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Strong Female Character

by Fern Brady - £10.99  Octopus Publishing Group (2024)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781914240478 | ISBN 10: 1914240472

WINNER, NON FICTION BOOK 2023, BOOKS ARE MY BAG AWARDS
SHORTLISTED BOOKSHOP.ORG INDIE CHAMPAIONS
AMAZON NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST
GOODREADS CHOICE BOOK OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
 
‘An absolute riot. I’m literally going to read it again once I’ve finished, and I’m a miserable bastard…it’s a belter’ – FRANKIE BOYLE
 
‘A set text for all of us in 2023’ – DEBORAH FRANCES-WHITE
 
A summary of my book:
 
1. I’m diagnosed with autism 20 years after telling a doctor I had it.
 
2. My terrible Catholic childhood: I hate my parents etc.
 
3. My friendship with an elderly man who runs the corner shop and is definitely not trying to groom me. I get groomed.
 
4. Homelessness.
 
5. Stripping.
 
6. More stripping but with more nervous breakdowns.
 
7. I hate everyone at uni and live with a psycho etc.
 
8. REDACTED as too spicy.
 
9. After everyone tells me I don’t look autistic, I try to cure my autism and get addicted to Xanax.
 
10. REDACTED as too embarrassing.
 
‘Fern’s book, like everything she does, is awesome. Incredibly funny, and so unapologetically frank that I feel genuinely sorry for her lawyers.’ – PHIL WANG
 
‘Of course it’s funny – it’s Fern Brady – but this book is also deeply moving and eye-opening’ – ADAM KAY
 
‘It made me laugh out loud and broke my heart and made me weep…I hope absolutely everyone reads this, and it makes them kinder and more curious about the way we all live’ – DAISY BUCHANAN
 
‘Glorious. Frank but nuanced, a memoir that doesn’t sacrifice voice or self-awareness. And it has brilliant things to say about being autistic and being funny’ – ELLE MCNICOLL
 
Strong Female Character is a testament to the importance of self-knowledge.’ – Rachael Healy, The Guardian
 
‘Fern is a brilliant, beautiful writer with a unique voice and even more unique story. Astute, honest and very, very funny.’ – LOU SANDERS
 
‘So funny and brilliant’ – HOLLY SMALE
 
‘Witty, dry, and gimlet-eyed, Strong Female Character is a necessary corrective. Brady offers a compelling, messy, highly resonant portrait of what masked Autism feels like.’ – Devon Price, author of Unmasking Autism

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