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Public Confessions Of A Middle Aged Woman [Paperback]

Sue Townsend
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April 29 2003
Enter the world of Susan Lilian Townsend - sun-worshippers, work-shy writers, garden-centre lovers and those in search of a good time all welcome. Over the last decade, Sue Townsend has written a monthly column for "Sainsbury's Magazine", which covers everything from hosepipe bans and Spanish restaurants to writer's block and the posh middle-aged woman she once met who'd never heard of Winnie-the-Pooh. Collected together now for the first time, they form a set of pieces from one of Britain's most popular and acclaimed writers that is funny, perceptive and touching.

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'Full of... hilarious asides on the absurdities of domestic existence...what a fantastic advertisement for middle-age - it can't be bad if it's this funny' Heat

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Sue Townsend, with THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 3/4 (1982) and THE GROWING PAINS OF ADRIAN MOLE (1984), was Britain's bestselling author of the 1980s. She is the author of seven other novels, including THE QUEEN AND I (1992), and her mostrecent novel, ADRIAN MOLE: THE CAPUCCINO YEARS, was published in 1999. She is also well known as a playwright. She lives in Leicester.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Witty and funny - British humour March 23 2004
Format:Paperback
This book has been my great travel companion during a recent trip. Although not a literary masterpiece (and does not intend to be one), it is witty, very funny and thought provoking (in the sense that some of Townsend's perception of life stays with you after you finished the book). This is really an assortment of short, 2.5 page long pieces (which appeared as monthly columns on the Sainsbury's Magazine), thus making it a perfect book for travel. The reader has to concentrate for a short while, is able to leave the book and come back later for another part (order is not very important).
And yet, although the pieces are not connected to each other, after a few chapters you feel as if you are reading (or talking to) a familiar person whose life, or rather his life philosophy you are beginning to share and enjoy.
Off course Susan Townsend has chosen what she would like to share with the reader and what to leave out. In fact she swears never to join these columnists who write about their "damned cats" (or family members), etc. only to break this rule time and again, to reader's full enjoyment. Ms. Townsend writes about her writing problems, travels, people she meets, domestic issues and writing problems again... Still, what she writes is close to heart as she always writes about her failures, fashion mistakes, health problems (is there anyone who cannot identify with back pain?), dreams of a better house.... Townsend is always intelligent, and you find yourself laughing out loud. The issues are varied, from a disturbing piece about the behavior of a British tourist during a Greek funeral to having no ideas for this month's column.
I think I liked this book because it was so down to earth, with a very un-assuming approach to living and to yourself.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Witty and funny - British humour March 23 2004
By Tsila Sofer Elguez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book has been my great travel companion during a recent trip. Although not a literary masterpiece (and does not intend to be one), it is witty, very funny and thought provoking (in the sense that some of Townsend's perception of life stays with you after you finished the book). This is really an assortment of short, 2.5 page long pieces (which appeared as monthly columns on the Sainsbury's Magazine), thus making it a perfect book for travel. The reader has to concentrate for a short while, is able to leave the book and come back later for another part (order is not very important).
And yet, although the pieces are not connected to each other, after a few chapters you feel as if you are reading (or talking to) a familiar person whose life, or rather his life philosophy you are beginning to share and enjoy.
Off course Susan Townsend has chosen what she would like to share with the reader and what to leave out. In fact she swears never to join these columnists who write about their "damned cats" (or family members), etc. only to break this rule time and again, to reader's full enjoyment. Ms. Townsend writes about her writing problems, travels, people she meets, domestic issues and writing problems again... Still, what she writes is close to heart as she always writes about her failures, fashion mistakes, health problems (is there anyone who cannot identify with back pain?), dreams of a better house.... Townsend is always intelligent, and you find yourself laughing out loud. The issues are varied, from a disturbing piece about the behavior of a British tourist during a Greek funeral to having no ideas for this month's column.
I think I liked this book because it was so down to earth, with a very un-assuming approach to living and to yourself.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtly Addictive July 7 2008
By Graceann Macleod - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Pick up this book of short essays (each being only about 800 words) and before you know it, 100 pages has gone by. Ranging from the hilarious (fending off a burglar using a biography of Tolstoy) to the heartbreaking (the treatment of the elderly in British hospitals), Sue Townsend manages to share tidbits from her very interesting life in small, easily digestible portions.

First written as a monthly column for Sainsbury's Magazine, these pieces are slice-of-life affairs. Sue's battles with her expanding waistline, her diminishing eyesight and the ticking clock are covered here in touching and very funny detail. I found this book impossible to put down, yet it would be relatively easy to dip in and out of on a long train journey or a flight. Not demanding, surely, but very satisfying; sort of like a natter with a good friend.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every woman's must read..... Aug. 29 2013
By Joanna Low - Published on Amazon.com
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If you ever approach middle-age, this will "help guide" you to a smoother ride... and if you are no where near middle-age know that yours will never be as good as Sue Townsend so you might as well enjoy it and make the most of it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Dry Humor -- Great read! May 17 2013
By DawnMHamsher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Ms. Townsend's English dry humor is what that I love. The book is a collection of her newspaper column stories. All are reflections on herself and her life. From her bad back to her problem with slugs, she makes mundane things funny. Each story is short, so its a great read for lunch breaks and waiting rooms.

The other thing I really enjoyed was her use of English slang words. She uses words like "larf", "gormless", and "groanies". It was lots of fun to figure out what the words meant. Fun read!
4.0 out of 5 stars meh June 2 2014
By streakyj - Published on Amazon.com
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jsut remember that 'hilarious' or anything like it in a review means a book is just amusing, like this one. it's a pretty good bedtime read since the essays were originally newspaper columns, so they're all short.
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