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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (10 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091936519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091936518
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Teen love, bad haircuts, great music and laugh-out-loud memories" (Fearne Cotton)

"Wise, funny and loving - a brilliant memoir about Britpop and possibly the best rock biography since Nik Cohn's AwopBopAlooBop-AlopBamBoom." (Tony Parsons)

"This book is absolutely wonderful - I just read four passages out loud to the Word staff - to actual applause!" (Mark Ellen The Word)

"... funny, readable and filled with proper gossip. Most importantly, it's a perceptive and tenacious look at what it was really like to be a girl among the blokes in that era" (Alexandra Heminsley The New Review, Independent on Sunday)

"(This week Sam has been) laughing, crying and over-identifying with Louise Wener's hilarious memoir, Different For Girls." (Sam Baker - Editor of Red Magazine)

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Former Sleeper singer's comically shambolic growing up memoir

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By A L H TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Dec. 2012
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I was a student when the whole Britpop thing was going on and it seemed like such an exciting time for music. I liked Sleeper a lot and had bought all three of their albums, I loved their catchy tunes and Louise's unique, breathy voice. I was at the REM concert in Milton Keynes that she writes about in the book, where Micheal Stipe sang Happy Birthday to her, and was very interested to read her account of that. I also like to read anything about the Britpop era as I can get quite nostalgic over it! Ahh, memories of crap student parties! Ha! Ahem, back to the book. It was much more than a look at Britpop from a female's point of view, it is also the story of Louise herself, her childhood and her experiences before and after the band were popular. I enjoyed it a lot. If you like Sleeper, Biographies and/or Britpop, you probably will too because Louise Wener tells her story well.
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There are many books like this around- funny and true accounts of a celebrity life, written with a touch of cynicism, a touch of nostalgia, a few well-chosen bits of scandal or revelation. They are often entertaining if trivial. They are, without exception, the story of a predictable journey from non-entity to celeb, with entirely obvious pitfalls and tribulations.
So what makes this different?
The title gives a clue: it's a singularly feminine perspective, told through the eyes of an intelligent, self-critical and imaginative participant, who is not afraid to cast herself in a bad light.It's an engaging and a compelling read. Also: Louise Wener is a gifted writer, able to produce lucid and clear prose which is fluent and honest. No, it won't change the world. And yes, it does suffer from the flaws described above. But it transcends them because it's so well-written and truthful.

Worth a read-even if you don't know who Sleeper were. And most definitely worth looking at if you're a female singer, looking to work in the field of pop music. Could save you a lot of heartache...
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By Rosey Lea TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 July 2010
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Hearing Louise Wener interviewed, she's very clever, very witty and not afraid to speak her mind. So I had high hopes for this book. Unfortunately she's really got nothing to say within these pages.

The band were very small fry on the BritPop scene, I'd hoped that would mean the author would have insider information without insider loyalty. She doesn't. If you're looking for anecdotes, or witty asides, there's nothing here. There's certainly no discussion about why it was 'different for girls', unless you include a few lines about stupid questions from journalists (men get equally stupid questions too!).

Written chick lit style, there's the old trick of using big font and wide spacing to give the impression of a 300 plus page book. In fact you'll read it in an evening or 2 hours on the beach. The band and BritPop only take up the latter half of the book anyway.

It's pleasant enough, but there's no substance here. The book is so 'lite' is could blow away. Maybe that's all Britpop was anyway...

For heroic failure try Showbusiness: The Diary of a Rock 'n' Roll Nobody, for behind the scenes in the music business 45, and for total pop star self destruction it was to be Head-On/Repossessed

(I'm well aware that Vine reviews of less than 5 stars for any product get marked down as unhelpful. This doesn't bother me a jot.)
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Different for Girls is an autobiography of Louise Wener who was the singer with Britpop band Sleeper, and she is now a novelist. This book charts from when she was growing up, through forming the band, the highs and lows, insight into being in a band which was succesful at the time, and the fall from fame for the band, up to being a parent after it all ended.

I didn't mind Sleeper but wasn't a huge fan. The book did sound very appealing. From the start where she was taping the Top 40, I took to this book straight away as some of the earlier experiences were similar to my own. Who hasn't wanted to form a band of their own? The details of the band's ups and downs and subsequent downfall gave such an interesting insight (also into the Britpop era - this gave me a fair few surprises!) as we could never know what its like to experience this and now its made me glad I never formed a band!

I loved this book and even if you weren't a fan of Sleeper it still makes great reading.
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I was smitten with Louise Wener the first time I saw her, probably on The Chart Show on a Saturday morning, walking around a supermarket with Dale Winton. She was great-looking and bolshy, and the band, Sleeper, sounded good too. I dutifully bought the albums, which were uniformly excellent, and read interviews in which Louise showed a welcome contempt for the music press. The more the press loathed her, the more I admired her, then suddenly Sleeper seemed to vanish. So when I saw Ms Wener on BBC Breakfast promoting this book, I had to buy it.
I'm very pleased I did. The first part, the teenage angst, the misery of not being one of the cool kids at school, will strike a chord with anyone who grew up in the 70's and 80's, and it was fun to hear it from a female perspective. But it's the second part, the rise and fall of Sleeper, a world most of us will never know, that really made the book for me. By turns funny, reflective and bittersweet, it charts the highs and lows of the band with a great turn of phrase. Louise isn't afraid to point at herself and laugh, and her pen sketches of some other Britpop luminaries are funny and revealing. There's no self-pity about Sleepers' eventual implosion, she's well aware that many people would have loved to have experienced that lifestyle. Instead she just lifts a corner so we can see what it was like and draw our own conclusions.
I read the book in one sitting, and it genuinely made me laugh out loud. It's a female counterpart to "Lost in Music" by Giles Smith, and I can't give it a higher recommendation than that. As with most books of this sort you have to admire her powers of recall, but that's part of the charm: many of the things she describes would be pretty hard to forget!
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