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Miranda Hart – Is It Just Me?


“I have written the only diet book that I believe needs to exist, and here it is: CHAPTER ONE: Eat a bit less. CHAPTER TWO: Move about a bit more. THE END.” 

Synopsis taken from GoodReads:

Well hello to you dear browser. Now I have your attention it would be rude if I didn’t tell you a little about my literary feast. So, here is the thing: is it just me or does anyone else find that adulthood offers no refuge from the unexpected horrors, peculiar lack of physical coordination and sometimes unexplained nudity, that accompanied childhood and adolescence?

Does everybody struggle with the hazards that accompany, say, sitting elegantly on a bar stool; using chopsticks; pretending to understand the bank crisis; pedicures – surely it’s plain wrong for a stranger to fondle your feet? Or is it just me?

I am proud to say I have a wealth of awkward experiences – from school days to life as an office temp – and here I offer my 18-year-old self (and I hope you too dear reader) some much needed caution and guidance on how to navigate life’s rocky path.

Because frankly where is the manual? The much needed manual to life. Well, fret not, for this is my attempt at one and let’s call it, because it’s fun, a Miran-ual. I thank you.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I love Miranda – I have watched all of her series and laughed uncontrollably at each and every episode.

The book is split into 18 chapters such as technology, music and dieting. All the way through she uses some of her well known phrases – addressing us all as ‘Dear Reader Chums’. I actually laughed out loud at some of Miranda’s thoughts and anecdotes.

This is a light-hearted read in which Miranda talks to her younger self  – ‘Little M’ – depicting life in a ‘then and now’ sort of manner. It gives you small snippets of her life and details many unfortunate social situations that she has found herself in – some of these had me cringing in my seat, how she survived them (and lived to tell the tale) I will never know! It is written in a chatty, informal way which made it a quick, easy read.

I would have liked to have learnt a little bit more about Miranda and at times the moral message of ‘Be yourself rather than what you’re supposed to be’ got a bit repetitive.


Source: Personal Copy     First Published: 11th Oct 2012

Pages: 336                            Score: 4 out of 5

‘A fantastic, light-hearted read for any Miranda fans out there! Enjoyable, but felt I wanted just a little bit more.’