Friday, November 09, 2007

My Boyfriend is a Twat - out now!


When I was on a panel about citizen journalism at the WeMedia conference a while back, we got asked what our favourite blogs were by bloggers in the audience. (That conference was notable for the increasingly frosty atmosphere that developed between the mainstream media representatives and the bloggers/new media types as the hours went on. The dead tree lot came over as either dismissive, paranoid or parasitical about bloggers, the pajama drama lot chippy and resentful about being leached for content then dumped and patronised as mouthy amateurs.It was all a bit tense, quite honestly.)

Anyway, Helen Boaden, the Director of BBC News said the BBC's Nick Robinson and the BBC's Newsnight blog, and erm, mine, as I was sitting next to her and we had bonded earlier about having exactly the same handbag. (I don't think she reads blogs much, she wasn't very keen on them). George Brock, editor of the Saturday Times, and Andrew Hawken of MSN.com also came up with a selection of industry types and professional journalists, whilst I mentioned Chicken Yogurt, Europhobia, Blairwatch, Bloggerheads, Iain Dale, Guido and Tim Worstall and a whole load more people whom you can see linked in the sidebar on this blog.

George from the Times then suddenly realised that the professional journalists were getting a few glares and mutterings from the audience because they only mentioned other journalists' blogs.

'Oh yes!', he piped up. 'I also read My Boyfriend is a Twat!'
The hostile atmosphere lightened momentarily as a few 'aahs' of recognition and laughter ran round the room. For a moment old media and new media felt united in a warm glow of hope for the future: we all love the Twat blog. There is hope then. We can live and work together as one.

Such is the healing power of My Boyfriend is a Twat.

Happily, now Zoe's award-winning blog is out in the form of a book, so now even those who don't manage to keep up with blogs much can share the joy.

Zoe's book is now available to buy on amazon and all good book shops. Several people have reviewed it already ( and if you like a book, I do urge you to review it on amazon, it makes the author so happy - yes, they do check obsessively, no matter how famous they are - and it helps people browsing as well.)

One of the reviewers describes Zoe as 'Harridan of the Year'.
'Were you okay about that?' I asked the esteemed author.

'I loved it', she replied, 'it's my favourite review ever'.

This is why I adore Zoe, a harridan heroine of our times. And you can read more about her and the Twat by visiting Mike Troubled Diva's hilarious 'Mr and Mrs' compatibility test, which is much funnier than my amazon review. However I promised Zoe I would put the amazon review up and so here it is as well.

Zoe's multi-award winning blog about her life with her boyfriend and three children is compulsive daily reading for thousands of people. You've got to love a woman who thinks the kitchen is somewhere you pass through in order to get another bottle of red wine from the garage.

Now she's published the whole saga as a book My Boyfriend is a Twat: A Guide to Recognising, Dealing, and Living with an Utter Twat so even more people can enjoy her witty writing about life with a man who adores her, and whom she clearly loves dearly - but who frequently makes her want to curl up with embarrassment or just throw crockery, such is his blokey ability to strike up immediate and lengthy conversations with absolutely anyone, especially workmen paid by the hour to get on with jobs, dress exclusively in donated T shirts turned inside out to cover the splatter-marks and stains, snore like a wildebeest with a head cold, fill the fridge with empty jars and stuff the house with more gadgetry than Dixons sale. But he does all the cooking, and he makes her laugh. And without him, this marvellous book would not exist, which would be a great shame, especially as we're nearing Christmas.

Faithfully recording his every foible and bon mot for posterity, Zoe has produced a book that will provoke screams of laughter and nods of recognition from anyone who lives with, loves or is thinking of adopting a Twat of their own.

I could go on, but I won't. Buy the book, it's fab . (And buy it before your mates do, so you can pass off the funny stories about the Twat, and his hilarious utterances as your own down the pub. Some of the things he has said and done are surely destined to become legend).

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12 Comments:

Blogger zoe said...

blimey! the editor of the Sunday Times checks in from time to time? lovely review, rachel, and thanks for taking part in this virtual book tour.

see you in 2 1/2 weeks time when you may finally get your chocolates ....

xx

November 09, 2007 8:48 am  
Blogger Rachel said...

Saturday Times!

November 09, 2007 8:52 am  
Blogger zoe said...

Gah! it was the Twat wot told me 'sunday'!

November 09, 2007 9:03 am  
Blogger Rachel said...

He is a very nice man, George Brock. You should send him a copy.

November 09, 2007 9:03 am  
Blogger Henry North London said...

I shall put Zoe's book on the wishlist as I have vouchers for Amazon and Im trying to build up enough to spend them all.

Henry

November 09, 2007 9:10 am  
Blogger mike said...

Glad you enjoyed the Mr & Mrs shindig, Rachel. The Twat is such a well-dressed man! ;-)

November 09, 2007 11:07 am  
Blogger Stratford Girl said...

Rachel,
Lovely to be reading you again!
Stratford Girl
x

November 10, 2007 2:03 pm  
Blogger Leighton Cooke said...

I was in a new media/old media conference a few months ago and it was exactly the same. Antagonistic deadwood not grasping the idea that we, the people of the blogosphere, now have a voice and are prepared to use it.

November 10, 2007 6:37 pm  
Blogger family affairs said...

Thanks for a great review - Zoe comments on my blog fairly regularly, but I hadn't realised how much we had in common (ie divorce, kids, loud snorey boyfriends). Thanks for the review, I will get a copy for Christmas. Glad you're up and running again. Lulu (in Londond)

November 12, 2007 10:32 pm  
Blogger George said...

It is the Saturday and not the Sunday Times. Thank you, Rachel, for the kind comment. I must go out and buy the book.

For Leighton Cooke here is a link to something a little more considered than the jumbled discussion at We Media long ago that started Rachel's post:
http://www.battleofideas.co.uk/C2B/document_tree/ViewADocument.asp?ID=258&CatID=42

George

November 25, 2007 1:32 pm  
Blogger Rachel said...

Thank you for commenting George! I didn't know you had a blog...checks ...ah, hidden profile. Thank you for the article too. Off to read it now and will let Leighton know. ( and Zoe)!

November 25, 2007 1:52 pm  
Blogger Henry North London said...

I've had a speed read of it too! Displacement activity...

November 25, 2007 2:01 pm  

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