Brilliant Book Titles #41

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

‘Reading it is an intense experience – much sadder and more beautiful than I was expecting … a ballsy paean to self-determination and body confidence … McSharry’s style is a pleasure: precise, colloquial, tightly paced. She’s nailed the elusive directness central to the work of essayists like Lena Dunham. If you read one heart-breaking yet bouncy true-life memoir this summer, make sure it’s this one.’ Sunday Times

‘An absolutely stunning piece of work … just a fantastic book’ Roisin Ingle

‘Hello there @louisemcsharry. Well, I LOVED your book and now I LOVE YOU TOO!!!!! You are INSPIRATIONAL!’ Marian Keyes on Twitter

‘Louise is heartbreakingly honest. A sharp, well-observed, and ultimately inspirational read. Every woman of every age should read this book.’ Louise O’Neill

‘Searingly honest … at times makes for heart-breaking reading but Louise is at her most inspiring talking about her journey towards fat acceptance’ Irish Daily Star

‘Louise’s life reads like a thriller – I had goose-bumps throughout! Brave, funny, emotional and totally relatable for women.’ Roz Purcell

‘Hugely enjoyable. So honest and insightful. I loved the positivity and the REALNESS! Will be amazing for young women to read.’ Una Mullaly

‘Both heart-warming and heart-breaking. Vividly raw and surprisingly visceral, Louise makes you feel every single bit.’ Angela Scanlon

‘Should be compulsory reading for all young people, male and female. Older readers will also be inspired by McSharry’s no-nonsense approach … Whether writing about sex, feminism, family or body acceptance, McSharry is compassionate, funny and wise’ Irish Times

‘A mighty woman, with cojones the size of Mexico and coolness in the face of adversity not seen since John Wayne’s heyday’ Irish Independent

‘She’s a straight shooter, honest and to the point’ The Herald

Louise McSharry’s passion is to talk to young women (and the men who love them), about being a woman in the modern world. Drawing on her own 33 years of life, she writes about everything from surviving a messed up childhood, to crashing out of education and still making it, to figuring out sex, weight, feminism, make-up, friendship, workplace politics and a whole lot more.

Though she has the raw material (the early death of her father and being taken into care at seven because of her mother’s alcoholism) the last thing Louise wanted do was to write a misery memoir. She wasn’t keen on writing a cancer survival story either (she went through treatment while planning her wedding … trying on white dresses while sweating and hairless – not a good look).

So, though it has its sad moments, Fat Chance is honest, upbeat, irreverent and inspirational – just like a long chat with a best friend. A fabulous, funny and wise best friend!