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Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman Hardcover – 19 May 2016
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A warm, capacious and funny writer (Guardian)
This is a feminist, empowering book; I cried the whole way through though it's very funny as well ... It's nice to read something that you know would have changed your life for ever if you'd read it when you were 16 (Sofie Hagen Observer)
This important, brutally honest book makes for a hilarious read (Buzzfeed)
Lindy West is an essential (and hilarious) voice for women. Her talent and bravery have made the Internet a place I actually want to be. (Lena Dunham)
it is a powerful and frequently furious declaration of West's right to exist and be heard (i)
A call-to-arms for any woman who feels like she can't find her voice (Red)
Brilliant and brave (Sunday Independent)
The new feminist bible (Stylist)
Standout . . . screamingly funny (The Pool)
It's very very funny... it was a really enjoyable memoir but very disquieting too. (Nine to Noon, Radio NZ)
For the vast number of women who have struggled to accept their bodies as they are, West's memoir will offer numerous fist-pump moments. (New Zealand Listener)
If you've ever been labelled with a condescending big-girl euphemism such as "bubbly" or "exuberant" . . . you will laugh your chubby head off at West's book (Weekend West 2016-06-11)
Shrill is a gutsy, whip-smart and fierce demonstration of the importance and the cost of speaking out (Canberra Times, Sydney Morning Herald, The Saturday Age 2016-06-18)
Fun and feisty (Fabulous)
She reveals the obstacles she has encountered in challenging the status quo. (City Messenger 2016-08-24)
A laugh-out-loud feminist memoir from one of the boldest new voices online.See all Product description
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I too am a fat, funny, feminist woman. I happen to be American, but I've lived more of my life in the UK so I don't really think the shared geography enters into it. I would not write in the same tone as Lindy uses, because it's her own voice, but how she says what she says matters much less to me than the content. Starting with a chapter on menstruation may well be off-putting for lot of readers, and yes, West is vulgar in many of her descriptions. But for me the book just got better and better.
I'm not keen on the word "Shrill", especially its gender connotations (has a man ever been described as shrill??) but I can see why Lindy has reclaimed it. She is strident, she will grate on people - because that's what happens when you point out truths that will be uncomfortable for many (a fact highlighted beautifully in the chapter where West discusses her employer's anti-fat stance). This is a book that I wish everyone would read, as West has so bravely laid bare her vulnerabilities in order to show people what it's like to live in a world where one is constantly judged.Read more ›
The most interesting chapter of the book for me was the one where she contacted one of the worst trolls directly and challenged him about why he was abusing her. A conversation followed in which they discussed the reasons for his behaviour. Although they weren't completely unexpected (overweight unattractive misogynist man abuses straight talking fat woman for being confident and outspoken) I thought she was so brave to approach him and tackle the issue head on. In a nutshell it's not an easy read - Lindy has very strong views and I found her outspoken nature quite unsettling at times - but it taught me a thing or two about how it really is to be very overweight and be treated like a pariah by some sections of society.
West doesn't just rant about the misogynists or the fat-shamers but actually, although she may argue she doesn't, attempts to understand them with a humanity that I'm not sure many of them deserve. (West is clearly a better person than I am.) She writes with an authentic and engaging voice; she's funny and brave. There were moments when reading Shrill that I got angry, not with West but with the internet and people, really.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A wonderful read which challenges the ridiculous notions of what it is to be a woman. V well written, funny, engaging and well argued.Published 7 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Liked it, doesn't bear reading over and over but Lindy West should be read and listened to.Published 2 months ago by MsJ
excellent deconstruction of how misogyny in society affects women daily. I thought that Lindy West came across as both clever and humane, showing up how women are silenced but... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mags the Reader
This is a great book for inspiring young women, making older women nod along & for letting men & boys know what it can be like to be a woman, especially a fat one. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tanya Jones
An extraordinary coming of age story about Lindy's experiences growing up in a world where non-conformity is difficult. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ms. Linda H. Ryley
It took me a while to get into this book. I found West's writing style quite difficult to keep up with. Read morePublished 6 months ago by L. Hardt
I probably give this book 3.5 stars. Linda West writes very well - she is thoughtful and funny and is covering some important points about misogyny and the fat shaming culture in... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Purpleheart
Dealing with; rape jokes and rape culture, abortion, online harassment and meeting the troll who set up a Twitter account using her dead father's name, finding her voice and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Paula | Cornflakegirl's Musings
Some interesting observations, but a lot of ideas that only live inside the writer's own head. I don't personally find her as funny as she says she is, and the internet-blog... Read morePublished 8 months ago by M. Howland