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Julie Leeds "Jules loves to read" (Windsor)

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High Fidelity
High Fidelity
by Nick Hornby
Edition: Paperback

1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No!, 13 Nov. 2007
This review is from: High Fidelity (Paperback)
I'm delighted that this has been so successful because I can see it taps into a particular males psyche, but - surely - literature is about crossing boundaries. If not - what is it there for? I hate to be rude about someone's work because I imagine it must be so hard to write a book but I don't get why this was such a success.
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The WAG's Diary
The WAG's Diary
by Alison Kervin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A funny book that's lovely for a curl up on a Sunday, 13 Nov. 2007
This review is from: The WAG's Diary (Paperback)
The story is about a woman called Tracie Martin who is the Queen Wag at Luton Town where her husband Dean plays. As other reviewers have said, the two of them could be described as the Posh and Becks of Luton Town FC.
She is in a panic about the fact that she's getting older and her husband's career is slipping away from him. If he's not playing can she still be a Wag, she keeps asking herself. Even though it was all very funny and silly, I really liked the way this question was handled because Wags are completely dependent on their husbands and everything they do. I like the fact that Tracie was snubbed at the club when her husband didn't play well and I can see why it would bother her if her husband wasn't getting in the team and she felt as if her Wag-life was slipping away. After reading the book I started to think that Wags are actually a bit like army wives who wear their husband's badge or life old fashion housewives who have to beautify themselves for their husbands constantly.

Even though Tracie's a slapstick sort of character who is very funny, she does have inner strength (as many of the real Wags do have or how the hell would someone like Colleen have made what she has of herself?) and she takes it upon herself to stop worrying and start acting, Tracie knows all there is to know about being a footballer's wife so starts to write a blog that turns into a column in the Daily Mail that ends up being a handbook for Wags published as a book.

The reason I think it all works so well, is that everything makes sense and it well planned out - even the nonsensical stuff. So she has some assistance writing the book from a man called Simon who she meets when Luton Life, a local magazine a bit like Hello magazine but much more downmarket, come round to interview her. The interview takes place because they had to hastily arrange some PR after Tracie got herself into trouble after twirling Halliwell's dog above her head. So you think the press interview is just a chance to have some more fun with Tracie (she says all sorts of terrible things in the interview that get her into more trouble again) but it turns out that it's a clever way of introducing Simon into the story who ends up being a real pal to Tracie.

The book is really a mix of a strong story that keeps you turning the page and slapstick moments that have you laughing out loud and they do have you laughing out loud because you can picture them so clearly. I think that underlying it all is real warmth in Tracie's character, which shines through even as it's funny. They are the reasons I liked it so much and that's why I wanted to write about it and recommend it.I hope you enjoy it too. I thought also that the Wags came out well from it because it showed that they are quite tough underneath.

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