Here Come the Girls by Loose Women

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Here Come the Girls by Loose Women

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Category: Home and Family
Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Trish Simpson-Davis
Reviewed by Trish Simpson-Davis
Summary: The Loose Women ITV team open up on girlie topics. It's warm and friendly in tone - like an undemanding evening out with friends. Easy entertainment that's worth considering as a Christmas present for women over a certain age.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 352 Date: October 2009
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 978-1444700152

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This is the second volume by the panelists from that nice ITV series, Loose Women. Just as promised on the cover, this book is an entertaining night with the girls. It turns out that they're just like us. The faces are already familiar and even if you don't know them yet, with nine contributors, you'll soon find a like-minded woman behind one of the celebrity faces. The women are universally warm-hearted and supportive: there will be many a lonely woman who reads this book and feels as if she sat down with a group of friends for the evening.

The conversation is as uncontroversial as I'd expect from typical girlie topics like Christmas,Winter Dressing and Tips for Feeling Good - from nine different points of view. There are some straight-from-the-heart moments as babies, partners and careers are juggled. In the main it's more on the level of moisturizers, miscreant husbands and Ann Summers' parties: superficial in the great scheme of things, but quite soothing really. It certainly doesn't feel like eavesdropping on some glamorous star's lifestyle, as Lynda's husband tells her to put some make-up on before she heads off to the supermarket, or Andrea confesses to wearing yoga trousers and fleece jumpers at home.

You may have inferred that I found this a rather bland read, so I really sat up and took notice when Carol criticised Harriet Harman, Jacqui Smith, and then Tessa Jowell and Hazel Blears as: sneering, patronizing women who … go on GMTV or Loose Women instead of The Today Programme, because they don't want to be asked difficult questions. Well, I've never met any of these top politicians, but how I wish I'd seen Carol's interviews with them! I can just imagine that sense of authenticity around the Loose Women panelists stripping politicians of their disingenuousness.

As I'm not much of a TV viewer, so I would have appreciated more photos. I spent some time puzzling out who was who, as I'd like to be able to put names to faces in the future. I enjoyed the excerpts from the show which concluded the book, although I wasn't sure what they added, except perhaps the feeling that here was a Girls' Own Annual for grown-ups. Which brings me neatly round to suggesting that this book might make an excellent, uncontroversial Christmas present that most women would enjoy reading.

My thanks to the publishers for sending this book.

If you love this book then Girls Night In, the Loose Women team's first book, is essential reading. For humour with more bite, The Naughty Girls' Guide to Life by Tara Palmer-Tomkinson and Sharon Marshall is hilariously helpful. On a more serious note, Coleen Nolan's sister Anne Nolan wrote the interesting Anne's Song about life as a singing Nolan sister.

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