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Strong Female Character

On sale

16th February 2023

Price: £16.99

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Selected: Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781914240447

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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

‘I tore through this hilarious, smart, sad, revealing book’
– Bob Odenkirk

‘Funny, sharp and has incredible clarity’ – Jon Ronson

‘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

‘Strong Female Character is a testament to the importance of self-knowledge.’ – Rachael Healy, The Guardian

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

‘A set text for all of us in 2023’ – DEBORAH FRANCES-WHITE

‘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

Reviews

ADAM KAY
Of course it's funny - it's Fern Brady - but this book is also deeply moving and eye-opening
DAISY BUCHANAN
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
ELLE MCNICOLL
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
LOU SANDERS
Fern is a brilliant, beautiful writer with a unique voice and even more unique story. Astute, honest and very, very funny.
HOLLY SMALE
So funny and brilliant
FRANKIE BOYLE
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
DEBORAH FRANCES-WHITE
Fern Brady's book is alive in your hands. Brave doesn't cover it and I'm not sure what will. Fizzing with intelligence, it will hit you in the heart, lungs and liver. You'll laugh, cry, be still and if you're not autistic - by god you'll learn. If you are autistic you'll be seen, heard, held, rocked and loved here. A set text for all of us in 2023
RACHAEL HEALY, The Guardian
Strong Female Character is a testament to the importance of self-knowledge. Fern Brady is a natural and engaging writer, weaving bleak episodes with moments of pure comedy as she re-appraises crucial moments in her life through the lens of her autism diagnosis. Brutal honesty and a talent for storytelling combine to make an insightful memoir that's not only very funny, but will no doubt provide invaluable moments of recognition for many readers.
Devon Price, author of Unmasking Autism
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
The List
This Bathgate girl has more jaw-dropping tales to share than your average comedian-cum-author could hope to harvest in a lifetime. Perhaps more of us ought to grapple with our own mortality if it births something so bold as Strong Female Character.
Chortle
Strong Female Character will reassure fellow autistic folk that they are not alone
Scotland on Sunday
Shocking and incredibly moving - and it will make you laugh at subjects that you didn't think you possibly could
Marianne Power, The Times
A brutal, funny and heartbreaking memoir. The pace is brisk and her deadpan humour makes the darkest material hilariously funny.
Sarah Atkinson, CEO Social Mobility Foundation, HR Magazine
Brilliant!
Kirsty McLuckie, i Paper
This very personal account of bullying, stripping, homelessness and stand-up is shocking and incredibly moving - and will make you laugh at subjects that you didn't realise could be funny.
Helen Brown, The Telegraph
[Brady] brings unsparing wit to a memoir that calls out the bulls--t in every culture she's experienced.
The Herald
Strong Female Character is a clear-eyed, deeply sane account of an at times tumultuous life; a life shaped by class and gender, but mostly, it's now clear to her, by her autism.