjustments and accessorizing! They're also very good at chic dressing for the larger lady. Fat people tend to get a raw deal in the fashion world - big tent dresses with gaudy patterns so they all look 'jolly' and everyone compliments them on not letting their weight get them down. Trinny and Suzannah push that aside and show that big girls can wear leggings and cut away tops too!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Annah on 28 Sep 2007
Format: Paperback
I'd like to first say that I'm a fan of T&S, mainly because they have had good tips in the past and are usually spot-on with their advice. I've bought several of their books as gifts and this was the first book I purchased for myself. Having recently come out of a pregnancy, I put off shopping for clothes, waiting to read through what T&S had to say in terms of clothing tips in their new book.

The Survival Guide gives tips that most average women would have already known from the internet, magazines, or common sense (household tips such as checking to see if your fairy lights are working, lighting candles to relax, etc --come on, who doesn't know this already?). Also, although women in Europe, USA and Canada have access to their show and printed material, their content remains all-British --nothing particularly wrong with that, but perhaps a turn-off to women who don't live in Britain and therefore lose out on about 60-70% of the content of this book. A case in point is their "fabulous internet directory", of which I found two shops in the UK that deliver internationally. So even if I wanted to follow their advice of what to best get in each shop, it's all a big tease if such shops are inaccessible out of the UK. Perhaps a more appropriate title would be The British Woman's Survival Guide?

I was most disappointed in the weakness of their fashion advice which barely goes beyond simple recommendations for women who are big-busted, OR short, OR wide-shouldered... this is way too general to actually help a woman "survive"; there is hardly a woman who can dress according to only one category. Most of us are a mixture of "trouble spots" and T&S's shows have demonstrated that time and again.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By vivsy on 14 Jan 2007
Format: Hardcover
I didn't realise until I got this book that it's got much more than style advice. It covers all the events you might have to deal with throughout the year such as finding the right Christmas presents for people, packing for summer holidays, fending off colds, good places to go for mini breaks and so on. They also give lots of other advice, such as first aid, what to when your relationship gets in a rut and how to realise your dreams. It is interspersed with clothes and shopping hints and gives useful advice, much of it common sense but still good to have it there. They even tell you what/what not to wear to your own dinner party, so easily forgotten in the midst of kitchen frenzy. It's also got a very handy guide to the web with lots of sites to try out for more or less everything. It does seem to be mainly aimed at the busy working mum with young kids but I think there's lots there for everyone. If this kind of book appeals to you, then try 'The Shops' by India Knight which is another 'must read' if you love shopping for anything and everything.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By U. Hartmann on 14 Dec 2006
Format: Hardcover
I must admit that I am usually not Trinny's and Susannah's greatest fan and wasn't too impressed with their first books.

This is why I had some reservations when I was given their latest book as a present. But what a nice surprise! This book is absolutely lovely!

It contains A LOT of useful and straightforward information that might come in handy in all sorts of situations. Of course there are the usual bits of fashion advice as well as tips for hosting a party, keeping children amused on long journeys, general household advice ("turn your mattress over") and overall a large variety of information - all of it very entertaining.

This is a lovely present for pretty much any woman as everybody will be able to find something useful and entertaining in this book!
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