August 2nd, 2003

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Book: Life isn't all ha ha hee hee

Author: Meera Syal

Details: (c) Chestwick & Flares Productions Ltd 1999; Pub Black Swan Books 2000; ISBN 0-552-99952-0

Verdict: Well done in a light, frothy way

Reasons for reading it: Basically, good press when it was published a couple of years ago. And also because I'm gullible enough to have forgotten that ethnic chick-lit trash is still chick-lit trash.

This is at least partly due to the fact that I feel a quite unjustified affinity with Life isn't's second and third generation immigrants caught between cultures in the East End. I have no East End credentials whatsoever (given that my father's family ended up in Liverpool and my mother's, even back in the 17th and 18th century when they 'came over', were already thoroughly middle class). I don't really identify with the immigrant experience either, as all four of my grandparents were born in England. Then again, I am the sort of person who says all four of my grandparents were born in England, and the whole immigrant and East End culture is very much part of my mythology.

How it came into my hands: Library

Collapse ) Oh well, I enjoyed reading LiaHHHH, even if it's nothing exceptional.
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