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Bryony Gordon survived her adolescence by dreaming about the life she'd have in her twenties: the perfect job; the lovely flat; the amazing boyfriend. The reality was something of a shock. Her Telegraph column was a diary of her daily screw-ups; she lived in a series of squalid shoe boxes; and her most meaningful relationship of the entire decade was with a Marlboro Light.Bryony Gordon survived her adolescence by dreaming about the life she'd have in her twenties: the perfect job; the lovely flat; the amazing boyfriend. The reality was something of a shock. Her Telegraph column was a diary of her daily screw-ups; she lived in a series of squalid shoe boxes; and her most meaningful relationship of the entire decade was with a Marlboro Light.Here in the Sunday Times bestselling THE WRONG KNICKERS Bryony busts open the glamorized myth of what it means to be a young (perpetually) single girl about London town, and shares the horrible and hilarious truth. The truth about picking up a colleague at the STI clinic; sinking into debt to fund a varied diet of wine, crisps and vodka; and how it feels when your dream man turns out to be a one night stand who hands you someone else's knickers in the morning.Bryony's wonderfully ridiculous and ultimately redemptive story is essential reading for everyone whose 'best years' weren't quite what they were expecting......

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The Wrong Knickers: A Decade of Chaos Reviews

  • Jennifer Simpson
    2019-05-01 04:17

    We've all been this girl at some point, but Bryony is just brave enough to write about it-very well too.

  • Claire
    2019-05-22 08:22

    Review: The Wrong Knickers by Bryony Gordon Published by: Headline (January 1st 2015) ISBN: 978-1472210142 Source: review copy provided by publisher Rating: 4* Synopsis:Bryony Gordon survived her adolescence by dreaming about the life she'd have in her twenties: the perfect job; the lovely flat; the amazing boyfriend. The reality was something of a shock. Her Telegraph column was a diary of her daily screw-ups; she lived in a series of squalid shoe boxes; and her most meaningful relationship of the entire decade was with a Marlboro Light. Here in the Sunday Times bestselling THE WRONG KNICKERS Bryony busts open the glamorized myth of what it means to be a young (perpetually) single girl about London town, and shares the horrible and hilarious truth. The truth about picking up a colleague at the STI clinic; sinking into debt to fund a varied diet of wine, crisps and vodka; and how it feels when your dream man turns out to be a one night stand who hands you someone else's knickers in the morning. Bryony's wonderfully ridiculous and ultimately redemptive story is essential reading for everyone whose 'best years' weren't quite what they were expecting... Review:The Wrong Knickers is fabulously funny, cunningly cringeworthy and surprisingly sad. A Bridget Jones for the new generation, Bryony Gordon recounts her life as a single twenty-something in all its embarrassing glory. I laughed out loud and spat out my tea in places, shook my head in disbelief in others, but I found it hard to put down.

  • Laura
    2019-05-01 01:22

    I fear I'm the equivalent of Bryony's smug married friend Sally by giving this book two stars, but I couldn't give it any more in good conscience. There's no doubt she's a smart(ish) hack with a decent enough turn of phrase, but her tales are so sordid and removed from my comparatively tame 20s that I found it all a bit too car-crash. I found her self-revulsion after her various disastrous escapades (going straight to the office after a night of copious coke-snorting and booze, taking ecstasy at Glastonbury, getting involved with a married bloke) interesting, though; it made me want to give her a good shake. If you know it's not good for you morally or health-wise or psychologically or whatever then show some self-restraint already and DON'T DO IT. Stop blaming your parents' divorce and being so bloody dramatic. Get it together, already! But then I am a prude. Or a bore. Whatevs.I wonder why she wrote this. To absolve herself of guilt? To horrify her mother? I can only hope that some disillusioned 20-somethings read this and decide to do something about their messed-up lives a bit sooner than Bryony did. Oh, and that 'something'? Doesn't have to be meeting a bloke.

  • Meera
    2019-05-23 06:22

    I used to enjoy Bryony Gordon's columns in the Telegraph, but then, shock horror, she had a baby and became one of the smug marrieds and I now find her columns completely unreadable. This book veered between the two - I enjoyed some of Bryony's views - especially the whole chapter on the madness of the wedding shindig, but overall she is such a shallow, narcissistic character that it's really hard not to want to slap her. She is unable to exercise any kind of self discipline and is the kind of woman who gives other women a bad name - she can't really be friends with anyone as she is so selfish and has to bring everything back to herself and lack of boyfriend, and is jealous if her friend/sister has a partner, she doesn't bother to finish university, racks up debt at every turn and is proud of her inability to manage money, drinks copiously and takes shedloads of drugs every night before poncing into work late and doing nothing, and also sleeping her way round London while being surprised that no man wants to have a proper relationship with her. This is trying to be a modern Bridget Jones, but is frankly just a bit pathetic.

  • Hannah
    2019-05-04 08:29

    It's very refreshing to read a book about a complete fuck up who absolutely owns that they are a complete fuck up. And who hasn't been a complete fuck up at some point in their life? And be honest, really truly - whether it lasted for a week or a decade, we've all been there to some degree. And like Bryony, I think it's about time we owned it. Would probably make our lives a little easier to be perfectly honest.Bryony wrote a follow up piece for Elle UK and talked about the aftermath of publishing her tell all. She'd changed some names, and been criticised for that (unjustly if you ask me) and her family doesn't want to read it. But why would they? They had front row seats for the first show! The thing I got throughout the book was that, despite everything, she always had a support network behind her. Fucked up as she was, she never crossed that line into territory of no return. And that's what I'll take away from this. That it is ok to be a fuck up for a time, but to remember and acknowledge those around you who can bring you back up for air when you need. This book is not for everyone (prudes, the self absorbed, and the "superior" should put it down). It's hard to read sometimes, and you just want to scream at her to get a grip. But somehow, she is incredibly endearing. I think I would really like her if I met her. And she would obviously be great on a night out. This book is just so much fun, and not because I'm sitting at home thinking "thank god that's not me". It's fun because, to a certain degree, I've been Bryony. And hey, I'm still in my 20s! I've got 7 years for a bit of chaos yet!

  • Hayley
    2019-05-24 02:07

    This book had me laughing to the point of tears at some parts. I am not yet twenty, yet even I could relate to so many experiences (the embarrassing indie stage anyone?) and I'm sure most, if not all, other readers could too. The writing style makes it seem like you are being told this riveting tale by your rather candid best friend, or even better, a drunken stranger you've just met in your local, who will become your best friend. Bryony Gordon is my new Caitlin Moran. I adored this book, everything about it. It is brutally honest about the life and loves of a modern woman but remains hilarious. The ending, in which Bryony sums up what has became of her life, had me in floods of relieved tears. I recommend this book to all women who feel they aren't getting anywhere, and all people who read and loved Caitlin Moran's How To Be a Woman. This review contains opinions on an ARC, all opinions are my own and are in no way influenced by the author or publisher.

  • Hope
    2019-05-01 06:19

    I saw a story with the author talking about having a one night stand and at the end the guy giving her the wrong knickers. Like......What kind of guy does that and I was interested so I got the book. From the beginning it is easy to read and get into and for a lot of authors that's very hard to do. We see the true story of a girl who makes mistakes, picks the wrong choices and has such a low self-esteem that she lets guys roll over her. I feel like even though I never did even half the things she did I can relate to her in mild sort of way especially now in my 20's and I will probably read this book again because there will be something new in my life that I can relate to her life story. It's like a book about how things might not go according to how society expects it to be, like uni, boyfriends, marriage, careers and family. Your path might be different from the norm but in some weird way in the end everything has a funny way of working itself out. It was a great read and it was even more amusing because it was a true story, even though I don't know her I am proud of her.

  • Gill's Great Book Escapes
    2019-04-30 03:32

    So you single twenties something want to move out of your comfortable family home into a dingy damp flat to live your life without restrictions….? Hilariously funny in parts, cringingly embarrassing, this book has all the tips for a good time and the warnings for the worst times ever. Every single 18 year old girl should read this when when they are saying ‘nah, that’ll never be me’, and then identifying with this in their twenties:She takes up exercise of any sort: Yoga, kickboxing, dancing, running:“My lungs feel like they are about to explode. Some people talk about the sense of freedom they feel when they go running, but I think they might be psychopaths. Drink, drugs, sex, wrong relationships, embarrassing times in public on a regular basis, how long can this 20 year old girl seemingly be such an out of control, unlucky person in her personal life; it seems for a whole decade. This is a book about growing up, not being grown up. I wanted to scream at her ‘switch your self control ON, no don’t go there again’.I never did drugs, but I could identify with some things here! There are some wonderful friends and family surrounding Bryony which are recognised by writer and reader alike which is great to experience throughout the book.Going from cocaine, threesomes, chlamydia scares, drunken blackouts it feels like a downhill race into personal destruction, but one which is halted before the depths of no return. However, I am guessing each will read this book with their own experiences as a gauge. There was so much reality of life, work and the hopeless search for ‘love’. I am so pleased that the guys were not the focus of vitriolic blaming, but portrayed with just a normal sense of relationships that were not healthy. “He seems to lick the enamel of my mouth, as if he is trying to be some sort of human toothbrush, reaching parts that other oral cleaning instruments can’t.”As a single guest at a wedding is always fraught especially when you are seated on the other single/misfit table. Bryony has been told she is sitting with ‘Tom’ who she will get on because he is ‘out there’ which she finds worrying but he has yet to arrive leaving her by an empty chair;“You are the only person in the entire cavernous function room who has an empty place setting next to them. The accountant on the other side is talking to the backpacker from Australia, meaning you are left twiddling your thumbs and trying to pick up the fag ends of conversations happening elsewhere on the table, and even on the table behind you because, hey, beggars can’t be choosers.”What did I like about best about this book?This is an honest account of how sucked into city life you can get just to be cool, it show how trying so hard to fit in is fraught with risks, and I liked how Bryony gives such a great ending, with the reality of how love creeps up and then takes working at.I would have given it four stars but in parts it felt a bit aimless.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Many thanks to the publisher for a paperback copy for an honest review.

  • Fabulous Book Fiend
    2019-05-20 08:22

    Review: wow I really enjoyed this book. I love a bit of non-fiction every now and then and this book was so true and so funny that I sailed through it in absolutely no time at all. I think I came to this book at a silty subjective angle since I now have 5 months left of my twenties and am about to move into my thirties therefore I am taking a look back at this decade too but this book gave me a kind of hope that we all go through this time and we all make stupid mistakes in our twenties but that they all teach us something in the long run. This book is written from the first person and so you feel the whole way through this book that Bryony is chatting to you over a bottle of wine and some Kettle chips and just recounting to you things she has done. She compares the time she was the only single one at a dinner party to the time you were the only single one at a dinner party. You chat about the horror of trying to find a flat to rent on your own, especially one within an easy commut to work and how it would be so much easier if you were part of a couple. The horror of discovering that the party you decided to spontaneously host was really the worst idea you have ever had, and each anecdote becomes more and more hilarious. This woman Is seriously braver that most of us though because she really does lay it all out there for you to see. The drinking, the mistakes, the break ups and all the feelings that go with that. She tells you about her parents reaction when she decided to drop out of uni and her own feelings when she discovers the affair she was having wasn't quite what it turned out to be. If you fancy some laughs and a few home truths then you need to be picking up this book now. If you love Sex and The a City then you will love this book and if you ever made a mistake in your twenties or things didn't turn out quite the way you thought they would then you will be able to relate to this book and you need to sit down and listen to Bryony Gordon's thoughts tourself right now. A must read!

  • Kat
    2019-05-22 03:16

    This is a rating of 3.5I really enjoyed the writing and I hope Bryony writes more books, maybe even a sequel? The situations the author finds herself in is very funny, but some of which I found hard to believe. Even though I know this was a memoir I found the ending very rushed and would of liked a bit more on the lead up to the ending. Bryony has a a true talent and I can't wait to read moreThanks goes to net galley and the publisher for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review

  • I read novels
    2019-05-04 01:30

    It started, as ever with a kiss. It always starts with a kiss. It never starts with five pints of larger, three shots of tequila, and your bottom being groped in a dingy bar, does it? In the morning Josh has to get to work quickly or he will be late he throws her clothes to her to get ready fast. And after spending the night in Josh's bed he thows a pink pair, silky knickers which land in her lap, Agent Provocater label side up, and he remarks to her those are pretty knickers. But these pretty size 8 silky knickers are the wrong knickers. This story is deliciously indiscreet at times.

  • Eleanor
    2019-04-28 04:20

    I don't know why I bought this book - a moment of kindle madness perhaps?I'm not sorry I read it though - it's a light read, and funny in places.I would describe it as a mixture between Sex in the City and Bridget Jones - but it's a memoire! Gordon really does wash her dirty laundry in public, and fair dues to her. It made for entertaining reading.

  • Elle
    2019-05-10 02:08

    Fab and entertaining book about a girl who drinks too much, smokes too much and just generally fucks things up to much. Halfway through the novel I started wondering what the point of the book was, but when I realised I could relate to so many of the screwed up thought processes, I just sat back and enjoyed this boom for what it was - a thoroughly entertaining and humorous book.

  • Jennifer Barclay
    2019-05-05 07:26

    This was great fun, funny and honest and far too often sounded very, very familiar... Excellent entertainment.

  • Danichips
    2019-05-07 07:09

    laugh out loud

  • Lynda
    2019-04-25 00:09

    I loved it so much. Definitely one of my faves. Had me laughing like crazy throughout.

  • Lizzie
    2019-05-14 02:30

    I loved the honesty of this book. My twenties are/were quite tame by comparasion. Many laugh out loud moments! What I find particularly endearing about the book is that Byrony doesn't pretend to be anything she's not. My favourite part was when she described the pain of all the various hens/weddings you are subjected to in your twenties! Spot on!

  • Taron
    2019-05-10 08:14

    A very funny read. And even if you have never been given the wrong knickers, you will still appreciate that gut-wrenching feeling of being in your 20s, waiting to find out if you will ever feel O.K. in your own skin. As someone who is trying to write a memoir I was extremely jealous of what a talented memoirist she is!

  • Heather
    2019-05-21 08:05

    Book touted as a "Bridget Jones Diary" reboot. It seems sadder to me. British girl outgrows anorexia to become alcoholic. Falls into being a writer as well as the beds of all the wrong men. Tales of drinking, smoking and self loathing promiscuity

  • Michelle Tebbutt
    2019-05-04 04:23

    couldn't get into this at all, I only read a couple of chapters. I really thought I would like it and perhaps find it a little bit funny but there was nothing about it that made me want to carry on reading.

  • Scot Haynes
    2019-05-15 00:06

    A really enjoyable read with a lovely ending. How come I didn't know what a snog nurse is until I'm over 50? Now I'm gonna look for anything else by Bryony.

  • Annmarie Millar
    2019-05-11 08:05

    Another fabulous read, love Bryony Gordon!

  • Zoey
    2019-05-06 08:30

    As a read, it's not "stimulating," but it's as fun as talking to a good friend.

  • Jessica
    2019-05-22 06:34

    Very painful to read. I did not enjoy this at all.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-16 06:18

    Loved this book, had me smiling most of way through and a few laugh out loud moments. Would definitely recommend.

  • Lara
    2019-05-01 04:16

    More reviews on my blogActual Rating: 1.5 StarsIt started, as ever, with a kiss.It always starts starts with a kiss.It never starts with five pints of lager, three shots of tequile, and your bottom being groped in a dingy bar, does it?This is supposed to be a "humourous" autobiography about a woman in her twenties screwing up. I put humourous in quotation marks because it didn't work for me at all. There were some parts that made me smile faintly, but only faintly. The situations were so gut-wrenching most of the time that I couldn't find them funny. I was cringing throughout the book.The worst thing is not that he wants to use a breakfast food as a lubricant, that he wants to butter up my vagina as if it's a piece of toast, thus possibly giving me thrush or cystitis or God-only-knows-what embarrassing condition that I will have to explain to a doctor. The worst thing is that, to allow my ridiculous fantasy of a life together to continue to flourish, I find myself making up an excuse instead of telling him to get lost. I find myself buttering him up, if you will.'Oh,' I say, thinking on my feet. 'I'd love to, but I'm lactose intolerant.I am a single woman in my twenties so you'd think I'd find some sort of common ground with Bryony, but no. The few good points she made are few and far between.What annoyed me most of all is that this book makes her seem so incredibly desperate for a boyfriend. This book is all about her quest for a man. It is all about men and that made it annoying and boring.I spend most of my day staring at my mobile, trying to magic some sort of Happy Christmas text from Sam. I decide to send him one myself, one that looks as if I have just casually sent it to everyone in my phone book.'Happy Christmas! Hope you're having a great one! Bxxx'.'Yeah, you too,' he replies, on Boxing Day.A man will change everything. The terrible thing is, that in the end, a man changes everything. It's not that she grows up and comes into her own. No, it is all put at the feet of her new boyfriend. He changed everything.'Is it totally tragic that it has taken a man to make me calm?Yes. Yes it is.Then there's the overall terrible, terrible decisions Bryony makes. I have a high tolerance for terrible decisions. People screw up, people make mistakes. And usually it leads to an interesting story. But here it just had me shaking my head in disbelief all the time.I actually feel fretful and guilty, as if I have led him on. This man who has a girlfriend has made me feel as if I have done something wrong. 'Sorry,' I actually say, moving up to the sofa next to him and uncupping my boobs, in an attempt to lighten the mood. 'It would be much more fun to get to it.'And so it is that we have uncomfortable, perfuncory, brief sex, not on his sofa - good God, we wouldn't want to leave a stain on the cushions now, would we? - but on the floor, my hips digging into the wood as he grunts on top of me. And when it's over, thankfully very quickly, he says that it is probably best I don't stay, as he needs a good night's sleep and anyway, I probably want to get homt to my own bed.It was just painful. I wanted to shake her awake. I am very very sorry to use this word, but the way this book was written it made her seem terribly pathetic.ConclusionIt wasn't for me. The humour didn't work for me at all and I spent most of my time shaking my head, ugh-ing.

  • Sam Still Reading
    2019-05-02 05:09

    The Wrong Knickers first came to my attention on Twitter, as my evening is morning in the UK and hence my feed is full of bookish thoughts from there. I didn’t know that Bryony Gordon was a well-known journalist in the UK, I just thought she’d written a memoir of her twenties. I didn’t know what she was up to nowadays. That didn’t detract from my enjoyment of this audiobook at all, I think it probably added to it as I didn’t think Bryony’s crazy days were ever going to end!Growing up, Bryony dreamed of being the highly cool person in her twenties that we’ve all thought we were going to be. How many of us actually made it to the cool job, awesome flat and fantastic boyfriend? Bryony’s twenties were much closer to what we could all relate to – the dodgy one room studio in the even dodgier area, the awful boyfriends and the drunken nights out. I felt a kind of empathy with Bryony, she had that life that everyone did but nobody ever dared to admit. She dropped out of college, getting a job as a dogsbody on a newspaper that eventually led to greater things. She had nights where she didn’t recall where she went or how she ended up at the place she awoke. She had crazy times with friends. There were drugs involved. There was a payday lender. There were all the things you thought nobody else did, but Bryony did it all.What was best though was that Bryony made no excuses. Sure, she screwed up royally many times but she never tried to duck for cover. To use an Aussie phrase, she copped it sweet (took it on the chin). She survived her twenties and turned out quite normal by all accounts but with a number of cringe worthy and hilarious tales to tell. Getting given the wrong knickers by a one night stand? Check. Throwing the mother of all parties in a one room flat? Check. Meeting a work colleague at the STD clinic? Yep. Giving a sympathy pash? Done.Although Bryony’s life seemed to be teetering on the edge of no return at times, never did it seem like she’d lost control. Perhaps it was the way the story was written or perhaps it was that Bryony herself knew that this period was only temporary: that love and stability would soon be found and she’d settle on to the straight and narrow. The beginning of her more ‘adult’ life chronicled in the book was a little less exciting to hear about, but I felt glad for Bryony and that she’d survived her various horrors. Her writing style was easy to listen to (Sophie Bleasdale was a wonderful narrator, with just the right hint of embarrassment in her voice at times) and very friendly, like a good mate. She tells the story warts and all, which made for a great fascination for me. I couldn’t wait to see what mess she’d land herself in next. There have been comparisons to Bridget Jones’ Diary, but I think that this is different – this is somebody’s real life we’re talking about, not insta-messaging Hugh Grant in the office. It’s that little bit more can’t look away from by knowing that it’s real. But, if you are a fan of Bridget or the Sex and the City girls, or just enjoy a good confessional involving outlandish deeds…you certainly won’t be disappointed by Bryony’s story.

  • Aimee Hyndman
    2019-05-17 04:29

    *This review may contain spoilers* What's it about? In non-fiction novel "The Wrong Knickers," we meet Bryony Gordon. Bryony survived her adolescence by dreaming about the life she'd have in her twenties: the perfect job; the lovely flat; the amazing boyfriend. The reality was something of a shock. Her Telegraph column was a diary of her daily screw-ups; she lived in a series of squalid shoe boxes; and her most meaningful relationship of the entire decade was with a Marlboro Light...In this memoir, Bryony busts open the glamorized myth of what it means to be a young (perpetually) single girl about London town, and shares the horrible and hilarious truth. The truth about picking up a colleague at the STI clinic; sinking into debt to fund a varied diet of wine, crisps and vodka; and how it feels when your dream man turns out to be a one night stand who hands you someone else's knickers in the morning.Who's the author? Bryony Gordon is a British journalist who began her career interning for the Daily Express, writing the occasional feature article for the newspaper. She then began writing a youth-orientated column for the Sunday Express, before writing for The Daily Telegraph's teen supplement in 2000. In 2001, Gordon joined the Daily Mirror gossip column known as The 3AM Girls. After the Mirror, Gordon resumed writing for The Daily Telegraph. Since 2006, Gordon has written the Notebook column, appearing in The Daily Telegraph every Thursday, as well as additional special features, such as interviews with notable figures. She also writes the "How The Other Half Lives" column for the Sunday Telegraph's Stella magazine. In 2007, Gordon was shortlisted for Young Journalist of the Year, at the British Press Award. Gordon also writes a blog for the Telegraph blogs section. In June 2014, Gordon released her first book, "The Wrong Knickers: A Decade of Chaos."Was it any good? Mostly? Yes. "The Wrong Knickers" is a little bit chick-lit, a little bit romance and a lot comedy. Bryony writes a riotously funny memoir about the cringe-worthy, giggle-inducing and side-splitting moments of her twenties. This is a novel that I, and I'm sure many other women in their twenties and thirties, can relate to; the crippling debt, the insecurities, the dating scene. Bryony writes candidly and honestly about her experiences and invites the reader to laugh with her, not at her. This is a light, entertaining, page-turner that was truly a pleasure to read!Would I recommend it? Absolutely. This book is essential reading for everyone whose 'best years' weren't quite what they had in mind!

  • Libby
    2019-05-06 08:23

    Originally published on Through the WardrobeLikened to a modern day Bridget Jones, Bryony Gordon’s novel (formed from her own experiences as written in her weekly Telegraph column ‘How the Other Half Lives’) offers insight into the mind of a working twenty-something who is desperate to find her way in the world.In a world of social media, where the details of people’s lives are carefully selected to make them seem as exciting and shiny as possible, it was much more comforting to read Bryony Gordon’s “warts and all” approach! The nasties of twenties life are revealed by the bucket load and her honesty and frank manner of writing is both refreshing and highly entertaining. As a hopeless romantic, wrapped up in a complete cynic, I felt at home with Gordon’s writing. Reading the tales of her life and (for want of a better word) disastrous love life felt like I was meeting a girlfriend in a pub somewhere, overthinking every painful detail whilst quaffing several bottles of house wine.Fabulously voyeuristic in nature, The Wrong Kickers lets you into the world of an intelligent, fun-loving party girl who, for whatever reason, manages to get herself into and, thankfully, out of certain situations. Very little is left to the imagination as she flits from disastrous sexual encounter to meaninglessly fling and back again. Living paycheck to paycheck, living in crappy bedsits, experimenting with everything and anything offered and the pressure to generally have ‘the best time ever’ 24/7 is all touched on in Gordon’s ‘Decade of Chaos’ (which is a very fitting subtitle!).I’m not sure how enjoyable this book would be for someone who is completely alien to the trials and tribulations experienced by Bryony and I think it’s very much a “it speaks to me or it doesn’t” kind of book. I found myself spending half the time relating directly to what Bryony was going through and the other half really hoping that the rest of my twenties wont’ be half so frenzied! The Wrong Knickers: A Decade of Chaos is a light-hearted read which is both entertaining, comforting and humorous – ending with the poignant message of ‘not to worry, things will work out’, even if it does mean stepping away from the guy who looks completely perfect on paper but whose penchant for butter means you should arm yourself with a very large barge pole!

  • Lisa Bentley
    2019-05-21 08:21

    Margaret Mitchell has been quoted as saying that “life is under no obligation to give us what we expect.” And for Bryony Gordon this couldn’t be more apt; life hasn’t turned out the way she expected it to. She is in her twenties, her prime, the best years of her life and she is screwing it up royally. She is in debt, she is using drugs, she is drunk half the time (and hung over the other half) and you know what? She is having a bloody good time. The only problem is that she expected to be/have so much more by now. She hasn’t got her life together. She isn’t married; she doesn’t have the house and the 2.4 children or a comfortable amount of money in the bank and the years seem to be dwindling away as quickly as the bottles of wine she orders with her dinner.For most, your twenties are for having fun, trying new things without the pressures of parents and education; with just the freedom of knowing you can do whatever it is you damn well want. This is a period of your life when essentially you are just a teenager with a credit card. And Bryony Gordon exemplifies that perfectly.The Wrong Knickers is chock full of tales of sexual misadventure, recreational drug use and a total disregard for matters of health. As Gordon invites you into her twenties with unadulterated candour you feel like you are having a conversation with her and that she is confiding in you as only a close friend does. You become charmed by Gordon and her story becomes all the more relevant for two reasons. The first being because it is a true account of her life; secondly because it is far too easy to relate to the things she has done mainly because you have done half of them yourself. As memoirs go, The Wrong Knickers has to be one of my favourites. I laughed out loud many a time and quite alarmingly recognised myself in Gordon at too many junctures in the book. What Gordon manages to do, in her own self-effacing way, is make the reader feel normal; whether that reader is currently in their twenties and feeling completely lost or if they are older and have managed to get past that feeling of utter hopelessness. Maybe they are reading from a standpoint of having their life together and are fondly looking back on all the mistakes and mishaps they made to get them there. Essentially what this book does is it allows us to realise that mistakes are a part of life, a part of our own story and every one of them has lead us to where we are today. For that, I thank you Bryony Gordon.