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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 27 August 2012
Given the subject matter which I am very interested in, I thought I would really enjoy this book. Sadly not.

I found it very dull and hard to get into. The author tries too hard to fit as many puns as she can into one sentence, whilst neglecting to follow a storyline.

Most of the book is full of too many adjectives, which becomes confusing and gets in the way of actually being able to understand the story! It's almost like Lette has plucked as many words as possible out of the dictionary just to increase the word count!

She has tried too hard, and unfortunately it's neither funny nor makes good reading. Highly un-recommended.
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on 12 May 2012
Loved this book when it first came out. One of Kathy Lette's best I reckon. Good to see it back in print as now I'm no longer forced to find second hand copies to give to pregnant friends.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 17 August 1999
Having already read and loved Altar Ego, I also found this book very entertaining. Her comments about men and the English are affectionately cutting and some of her sentences make me want to laugh out loud on the tube. It makes you wake up and smell the coffee if you are feeling at all broody, but it doesn't put you off completely. She forms the characters very well and you really feel you are there with them. It's a quick book to read because you can't wait to see what happens next.
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on 13 November 2007
I do try & hold in my guffaws whilst out in public but it was impossible to hold them in reading this book.

This had me laughing from beginning to end.
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on 24 February 2009
Kathy Lette doesn't let us down! She maintains her tremendous sarcasm/witty writing throughout the book. I didn't want to put it down! Very addictive.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I got this book as one of a collection of lucky dip freebies. I read it because I didn't want to just bin it or give it away. The blurb on the back says things like 'wicked' and 'hilarious'. Jilly Cooper calls it 'Screamingly funny'. I didn't laugh once - not even a snigger, not even a smile. Maybe I'm mentally too old for this book, although Jilly Cooper has a few years head start on me physically. If you're into 'chick lit', buy this. If you're into something a little more serious, don't waste your money.
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on 26 December 2013
This book is an excellent read. Kathy Lette is an amazing author. One if my favourite authors. Very pleased with purchase
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 26 February 1999
Kathy Lette is an author you should look out for if you are interested in reading a funny book - particularly about modern women. (Most other humourous authors I read are men). Her protagonist is an Australian in London - and Lette uses this fact to poke fun at the British and men in particular. (Oh ok, and womrn too).
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 30 April 1999
Once you pick this up you won't be able to put it down, and if you lend it to a friend, don't expect to get it back! if you enjoyed Brigit Jones's Diary, you'll love this!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 May 2014
Contrary to some other bad reviews, I was optimistic through the first chapter, with the Aussie heroine enduring the first stages of labour in a run-down NHS hospital, which was quite funny. Alas, it went sharply downhill from then on. Lette's plotting is terrible - I never knew when/where we were supposed to be, and she tries FAR too hard to be funny. I am surprised that a well-known cookery school didn't sue her for libel; when the heroine is given a cookery course by her English lover, attended by pearl-wearing "debbie" types called Clarissa and Octavia, the menu includes - wait for it - haggis, tripe and black sausage!!! Is that what they serve at posh dinner parties?

It is littered with out-dated stereotypes of England and the English - as one commentator on here put it, quite racist in some ways - do the English still have cold baths? I doubt it, and you'd struggle to find tripe in any butchers these days!

Lette obviously hates England and the English - strange she chooses to live in London. But the book - well, okay, I'm FAR too old for "chick lit" - but LOVE Kinsella and Costello, whose disaster-prone heroines are warm, zany and engaging! I just wished Maddy would go back to Oz and give England a break. I gave up in the middle of Chapter 3.

Don't bother!
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