Thursday, 22 November 2012

Is It Just Me? by Miranda Hart

Are you sitting comfortably? Do you have a couple of biscuits at hand and a mug of tea? Okay then, My Dear Reader Chum (as Miranda Hart would say), let’s talk about Is It Just Me?

If you are unfamiliar with Miranda Hart and haven’t watched her series on the BBC then you are, in my opinion, missing out. If you’re not a telly fan then not to fear, as she has now released her own book! For all of you fans and for the people blissfully unaware of the comical genius that is Miranda I will proceed to tell you all about it…

As those who have watched her series will know, Miranda’s life is not without mishaps. She says herself that ‘life does have a tendency to throw up difficulties’ and is it just me or is she right? Who hasn't had an awful date or really embarrassed themselves at a family reunion? By writing what she likes to call her ‘Miran-ual’ Miranda tells tales of pure embarrassment that will make you cringe and have you in stitches at the same time, while trying to ascertain whether it is just her in the world who manages to find herself in awkward situations at least once a day.

If you have watched the series then you will know that every episode includes conversations with us, her chums, and her book is no exception. It draws you into her world, making you laugh at not just her mishaps but also your own. A great book to have around if you've had a bad day at the office or, just an example, if you walked around for an hour today with your skirt tucked into your knickers and nobody had the common decency to tell you (certainly didn't happen to me… Yes it did). Most of the book is created from imagined conversations with Miranda’s 18 year old self, who chimes in at the most inopportune calling her older self a looser because she’s not yet Prime Minister. She has got to the nub (great word, nub) of life as who wouldn't want to go back in time and tell their former self that life isn't going to be exactly what you think… In fact, it is going to be even better!

I suggest you gallop off to your nearest book store right now and buy a copy of Miranda Hart’s Is It Just Me? as you are guaranteed plenty of laughs.

Georgia Fish

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