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Try Me by Farah Damji [Paperback]

Farah Damji
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13 July 2009
Farah Damji finally tells all in an uncut biography about her life. The story is a journey that starts in Africa, comes to London and New York and finds some answers in India. One reviewer described it , ' She spills secrets from the peaks of New York society in the 80s and 90s, and tells the brazen truth about London media-luvvie life in the naughty Noughties. Names are named, tears will be shed and the book has been cleared by leading libel-lawyers. Farah has kept e-mail correspondence from some of the other characters in the book, which authenticate her version of events - very different from that which was widely published.' Farah Damji writes beautifully about the exile's desire to belong and the dilemma of being an 'Indian' woman in the western world. It's Jimmy Choo with chutzpah.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The Ark Press (13 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907188045
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907188046
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An exhilarating breath of fresh air: an Indian woman who has lived, loved, f**ked and f**ked-up in spectacular fashion and has the guts and talent to write about it with honesty and style. This book is a landmark, throwing down a gauntlet that Arundhati Roy, Kiran Desai et al would never dare pick up.' Nirpal Singh Dhaliwal, author Tourism. At last an immigrant autobiography that doesn't have a mission to complain.' Farrukh Dhondy, writer and film-maker 'Casually shocking. Artfully bizarre. The most jaw-dropping memoir I've read since Jeffrey Archer's prison diaries.' --- Guy Adams, US Correspondent, --The Independent --In a sense, Try Me is reminiscent of the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes, wherein Solomon details his frantic search for happiness. Solomon tried everything. Sex, knowledge, architecture all of which failed to make him happy. Farah did the same thing, only in a much more contemporary setting. She, too, came up empty. Yet like Solomon, after wading through the blizzard of her life, she discovered something worthwhile her human-ness. On the Read-O-Meter, which ranges from 1 star (dismal) to 5 stars (momentous), Try Me earns 5 stars. It s a truly original memoir, written in dramatic fashion by the High Priestess of melodrama. --Randall Radic Author, 'A Priest in Hell Try Me, should really be called Take No Prisoners..[A] riveting story of how a troubled child became a Chanel-clad sex-bomb socialite quasi-criminal and then a somewhat contrite mother and very promising writer. The story of this world-class drama queen makes for highly dramatic reading.' --Michael Gross, More Intelligent Life

'After only the first paragraph, I was hooked. 'Try Me' is brilliantly written and describes the darker side of the media industry for women of all races. Detailing her travels to London and New York, her relationships, problems, drugs, alcohol, sex and fashion, her writing is utterly compelling.' ----fashion156.com

Farah Damji's book is intelligent, gutsy, full of paradox, and quite unlike any other account of the immigrant experience. ----The Evening Standard

About the Author

Farah Damji was born in Uganda in 1966 to South Asian parents. In 1970 she moved to London, where she did most of her growing up. In 1985, as soon as she was legal, she left for New York, promising to come back to take up a place at UCL. Alas that never happened. Farah has been and done many things, art dealer, interior designer, magazine publisher, mistress, socialite and in all things she excelled until the irresistible urge to self annihilate, instilled by her loving parents at an early age kicked in. Drugs, sex and drama didn't fill the guest shape hole at the core of Farah's being so she rebelled against all the things she was supposed to be, by trying crime, the way someone else might try on a new pair of shoes. She went to prison for 21 months and learned her lesson and has tried to be a good girl since then. Today, she describes herself as work in progress, on the way to becoming a human being rather than just a human doing. After tens of thousands of pounds spent on psychoanalysis she believes she is cured of the desire to prove anything to anyone. She is the mother of two adorable children, a writer and an ethical fashion designer. She lives by the belief 'Do as you would be done by' with the caveats that she takes no prisoners and suffers fools very ungraciously.

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4.0 out of 5 stars I REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK - THE GIRL CAN WRITE! 10 Jan 2014
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This book grabs your attention and holds it. It is a book about a real life egotistical character who has lived life in the moment and has no regrets (and very little conscience). The book leaves a lot of questions unanswered and you wish she would write another book just to anwer the questions. It leaves you not really liking the character but still wanting to read more about her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Farah 19 Sep 2013
This book could only have been written by Farah herself. It's very Farah. The book is a highly interesting story that is the sum of her as a person today. It explains her drive and passion in doing what she does. A wild account of a woman who knows how to live on the edge.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Carnival of Life 2 Aug 2010
Rich in anecdotes expertly drawn from the carnival of life. Farah has an ability with words that shows in the poetry in her prose.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous farah 30 July 2010
By biti
This book has surprisingly not received the acclaim it deserves.
For those who can suspend judgement , an incredible treat in lyrical prose awaits them. The writer is both visual and powerful. She sees reality for what it is and is able to communicate it effortlessly, with wit, grace and pertinence.
A unique book , ahead of its time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant and brilliant 8 Jan 2010
By Hd West
This book is probably the most important book written by an Asian woman and offers a truthful and tormented insight into what it is like to be born into one culture and transplanted as an exile into another. She pulls no punches, including upon herself, she is quite unforgiving in the way she describes some of the crimes she committed and about herself.

Ultimately this is a book that lets the reader decide who was the victim and who was the perpetrator, it's like a beautifully finished piece of bespoke clothing, perfect in the way it is made, whether it fits depends on your mind set. A difficult book but the writing is extraordinary, some of the descriptions of Africa and New York, took me back to exactly where she was. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "TRY ME"....she did and lived to tell the tale 3 Mar 2011
Pithy fast paced prose that conjures up both visions of heaven and hell..a true account of an amazing woman's journey through life that most of us can only imagine but secretly admire...She takes the reader on a helter skelter ride from suburban schoolgirl to the darling of the New York glitterati...the phrase "sex drugs and rock n roll" was invented for her lifestyle... a truly honest account of human foibles in all their pain and glory
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