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MamaPop Recommends: Joy's Picks For June

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440222680_c467726c03_mRecommended Reading:
Before there Helen Fielding and her Bridget Jones. Before there was Jane Green, or Fiona Walker, reigning empress of the Brit-Chick-Lit scene (and we just called it "Romance" in those days) was Jilly Cooper.  Riders, Rivals, and Polo are all frightfully British novels, and set in the world of competitive horse jumping.   

Riders Don't give a crap about horsies? Me neither.  Cooper's books are about so much more--well-developed characters, lots of bawdy romps around the British countryside, devastating wit, and delicious thick plotlines that will make a complete antisocial out of you.  Forget Harry Potter, your true heart will rest with Rupert Campbell-Black, that arrogant, knife-tongued bastard.   ( Swoon....)

Jilly Cooper still reigns supreme in England, and her latest novel, Wicked: A Tale of Two Schools, is scheduled for release in a couple of weeks.  Can't wait...

Recommended Song
Lilly Allen, "Everything's Just Wonderful." The thing about Lilly Allen is she makes me feel Old. I also feel like she would be one of those rough girls down the bus stop who would have hassled me shitless as an adolescent. My husband thinks it's a persona, but I am not so sure. She intimidates me, but I think this add to the certain frisson when I listen to curiously banal lyrics like:

"Oh Jesus Christ almighty, Do I feel alright?
No not slightly,
I wanna get a flat I know I can't afford it,
It's just the bureaucrats who won't give me a mortgage,
Well it's very funny cos I got your fucking money,
And I'm never gonna get it just because of my bad credit
Oh well I guess I mustn't grumble,
I suppose that's just the way the cookie crumbles.

Recommended Television Program
Footballer's Wives Ramsays' Kitchen Nightmares on BBC America.  If Hell's Kitchen gets your blood pressure up a bit, then check this out for a softer, more caring side to Gordon.  Yes, he has a yell, but he is much more interesting and more-rounded a person than his "THIS IS EFFING RANCID, ARE YOU AN EFFING DONKEY?!" persona on Fox.

Recommended Movie:
Notes on a Scandal. Excellent psychological thriller set in Britain.  You've never seen Dame Judy so malignant and hypnotic, nor Cate Blanchett so fragile and weak-willed in the face of a rather, ehem, gorgeous 15 year old boy..
(Can I say that?  Watch the movie, and you tell me)

Recommended Other Thing:
As long as we're keeping this British, a current staple in my "larder" are Digestive Biscuits.  Available at World Market, and in the "ethnic" aisle at my local supermarket.  There's nothing like a Digestive  and a cup of tea to dip it in. (and ignore the name--it's like a more robust Graham Cracker)  They even have a bit of fiber in them!  Yes!  If you're feeling crazy, branch out and get the chocolate covered ones, or even a Hob-Nob.  Delish!







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Comments

kobri

Excellent Choices! Wicked was really good. It was my first Jilly Cooper and I then had to immediately go back and read all the others in quick succession. Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares is another favorite. I love Hell's Kitchen, but I prefer that side of him, more mentor than meany. My dad loves the chocolate covered digestives and so they always make me think of him, and a good cup of tea of course.

Staci

As someone who used to compete in shows, I MUST get one of these books. Especially since 1) Its a MamaPop recommendation 2) the recommendation comes from someone outside of the horse world. Something tells me I won't have any trouble believing some of the plot lines :) Thanks Joy!


Staci

As someone who used to compete in shows, I MUST get one of these books. Especially since 1) Its a MamaPop recommendation 2) the recommendation comes from someone outside of the horse world. Something tells me I won't have any trouble believing some of the plot lines :) Thanks Joy!


diane s

Oh, I love that you made this so British! :)

(Not because I'm British, of course...)

Marmite Breath

Okay Joy, I love you so much right now, and I'm not just saying that. Let me start at the beginning.....
I just returned Rivals to my friend after keeping it for two years (I read it on the plane home a couple of years back--it was the perfect plane book). Jilly Cooper is awesome.
Lily Allen is the cat's pyjamas. She had me when she rhymed Tesco with Al Fresco.
My kids are at my Mum's in Arkansas for the week, and this time last year when they were at Mum's, I sat the whole week and watched Footballer's Wives and ate junk. And also listened to Lily Allen. I can't believe a year has gone by.
And lastly, I just ate a very fucking stale digestive out of the biscuit tin. But it was still great. And now? I am planning my baking day for tomorrow because I bought malt from the local brewing place and do you know what that means?? I can make malt loaf tomorrow!!! (I also bought some cans of tetley's, so I might have a hangover by then). I made garibaldis and ginger nuts aswell. In other news, I am getting fatter by the day but don't care.
Okay, I will shut up now, but can I ask two little favours? On your next reviews, can you review Nighty Night and any book by Sue Townsend (a fellow Leicester woman). Adrian Mole was the best diarist in the world, and still is. (Sorry Bridget).
I remain, Joy, your most humble and obedient servant,
Marmite Breath
xoxox

Marmite Breath

OH MY GOD! How long was that comment?
Soz.

Marmite Breath

Last one, promise.....

Do you know they have Cadbury's chocolate digestives now?? I know!!

(Leaves before is banned from Mamapop for being gobby)

HollowSquirrel

What's that there pictured on the book cover? I can't really get past it. Is it what it looks like? Is someone (or something) about to get an anal exam? It's beyond creepy and gross and am I just seeing things? Why hasn't anyone else noticed? What the F?

joy

oooh, kobri--you've got me all excited about Wicked. But, yes! Go Back and read all the others--they are just SO EFFING GOOD.

Diane, Staci--if you like British and good plot, go get these *now* (and thanks for the nice wordies)


Marmite Breath--I hear you too, and envy your life right now. And SUE TOWNSEND?? HELLS YEAH! *And* I've not read Nighty Night (whoo hoo!) I read "The Cappucino Years" over xmas and love loved it. Did you read the one about the Prime Minister? Forgotten it's name. Also--you *must* read "Starter for Ten": http://www.amazon.co.uk/Starter-Ten-David-Nicholls/dp/0340734876 You'll lurve. Blaj blah blach--I should email ya.

HollowSquirrel. It's merely a lady with a nice rump wearing a pair of jodphurs and having her bum cheek caressed. *merely* ;-)


joy

oooh, kobri--you've got me all excited about Wicked. But, yes! Go Back and read all the others--they are just SO EFFING GOOD.

Diane, Staci--if you like British and good plot, go get these *now* (and thanks for the nice wordies)


Marmite Breath--I hear you too, and envy your life right now. And SUE TOWNSEND?? HELLS YEAH! *And* I've not read Nighty Night (whoo hoo!) I read "The Cappucino Years" over xmas and love loved it. Did you read the one about the Prime Minister? Forgotten it's name. Also--you *must* read "Starter for Ten": http://www.amazon.co.uk/Starter-Ten-David-Nicholls/dp/0340734876 You'll lurve. Blaj blah blach--I should email ya.

HollowSquirrel. It's merely a lady with a nice rump wearing a pair of jodphurs and having her bum cheek caressed. *merely* ;-)





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