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Does my Bum Look Big in This?: The Diary of an Insecure Woman Paperback – 5 Mar 1998

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Coronet; New edition edition (5 Mar. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034068948X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340689486
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 11.4 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 727,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A hyper-active stream-of-consciousness confession which is both very funny and unexpectedly touching! (Joanna Lumley)

DOES MY BUM LOOK BIG IN THIS? This was a question that had to be asked and thank God someone has had the courage to answer it. This is Weir's first, and in my view by far her best, work to date. (Angus Deayton)

Interestingly, Arabella herself doesn't have a big bum at all, it's really quite small. In fact, we're happy to tell the whole world about just how small it is, honestly, we are, just as soon as she stops sitting on us. (
Paul Whitehouse & Charlie Higson
)

This book does for bums what Cyrano de Bergerac did for noses. (Alexei Sayle)

Book Description

This is the diary of an ordinary, insecure woman in her thirties, Jacqueline M. Pane. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 July 2001
Format: Paperback
I thought this book was very entertaining and Arabella Weir gave a really good impression of a thirty-something woman's life.I have read this book at least four times and each time i find the story funny. She made the book fun but included some seriousness into the woman's life. She showed how some small things can rule a person's life and how love made this life so much better. She helped people see that what other people think of you should not rule your life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Oct. 2005
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Arabella Weir had me in stitches with this book. I must have read it at least a dozen times now and every time it still has the same effect. Jaqueline M Payne is so irritatingly paranoid that its funny, what with falling over on holiday in front of her work colleagues to berating "Downstairs Man" over the state of the drains and then pretending she had an anyerism to getting so drunk while on a date that her PNB (potential new boyfriend) had to carry her home and put her to bed! Jackie is so funny in this book and it brings some light relief to your own world. I enjoyed this book so much that I bought it on Audio Tape. I would recommend this book to anyone, I found it hysterical at times, even though Jackie is a bit too paranoid to be believable on occasions and you do sometimes get annoyed with her penchant for disecting every nuance of a conversation and thinking that everyone thinks the worst of her. However, that aside the scrapes and situations she finds herself in are so cringeworthy its hilarious. Definitly worth a read if you want a good laugh!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Smurfy on 25 Jun. 2009
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Whether Arabella Weir had read or even heard of Bridget Jones' Diary before she began to write this novel, I don't know. If she had, such an obvious attempt to cash in with a clone deserves to fall flat. If she hadn't, then maybe it's just sheer back luck that this book reads like a poor imitation of Helen Fielding's mega-hit. The structure of the two novels is remarkably similar - weight-obsessed, unlucky in love woman bemoans her romantic and diet disasters in diary form - but sadly for Weir, without similar success levels. Yes, Bridget Jones was a neurotic character, but Helen Fielding made her endearing and quirky; Jacqui Payne is just wet. Where Bridget seems naive, Jacqui seems thick. The character's insecurities become overwhelming and annoying, and her complete failure to spot the obvious is simply irritating after a while. It's really stretching a point to make us believe that two men would fall in love with her at the same time; most would want to strangle her within an hour.

If this book hadn't been up against a worldwide hit in the same genre, the things that are good about it (there are some genuinely funny moments) might have stood out and taken it above the average. As it is, an ultimately poorly drawn lead character and an unconvincing ending mire this firmly in the forgettable airport fiction category.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Mar. 2001
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I was very surprised that the average review of this book rated four stars. Although it was amusing, it has been done far better by Helen Fielding in Bridget Jones' Diary. Unlike, Bridget Jones, Weir's character is not credible, nor particularly likeable and she is much too self-indulgent. Indeed, one frequently wonders how she managed to obtain a high-powered well paid job with her overwhelming lack of self-confidence. I was really looking forward to reading this book, but ultimately found it boring and a very poor second best to Bridget Jones.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Sept. 2001
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I think those who didn't rate this novel at least 4 stars, haven't ever really had problems with the size of their bums. I bumped into Arabella's book truly accidentally, in a library of foreign books here in Hungary - when I was about to find something highbrow to read - and I've chosen Arabella instead. This whole Bridget Jones hysteria didn't seem to have reached Hungary at that time, so this was my first encounter to this type of diary-like women-novel - and I can tell you I was amazed! At the moment I'm planning to translate it to Hungarian, because Hungarian women are quite sure to love it just like me.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gingerbread on 3 July 2009
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Don't get me wrong, there are a number of funny lines in this book that made me giggle. But that's what the one star is for. Aside from that, the main character in this book is one of the most repulsive characters I have ever come across in fiction. If I were Helen Fielding I would be extremely offended by comparisons to Bridget Jones.
Bridget Jones, whilst neurotic, ditsy and insecure, is realistically so, and has positive traits alongside these more irritating ones. She is intelligent, warm, and she she gives a damn about things other than herself. The same cannot be said for the character in this book. She is self obsessed, neurotic, vain and unbelievably stupid, to the point of absurdity. It almost seems as if it's meant to be a satire, but it clearly meant to be a straightforward romantic comedy, in the same genre as Bridget Jones. The idea that such a person could hold down a respectable job, and receive the affection from not one man but many, is ludicrous. She is hateful and offensive, and the fact that she is intended to represent women is a grave blow to feminism.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lfeather@thornes.co.uk on 27 April 2000
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Does my bum look big in this? Who cares? I honestly couldn't believe how much this women went on and on and on- yawn. It was amusing in places but to be honest I had real trouble persevering to the end as it was just the same self obsessed , not particularly orignal witterings of someone who should quite frankly get out more! Sorry Arabella, I think you're brilliant in The Fast show !
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