Me You ~ A Diary
We were a little late to the party with this book by the inimitable Dawn French, as it is, in fact, a diary. As writers, we’ve bought diaries with ‘prompts’ before, little stimuli to get the creative juices flowing. But none of those can hold a candle to this diary. This delicious novella is interspersed with titbits to tickle your fancy; non-sickly, but hugely entertaining positivity to help you love yourself and your body. The book takes you on a journey where you feel as though you are sharing a diary with your BFF, taking it in turns to fill out who your celebrity crush is, good questions to ask and answer. You are invited to add photos and circle pictures to highlight ‘parts of your body you love’. This diary will become something to be treasured. One day when you are grey and old you can whip this out and show the young folks that you shared a year of your life with Dawn French. I suggest you buy one every year, for the rest of your life. It says on the back, ‘Come on in, the paper is lovely…’, and it is, and it smells damn good too.
A Rubber Face With A Stripper’s Name
Pepper and Magnus were born into a flat in Richmond, London, a long way from Katja’s native Denmark, to a mother stretched to breaking point. Kat’s flower shop, a business she’d raised from the ground herself, was about to meet the 2008 recession head-on. Her relationship with her children’s father, the charming but roguish Casper, was in tatters. With bill after bill piling up on the doormat, it was all Kat could do to resist collapsing in front of the TV with a bottle of wine.
But there’s always light at the end of the tunnel. With new relationships beckoning, her beloved parents to lean on, and two great kids to hold close, Kat pulls herself up again and again to face another day. Family, she knows, is worth fighting for.
A Rubber Face With A Stripper’s Name is the hilarious, moving, and affirming memoir of a woman thrust suddenly into motherhood. On the winding road to a better life, Kat finds that the only way to survive and thrive is to be kind to yourself; believe in yourself; love yourself. A treat for parents and grown-up children alike, A Rubber Face With A Stripper’s Name knows that when life gives you lemons, you bloody well use them.