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Shrill

Shrill

‘Women are told, from birth, that it’s our job to be small: physically small, small in our presence, and small in our impact on the world. We’re supposed to spend our lives passive, quiet and hungry. I want to obliterate that expectation…’

Guardian columnist Lindy West wasn’t always loud. It’s difficult to believe she was once a nerdy, overweight teen who wanted nothing more than to be invisible. Fortunately for women everywhere, along the road she found her voice – and how she found it! That cripplingly shy girl who refused to make a sound, somehow grew up to be one of the loudest, shrillest, most fearless feminazis on the internet, making a living standing up for what’s right instead of what’s cool.

In Shrill, Lindy recounts how she went from being the butt of people’s jokes, to telling her own brand of jokes – ones that carry with them with a serious message and aren’t at someone else’s expense. She reveals the obstacles and stereotyping she’s had to overcome to make herself heard, in a society that doesn’t think women (especially fat women and feminists) are or can be funny.

She also tackles some of the most burning issues of popular culture today, taking a frank and provocative look at racism, oppression, fat-shaming, twitter-trolling and even rape culture, unpicking the bullshit and calling out unpalatable truths with conviction, intelligence and a large dose of her trademark black humour.

‘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

Genre: Biography & True Stories / Memoirs

On Sale: 19th May 2016

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781784295554

Reviews

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
Observer
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
It's very very funny... it was a really enjoyable memoir but very disquieting too.
Nine to Noon, Radio NZ
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
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
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
She reveals the obstacles she has encountered in challenging the status quo.
City Messenger
A warm, capacious and funny writer
Guardian
it is a powerful and frequently furious declaration of West's right to exist and be heard
i
This important, brutally honest book makes for a hilarious read
Buzzfeed
Brilliant and brave
Sunday Independent
A call-to-arms for any woman who feels like she can't find her voice
Red
The new feminist bible
Stylist
Standout . . . screamingly funny
The Pool
Fun and feisty
Fabulous