‘JUST IMAGINE IF WE, THE NORMAL GIRLS, STOOD UNITED AS AN ENORMOUS, HYSTERICAL AND PROUD ARMY. WE WOULD BE UNSTOPPABLE.’
‘A fresh, modern take on feminism and life from one of the most compelling voices of her generation’ JANE MOORE
‘A stirring call to action’ KATIE SPICER
Written with gumption, fearlessness and sharp wit, Can I Speak to Someone in Charge? is a window into the ridiculous ideologies and the absurd expectations that shape the lives of modern women.
In a series of open letters, Emily Clarkson addresses all manner of subjects, from body hair to Facebook friends to the perils of wearing Lycra. She unpicks the validity of notions such as ‘the thigh gap’; questions the quotidian scrutiny by the media; ponders the etymology of the term ‘plus size’ and considers our unshakeable obsession with dieting, while wondering why some of us are still crying in changing rooms.
Full of vital life lessons, outrageous confessions and poignant reflections, Can I Speak to Someone in Charge? is a love letter to women everywhere; reminding us that being strong, being kind and being yourself is really what ‘normal’ should be.
‘Being asked to write a book was probably the best thing that’s happened to me – up until that point I was gravely concerned that my mum was the only person reading my blog. I hope this book will speak to a range of women, and men actually, I hope it will make people laugh, but more importantly I hope it will open people's eyes to the fact that we've got a lot to do if we want to make growing up in a good and kind world a possibility for our daughters.’ Emily Clarkson
To say that this book is great, doesn’t do it’s justice. Granted, I’m not the target audience being a 32 year old man which, should really put into perspective just how good this book actually is.
The concept of writing letters to different things and situations and also writing a letter to your younger self is a breath of fresh air. I can honestly say from the moment I picked it up to the moment I put it down there were laughs a plenty as well as some heartfelt sympathy with some of the situations Em has found herself in.
I have, since writing this review, also brought the Audio book which adds another angle of personality to the book, listening to the book as it is actually intended to be read by the author herself again I found it to be quite funny with the added bonus of a sarcastic approach to some negative situations and of course the positives.
This book is a great read (and listen) and you will do well to buy it. Believe me, you will not be disappointed.
Thanks Em for a great insight into being you and I hope that whoever is incharge paid attention, because I certainly did.