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'Women are told, from birth, that it's our job to be small: physically small, small in our presence, and small in our impact on the world. We're supposed to spend our lives passive, quiet and hungry. I want to obliterate that expectation....'

Guardian columnist Lindy West wasn't always loud. It's difficult to believe she was once a nerdy, overweight teen who wanted nothing more than to be invisible. Fortunately for women everywhere, along the road she found her voice - and how she found it!

That cripplingly shy girl who refused to make a sound somehow grew up to be one of the loudest, shrillest, most fearless feminazis on the Internet, making a living standing up for what's right instead of what's cool.

In Shrill, Lindy recounts how she went from being the butt of people's jokes to telling her own brand of jokes - ones that carry with them serious messages and aren't at someone else's expense. She reveals the obstacles and stereotyping she's had to overcome to make herself heard in a society that doesn't think women (especially fat women and feminists) are or can be funny.

She also tackles some of the most burning issues of popular culture today, taking a frank and provocative look at racism, oppression, fat shaming, Twitter trolling and even rape culture, unpicking the bullshit and calling out unpalatable truths with conviction, intelligence and a large dose of her trademark black humour.

'Lindy West is an essential (and hilarious) voice for women. Her talent and bravery have made the Internet a place I actually want to be.' (Lena Dunham)

©2016 Lindy West (P)2016 Hachette Audio

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  • Noel Edmunds
  • 29-05-16

I wish she was my real life friend.

Engaging, enraging, funny and thought provoking. Lindy West feels like a friend, an ally and a hero for women everywhere.

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  • Mrs. Lindsay P. Tonner
  • 22-04-20

yas queen

This is another book of essays/memoir in the same vein as Nora Ephron’s ‘I Feel Bad About My Neck’ and Samantha Irby’s ‘Wow, No Thank You.’ I knew there was a TV show but hadn’t realised this is where it had come from.
Lindy is a funny woman. She knows comedy. She is a feminist, proud, unapologetic and knowledgeable. She is honest, open and true to herself. She is an inspiration. I will not say she is larger than life or inspiring because of her size because that seems trite and irrelevant, although I do believe that knowing her self-worth and expressing this, will encourage a multitude of women to re-evaluate how they see themselves and learn to embrace and love themselves.
Lindy is just straight up amazing and I loved her book. However, I will say that it started off super funny and got more serious as it went on. It was funny, moving, relateable, touching, painful, and beautiful. I loved it.

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  • David
  • 14-11-16

Warm, funny enlightening

This is a fantastic audiobook. Lindy Wear delivers a fine performance that reminds me why author-narrated audiobooks are always my favourite. This book is enlightening and hilarious! Very highly recommended!

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  • Emily M.
  • 05-09-16

Knowledge and empathy

Where does Shrill rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Shrill is in the very top percentile of all the books I've listened to. It's enlightening. If you'd like to delve into the mind of someone else for a while, make that Lindy's mind.

What did you like best about this story?

I have learned SO MUCH about people from listening to Lindy's book. A book of personal experiences that are packed with self-awareness and curiosity. It reminded me to bring more kindness into my life.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Although life is about SO MUCH MORE than your weight, people will remind you of it constantly.

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  • Hoots_Hut
  • 15-08-16

Can we be friends?

I am so blown away by the telling of her life in such an honest way. With all its upsets and vulnerabilities. I sobbed and cried for the last 3chapters. I laughed until tears came in the first few lighter chapters. Over two days Lindy traveled with me to and from work. I feel like I know her now. You are an inspiration and I can't wait to sit with my fellow feminist friends next week for our monthly book club meeting and discuss your book. ❤️ best wishes

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  • cerebralpig
  • 22-07-16

Honest and funny

A combination of memoir and thoughts on feminism, comedy, being fat in a thin world and fighting trolls on the Internet.

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  • Ann D
  • 11-06-16

Politics of people and bodies!

If you could sum up Shrill in three words, what would they be?

Fabulous, Feminist, Fierce!

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This is an excellent exposé of the cultural oppression of people, men as well as women, who don't fit society's expressed norms. The fact that those norms are not really norms at at all, says it all (e.g. 95% of women cannot by definition be abnormal)! Lindy also explores the issues around internet trolls. Highly recommended.

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  • Linda
  • 28-08-17

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Dead boring, I just could not get into it.
I could not relate to anything Lindy talked about, I just had the feeling that this book was a constant moan from Lindy. I hear where she was coming from but again I got bored very quickly.

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  • wondering
  • 01-05-21

Couldn't even get past 1st chapter

It's like this lady has issues with everything, don't even know what she's going on about at this point. Wish I could return but says option not available because I returned couple other useless books like this

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-02-21

Brilliant

Lindy West is a brilliant, hilarious, piercing, and brave writer, and this book is the same. She is insightful and moving in her description and narration, and I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

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  • Valerie
  • 06-10-16

Compelling

A delightful, compelling and continually enthralling book. Lindy is articulate, irreverent and excellent at composing arguments which support her ideas. I learned a lot about what it's like to be growing up and being in the public eye as a woman in this digital age. Highly recommended, and I will definitely listen to it again. I was already suggesting it to others before I'd even finished it, and I'd like my teenage daughter to read it, too.

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  • FriesB4Guys
  • 18-04-17

Beautiful, entertaining, poignant and lots of lol

Thanks Lindy for this book and all the activism you do for women. Your book is intelligent, eloquent and funny, just like you. I feel so happy (and smarter) after reading/listening to you read it. And very thankful that amazing people like you are challenging the bs and striving for change so the world is a safer place.

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  • Julie McMahon
  • 09-04-21

Thank you Lindy!

Thank you for normalising the female body in all its glorious imperfections, and for reminding me that it’s ok to be just as I am. That I don’t owe anyone an explanation for me. I highly recommend this to any person, man and woman.

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  • ELIZABETH
  • 25-02-21

Tub thumping but fun

Starts off as a kind of self-help text for fat teenage girls but stick with it even if you don't fit the bill. There is plenty to think about in this entertaining account of West's life so far. She rather overdoes the crusading but the causes are all worthy and she has a sharp sense of humour and is clear sighted even if the vision is sometimes a little one-eyed. Gains immeasurably by being narrated by the author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-09-20

brilliant

really great moments that are super validating as a woman struggling with body image. hilarious in all the right places ❤

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  • anna
  • 06-02-20

A new perspective

Super grateful for Lindy West’s lol funny, clever, poignant and so deeply thoughtful. Opened my eyes to prejudices I didn’t realise I held so tightly and thanks to her humanity, compassion and honesty I was able to have a perspective shift.
Powerful.
Thank you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-05-19

Best book this year for me hands down

Lindy West is my new hero - no matter what size you are if you are female in western culture you must read this book. I particularly loved listening to it as Lindy is the narrator so it added extra authenticity and power.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-01-19

loved it !!!

loved every minute, some great laughs and more than a few learning curves, would definitely read again

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  • Lula Dembele
  • 27-10-18

A mind opening listen, even for the already aware

Lindy West's experiences, observations and insights are brilliantly delivered in her own voice, exposing my brain to new ways of looking at issues that I already spend a lot of time thinking on. That is a significant and meaningful gift. Thank you Lindy West.

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  • Georgina Bathgate
  • 27-05-18

Amazing

Great read!! Lindy west recounts events that have shaped her life. She’s funny and speaks truth! Go girl! Deadly read!