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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (1 Jan. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147221014X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472210142
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I laughed, I cried, I winced, I whooped, I ran out and bought it for all my single friends. A fantastic writer. (India Knight)

Eye-poppingly truthful and unexpectedly touching, this is the Bridget Jones reboot we were after. (Alexandra Heminsley Elle)

The Wrong Knickers is brilliantly funny, brilliantly honest, deliciously indiscreet and, at times, incredibly moving. It's the most truthful, evocative and hilarious account of what it is to be a twenty something girl in Britain that I've read in a very long time. (Polly Vernon)

Bryony Gordon is a very bad girl - and an even better writer. (Camilla Long)

Absurdly good (Grazia)

Anyone who has got halfway through their 20s to realise that adulthood isn't all they'd hoped will read this memoir of a misspent youth howling with recognition and helpless laughter. (Elle)

Any book that sees the protagonist exclaim the line, "Beyoncé is an essence, not a human being" is literary gold as far as we're concerned... This book definitely needs a disclaimer - if you read it in public, you will definitely get some funny looks for guffawing quite a lot. (Heat)

If you want a real page-turner that will have you laughing out loud, then this is the book for you. (Bella Magazine)

Heart-and-snot-on-sleeve honest, The Wrong Knickers is the real Bridget in all her hopeless glory. (The Telegraph)

Candid and touching (The Independent)

The book is the equivalent of Bridget Jones, Carrie Bradshaw and Hannah Horvath exchanging slightly guarded handshakes, then realising they've all slept with the same terrible men...dark, funny, [and] honest (Barbara Ellen The Observer)

A memoir of one woman's Twenties that will make you laugh until you cry at some embarrassing sex stories, then throw your head into your hands about a crisis of personal finance (Emerald Street)

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The real Bridget Jones.

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I'm only a few years older than Bryony Gordon but this memoir of life as a 20-something London woman is both familiar and yet oddly discordant. The grotty flat-shares and exorbitant rents still stick in my mind, along with the parties and the relentless socialising - but, luckily, my friends and I were never so lacking in self-esteem that we descended to some of Gordon's depths.

This is being billed as a 'hilarious' real-life Bridget Jones - but the story told here is actually far sadder than that: completely dependent on other people's validation, Gordon sleeps with inappropriate men she doesn't even like, gets drawn into excessive drinking and drugs to suit someone else's idea of cool, and is so irresponsible with money that she is chased by bailiffs, and walks around with a Mulberry bag while existing off tortilla chips.

Amazingly, despite this, Gordon is a hugely sympathetic narrator mainly because of her self-deprecating and wryly savage assessments of her own younger self. I was hugely relieved for her that she's now settled down with a husband and child living the Clapham comfortable middle-class life which is all she's ever wanted.

So I found this more sad than hilarious that in the 21st century a young woman can still allow herself to be controlled by culturally-endorsed models: either the crazy party girl about town, or the Clapham-dwelling yummy mummy. Gordon writes with a mordant wit and is nicely non-judgmental, but I closed the book not completely sure that she has ever learned to love herself.
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Review: wow I really enjoyed this book. I love a bit of non-fiction every now and then and this book was so true and so funny that I sailed through it in absolutely no time at all. I think I came to this book at a silty subjective angle since I now have 5 months left of my twenties and am about to move into my thirties therefore I am taking a look back at this decade too but this book gave me a kind of hope that we all go through this time and we all make stupid mistakes in our twenties but that they all teach us something in the long run.

This book is written from the first person and so you feel the whole way through this book that Bryony is chatting to you over a bottle of wine and some Kettle chips and just recounting to you things she has done. She compares the time she was the only single one at a dinner party to the time you were the only single one at a dinner party. You chat about the horror of trying to find a flat to rent on your own, especially one within an easy commut to work and how it would be so much easier if you were part of a couple. The horror of discovering that the party you decided to spontaneously host was really the worst idea you have ever had, and each anecdote becomes more and more hilarious.

This woman Is seriously braver that most of us though because she really does lay it all out there for you to see. The drinking, the mistakes, the break ups and all the feelings that go with that. She tells you about her parents reaction when she decided to drop out of uni and her own feelings when she discovers the affair she was having wasn't quite what it turned out to be.

If you fancy some laughs and a few home truths then you need to be picking up this book now.
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I love Bryonny in the Telegraph , her column in Stella is the first thing that I read and her articles in the main paper are interesting, funny and very readable, BUT I found that this book just seemed to "babble on " about nothing very much, seemed to be only one topic that was reinvented in a few different ways. Perhaps I am more in tune with the Bryonny in small doses. Sorry Bryonny , you are, for me, one of the best features journalists but I found the book boring and almost smug, after the first few chapters.
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Dreadful cover, and an "Oh, Bridget!" title do this thoughtful, emotional and hilarious memoir a disservice. Less wacky than Gordon's columns can tend to be, this is an unflinchingly unselfpitying look at your 20s, when you don't know enough not to believe everything you're told, and are too poor or pissed to do anything about it. I cried at the end, laughed all the way through, and thanked God my 20s are done with.
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Bryony Gordon's account of a 'decade of chaos' - her misspent twenties - might as well be sub-titled 'a wasted decade.' Despite the fact that Gordon pursued a successful career in journalism throughout these years - although she frequently denigrates her own work as 'writing about Kate Middleton's frocks' - that isn't what she chooses to focus on in her autobiography. Instead, she tells a story about her dabblings with cocaine, her persistent poor eating and excessive drinking, her utterly irresponsible attitude to money and her sheer selfishness that was almost enough to have me raving on about the 'youth of today' and buying a copy of the Telegraph, despite the fact I'm only 27 myself. (Perhaps it's a clever marketing ploy to attract younger readers to the paper?) Gordon's columns demonstrate she's clearly a talented and readable writer, but The Wrong Knickers - despite possessing the same readability - is not a strong demonstration of her talent. But where exactly does this memoir go wrong?

First and foremost, The Wrong Knickers simply isn't as funny as it wants to be. Although there are some genuinely humorous moments, I got the sense that Gordon was often trying too hard; for example, in lengthy anecdotes such as the eponymous story of the 'wrong knickers' where the payoff isn't worth the effort. Much of the material also feels extremely familiar; Bryony's rants about the extortionate cost of hen dos and weddings are hardly original. However, my problems with The Wrong Knickers went beyond the humour. I loved the Bridget Jones novels and have no problem reading about a young woman with a somewhat ridiculous approach to life, so it took me some time to work out why I disliked this reiteration of the Bridget formula so much.
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