Lady: My Life as a Bitch (Puffin Teenage Books) Paperback – 6 Feb 2003
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"It has Burgess's unpredictability, darkness and ability to confront the dispiriting" (Observer)
"Lady succeeds on several levels: it’s both a teenage rite of passage and a satire on the emptiness of modern life" (Big Issue)
"This funny, punchy, well-written, original book asks real questions" (Daily Telegraph)
"[Lady] has confirmed Burgess’ position as the most exciting contemporary UK writer of teenage fiction" (Scotsman)
"Burgess keeps the suspense high to the very last. This seductive volume is as raw and ravenous as its subject" (Publishers Weekly) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In Melvin Burgess' latest novel, a young girl is transformed into a dog, and must cope with all the physical, psychological and material problems that ensue. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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This book is addressing such a strange concept that when i first picked it up i put it down again - i didnt think it was the sort of book I'd enjoy. But it is really entertaining, easy to read and captivating. It doesn't turn out as you would particularly expect - but that is part of Burgess's charm.
If you read this book, which i suggest you do, you will never look at a stray dog in the same way again...
This book, about a girl who is running wild, who gets turned into a dog, by a magical tramp is funny, sometimes hilarious, but it is also completely honest and comes with a parental advisory sticker because it tackles sex. Yes, readers, dogs have sex in this book. And they like it. Probably, best given to over-14s only, I would suggest. It is an allegory that needs a certain maturity to understand the contrast between a heady lack of responsibility and a need for family and the safety of a settled routine, even if that restricts one's freedom.
Sandra is seventeen when it happens, all the pressures, to be good, to be fancied by boys, to work hard at school, to re-sit the exams she has failed, fall away. The scents and smells of her new senses are heady and exciting, the option to run wild and free in a world entirely newly made is exhilarating and for a while she gives in to the call and runs with the pack, but something keeps calling her back.
The ending to this marvellous book made me laugh out loud.
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been after this book for years boss didnt take too long to order LOVE ITPublished 15 months ago by lexi
Bought as present. Will be loved. Well bought. Good value too. Will buy more I'm sure. Keep up good standard.Published 21 months ago by Carmel Short
I loved junk (the book) as a teenager, and read it many times, but it is only as an adult that I have started to explore some of the authors over works. Read morePublished on 22 Sept. 2008 by T-bone
This short story is very original and imaginitive. I imagine Burgess' inspiration was the question "Why do homeless people often have dogs?"! Read morePublished on 3 April 2008 by A. Auburn