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The Fran Lebowitz Reader

The Sunday Times Bestseller
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    • Fran Lebowitz
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Acerbic, wisecracking and hilarious, this is the definitive essay collection from New York legend and satirist, Fran Lebowitz, star of Martin Scorsese's hit Netflix series, Pretend It's a City.

'The gold standard for intelligence, efficiency and humour. Now and forever' DAVID SEDARIS
'She's inexhaustible - her personality, her knowledge, her brilliance, most of all her humour' MARTIN SCORSESE
'The rare example of a legend living up to her own mythology. She really is THAT funny' HADLEY FREEMAN

Lebowitz turns her trademark caustic wit to the vicissitudes of life - from children ('rarely in the position to lend one a truly interesting sum of money') to landlords ('it is the solemn duty of every landlord to maintain an adequate supply of roaches'). And her attitude to work is the perfect antidote to our exhausting culture of self-betterment ('3.40pm. I consider getting out of bed. I reject the notion as being unduly vigorous. I read and smoke a bit more').

'Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things and small people talk about wine'
'Think before you speak. Read before you think'
'All God's children are not beautiful. Most of God's children are, in fact, barely presentable'
'There is no such thing as inner peace. There is only nervousness and death'
'The opposite of talking isn't listening. The opposite of talking is waiting'

'A marvellous raconteur, full of wit, wisdom and rebellion. Genuinely one of the funniest people in the world' IRENOSEN OKOJIE

'In a world of humming, hawing, couching and obfuscating, there's nothing more refreshing than a dose of Fran Lebowitz' CAROLINE O'DONOGHUE

'As witty, original, and impeccably discerning as the woman herself, The Fran Lebowitz Reader is a modern classic set to be read for generations to come' OTEGHA UWAGBA

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  • Published: Mar 09 2023
  • 194 x 126mm
  • ISBN: 9780349015903
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Press Reviews

  • Newsweek
    Right on the mark ... Among the things she hates ... baggage-claim areas, high tech, after-shave lotion, adults who roller skate, children who speak French, or anyone who is unduly tan
  • Vogue
    Unique .... Lebowitz offers vocational guides for aspiring heiresses, popes, empresses; manuals for landlords; guidance to the rich who wish to meet the poor
  • The New York Times
    Hilarious ... an unlikely and perhaps alarming combination of Mary Hartman and Mary McCarthy.... To a dose of Huck Finn add some Lenny Bruce, Oscar Wilde and Alexis de Tocqueville, a dash of cabdriver, an assortment of puns, minced jargon, and top it off with smarty pants
  • Washington Post
    The funniest woman in America
  • Guardian
    A forcefield of comic self-certainty in a world of anxious uncertainty
  • David Sedaris

    The gold standard for intelligence, efficiency and humour. Now and forever
  • Hadley Freeman

    Fran Lebowitz is the rare example of a legend living up to her own mythology. She really is THAT funny
  • Martin Scorsese

    She's inexhaustible - her personality, her knowledge, her brilliance, most of all her humour
  • Hadley Freeman

    Guardian
    Despite now being over 40 years old, the essays still glitter, every bone-dry sentence pared down and packed with her unmistakeable personality
  • Jane Mulkerrins

    The Times
    'the most well-connected iconoclast since Dorothy Parker'
  • Caroline O’Donoghue

    In a world of humming, hawing, couching and obfuscating, there's nothing more refreshing than a dose of Fran Lebowitz
  • Caroline O'Donoghue

    In a world of humming, hawing, couching and obfuscating, there's nothing more refreshing than a dose of Fran Lebowitz
  • Irenosen Okojie

    A marvellous raconteur, full of wit, wisdom and rebellion. Genuinely one of the funniest people in the world
  • Otegha Uwagba

    As witty, original, and impeccably discerning as the woman herself, The Fran Lebowitz Reader is a modern classic set to be read for generations to come