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 nEnter 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.
Public Confessions of a Middle Aged Woman 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
Sue Townsend is the funniest author I know and I enjoy being made allowed to laugh aloud occasionally, so I m now steadily making my way through all her books.This book is a collection of Sue s articles from her monthly column for Sainsbury s Magazine At first, I was a bit disappointed by these articles since they seemed a bit short and lacking in substance But soon I was totally addicted as with her other books.As a child, I read in one of my father s Somerset Maugham books that the easiest way [...]
Hach jaaaaa Wieder ein Buch an das ich mich lange Zeit nicht rangetraut habe und ich k nnte mir in den Allerwertesten bei en Die Kolumnen um die es in diesem Buch geht sind wohl wirklich wahr oder zumindest im Kern Sue Townsend hat sie geschrieben und es ist wohl auch aus sehr pers nlicher Sicht Mich hat es sehr Unterhalten und nachdenklich gemacht Die Frau ist in diesem Buch im Alter zwischen Mitte 40 und Mitte 50 und hat oft dieselben Gedankeng nge wie ich mit 26 Dies hat mir gezeigt, dass jed [...]
First up I need to say that I had never heard of Sue Townsend or any of her work This book is very British and also a little dated now This book was a greatest hits of articles she had written for a magazine newspaper I did not like the humorous stories but that was probably because there were too many references to places event situations that I am unaware of Also, as previously stated the book is now 16 years old I did however, really enjoy her serious articles and her reflection on life In pa [...]
I picked this up with the intention of just dipping in out of it between other reads or for carrying around when my current read was too big but once I started it I just sniggered my way straight through it My first thoughts were that I d make a note of anything I particularly related too or found very amusing I soon gave up on that idea as I realised that covered the majority of the book Maybe it s an age thing as much as I hate the idea I guess, yes I am middle aged or maybe this type of humou [...]
The canvas of this book seemed a little ragged for my liking I am fully aware that this is a collection of short articles, but not too many of them turned out memorable or even a bit funny Some seemed made out of thin air, and in some the author tells the reader directly that she had run out of ideas for her column and that s why she will just speak about whatever she sees that day And I was surprised by the controversy of some of the facts it made me feel somewhat fooled at times However there [...]
DNF at 50%This is a collection of columns Sue Townsend write for a supermarket magazine If I d read the columns once a month or every now and again, they d be mildly entertaining Unfortunately they don t work as a book ST had to write the columns three months in advance so there s nothing topical in the content It all feels very superficial and, after a while, they become very repetitive It s a shame because in her fiction, she is very good at observations and subtle humour, but that is missing [...]
On the one hand, it was interesting to catch glimpses of what it was like to be Sue Townsend of her life and struggles with impending blindness On the other, some of these snippets were rambling and seemed to have been thrown together simply to fill column inches which was, of course, their original purpose.It s a dip in, dip out kinda book, and it s easy to skip through the ones you don t find interesting.
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Love her writing, even in short essays as here I had no idea how ill she became she bore it so bravely Made me long to read a whole Sue Townsend novel again
After being chatted up over a splendid meal by British culinary queen, Delia Smith who, at the time was the official spokescook of supermarket giant Sainsbury s, Sue Townsends agreed to write a regular column of about 800 words in their new magazine The Magazine If like me, you weren t shopping in Sainsbury s ten to fifteen years ago, you can still catch all Sue s witty, frank and often poignant musings right here in this book The Public Confessions of a Middle aged Woman is a bulging collection [...]
Although I have some of the Adrian Mole books already, I still have not yet read them because it is not yet complete So this is really the first time I ve read Sue Townsend Now I m itching to start on the Mole diaries, because I like Ms Townsend s writing style Apparently this is a collection of her columns There was not one I didn t like or chuckled over She may be labelled as a comic writer, but the ones that stand out for me were a few of the later columns essays here, the ones about kids in [...]
This is a great collection of contributions to Sainsbury the supermarket Magazine from around 1993 to 2002 They make entertaining, thought provoking and very funny reading This is an author who loves life and laughs at it including her own serious health issues Her writing is sharp, perceptive and, at the same time, kind a wonderful gift Many readers will be familiar with her Adrian Mole series I did not realise, though, that she is also a successful screen writer I would love to know her person [...]
Ms Townsend is English and she has that dry humor 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
Series of articles, here as a ring When I first started to read this, I was reading it as I would a novel and was not really enjoying it Then I realized I should read it the way I read magazines in bits and pieces, and started enjoying this very much I was moved by the sections about her becoming partially sighted and couldn t help thinking of a fellow bookcrosser who is currently having major problems with his eyesight One of my favorite bits was the piece about November maybe because I live in [...]
The title is unfortunate and the cover truly regrettable but this book was such a pleasure Little teensy essays published in some magazine or paper in England, I don t know, all with a very spry, homey tone I am bringing it to Florida and giving it to my mother, with the caveat that I have removed and destroyed the cover shameful and that some of the essays are poor and should have been edited out By and large exactly what I wanted to be reading these past few uproariously emotional days Le sigh [...]
A collection of her columns She can write e is very funny at times,slightly funny at times and hilarious at times I loved reading this book 3 stars only because it is not engaging all the time 3.5 but I cannot seem to record 3.5 on this star scaleIn rpenters on the rune writes about them the whole time and ends up saying.r u scared I will use u as material for my columns, do not worry, I will not.Ok not sound that funny on its own But as part of the whole column, that made me laugh.
Please see my detailed review at Grace s Public Confessions Review Please click that the review was helpful to you at so that my rating continues to climb These essays are exactly the type of writing that I love to do short, humorous pieces about the amusements and frustrations of daily life I don t do them as well as Ms Townsend does, but I ll keep working at it Luckily I have her for inspiration and laughs along the way.
I enjoyed the Sue Townsend section ofTrue Confessions , and so when I found out she published a book of her essays, I went straight to the library to check it out While they are all rather short they were written forSainsbury smagazine that is, to me, a good thing if you get bored, you re never than two or three pages away from the next essay I especially enjoyed her witty and kind prose, especially as she was actually beginning to go blind as she wrote it I know books aren t people, but if thi [...]
This book contains a series of 800 word magazine essays, originally printed monthly over the course of about seven years time Sue Townsend author of The Queen and I covers a wide variety of topics ranging from homespun to topical, and from amusing to somewhat heartbreaking Although they range widely in entertainment value, Ms Townsend s writing is consistently strong and her personality shines through.
Good concept and consistently very funny, even it it reads like first rough draft Lots of issues which could have been fixed on a rewrite such as the central characters who start redeemable only to end up on a journey to unlovable, loose ends than a mop and a rushed end Maybe Sue couldn t boring it all to a climax any , but it was still a nice ride and put a smile on my face Two and a half stars.
This book is a collection of the monthly articles written by the author for the Sainsburys Magazine full of witty and ascerbic observations on all aspects of life, from writer s block to handymen, from Spanish restaurants that serve no Spanish food to some now poignant comments on her health problems 8 10.
I found this collection a light hearted relief to everyday life I laughed out loud and thought deeply with the different themes Although I am not middle aged, I did relate too her thinking I am sad to hear that Sue recently passed away and going by this book, I shall continue to read of her books.
Sue Townsend is infinitely likeable than her Adrian Mole character and I enjoyed her wry observations I m writing a book right now and is always a blessed relief when I read about real writers and their struggles with deadlines.She comes across as eminently likeable and funny Recommend.
This was a really enjoyable collection Townsend muses on many topics travel, writing, food, vodka, family, shopping, politics and many others Her writing style is so personal and engaging I read this from cover to cover, however I think it would be a great book to have in the smallest room Or to pick up while reading something demanding for a bit of light relief.
This book was a series of short articles written for a news magazine Good for when you only have the time to read about 2 pages at a time It was interesting to get to know the author of the Adrian Mole books a little better, although sad to learn about her gradual loss of vision as a complication of diabetes.
Funny as hell, like all Sue Townsend s stuff Quite a few previous reviewers stated they liked some, and disliked others I actually liked all of them and found them all to be amusing and sympathetic Sue Townsend has the amazing ability to make you laugh out loud on one page and get all tearful on the next My particular favourite was a modern update of Janet and John Back To Basics.
I started this months ago and tired of it very quickly not the kind of book to read from start to finish in one sitting but rather something to have by your bedside when you want a short, funny, anecdotal something to read.
A collection of short pieces originally written for a supermarket magazine Droll and occasionally thought provoking, and with a sad but unselfpitying undercurrent as Susan s health, and her eyesight in particular, gradually fail her Perfect bedtime reading as each short piece is self contained.
This one has been on the bookshelf for ages I ve been reading the monthly column extracts for a few days a few at a time Some are quite amusing but not a book I would pick up and read the whole way through in one sitting.
Entertaining and well written newspaper columns A selection Varied Mostly very enjoyable, some serious too I love anything Sue Townsend writes except for the woman who went to bed for a year I enjoy how she builds her jokes.