Dangerous Women: The Guide to Modern Life Hardcover – 3 Oct 2013
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an effervescent A-Z filled with wise words and witty anecdotes. (EASY LIVING)
Dangerous Women is a brilliant book that all women should pick up and read... (FEMALEFIRST)
I am so pleased about the publication of Dangerous Woman which celebrates the art of being fabulous and female at 15, 50 and far beyond. The three lustrous authors ... intend their sage and witty volume to promote the glorious French art of being bien dans sa peau. (Rowan Pelling DAILY TELEGRAPH)
`Witty guide to 21st Century life that offers advice on 600 subjects that concern every woman' (WOMAN & HOME)
From allure and allergies, to divorce parties and drunk-dialling, this A-Z with attitude is full of wise-cracking advice. (SAINSBURY'S MAGAZINE) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Everything about its initial appearance is misleading:
a) 'Dangerous Women'? The authors don't sound they've done anything more dangerous between them than take a swim after lunch. Advice on topics such as 'Adventure' are shocking: 'A shortlist of near-to-home, gutsy, sports activities can help to focus the mind, challenge the body and blow away the cobwebs'... Really? Hold the phone. Stop the press. Take the cat as I fall off my chair and into a deep well of despair.
b) 'The Guide to Modern Life' - Nothing (bar the tactical neon lettering on the front cover) about this book is modern. The quotes are old (and either so well-known they're not worth re-printing, or not all that insightful), most of the subjects are tedious and the 'guide' feels like it's being given to you by a prissy old aunt that no-one wants to be sat next to at dinner. Entries like 'Annoying women who like football', which shudders at the thought of women 'who drink pints down the pub', shows its true, frowning, joyless old face.
c) The blurb describes its authors as offering 'practical but humorous advice'. The only times I laughed were in disbelief. What's worse is I think the authors really were trying to be funny: 'Today, romance is so laidback it's horizontal.' Wow. Caitlin Moran quake in your boots.
I don't wish that this book dies a slow and painful death, but I do think it's been wholly, cunningly and inappropriately misbranded to make it look like a cute and fun Christmas gift (and the placed 5-star reviews proclaiming it 'the perfect Christmas gift!' just prove the point). If it were called something diabolical like 'Pearls of wisdom for women of all ages' with a powder blue cover, a limited print run and a foot-level shelf positioning, I could forgive it for being lazy, unfunny and having an ill-advised A-Z format that just doesn't work. However, what's not forgiveable is having nothing new - nothing even interesting - to say on any of the 600 entries the inside cover brags to have. What good are 600 entries when you're scraping the barrel with 'Banana - the handbag essential' and 'Arms - the punctuation marks of our body'? Seriously, what good?
I would go as far to say that books like this are the reason sexism still exists, and after all we've been through (I won't make a list; there are more than 600 entries) us women deserve better than this 'guide to modern life'.
Highly recommended, and perfect as a gift too.
Reading this book is like spending time with your best friend. Never judgemental(moral high ground - don't ever take it) always life-affirming (a day out in the country with a girlfriend), looking for a lot of fun (benders) and being there when it's not (it seemed like a good idea at the time) - there's advice for every day of your life - good or bad and each stage of life from youth to old age, child-bearing to menopause. Eat your greens, resepct yourself, accept every invitation and don't beat yourself up. What's not to like?
I started flicking through and even though I was on my own felt deeply embarrassed in case I got caught reading this lazy bilge. Thought I might flog it here , but I couldnt do that to the sisterhood or any poor bloke thinking he had hit the mark.
I How did it get published ? Such a waste , beautiful cover though. Wish she had given me the India Knight on middle age , now THAT
does look funny !
Every aspect of modern womanhood is covered, from the revival of false eyelashes (cat: Necessary Vanity) to the physical benefits of doing a handstand (the rush of blood is beneficial to the face) and the pleasures and pitfalls of holidaying with girlfriends.
Buy a copy and keep it by your bedside. Then buy one for your best friend, your sister, your teenage goddaughter and your mother in law. Not that 'Dangerous Women' is just for Christmas. It's for Life.
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