Women Like Us: Feeling Overwhelmed, Overworked, Overweight And Over It?

by Ellen Briggs Mandy Nolan

On Sale: 23/04/2018



About the Book

Stand-up comedians Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs have joined forces for the first time to write a very funny collection of stories that examines what it means to be a woman, in today's social media dominated world. And it ain't always easy.

Thanks to biology, ageing and the complex requirements for social validation (i.e. wax yourself, lose weight, get bigger boobs, a smoother forehead, a smaller butt, no hang on, make that a smaller waist and a bigger butt) today's women never run out of reasons to hate themselves or feel they 'are not enough'. The messages are beamed from TV, from billboards, from magazines.

Well, Mandy and Ellen have had it. They've drawn a line in the sand ... and this time they're not going to sweep it up!

Women Like Us is for anybody who is feeling cranky and fed up with being told what they should look like, feel like and how to 'behave'. Using hilarious accounts of their own lives Mandy and Ellen discuss how they have come to a point where they realise they are never going to be perfect and they are just fine with that.

They discuss a wide range of topics including early forays into feminism, the terrors and angst of parenting, female friendships, botox, body image, aging parents, teenagers, juggling work life with home life, snooty sales assistants, domestic violence and coping with mental illness.

So if you are feeling completely over all the media dazzle that points you one way then another, or sick of the opposing forces that make you feel guilty if you are a working mother and yet make it impossible to pay the rent or home loan unless you have a job, or you are just plain tired of trying to please everyone, be a valued member of the community and still have nice hair, then this book is for you! You are WOMEN LIKE US!

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780648100836
  • ISBN 10: 0648100839
  • Imprint: Finch Publishing - AU
  • On Sale: 23/04/2018
  • Pages: 224
  • List Price: 27.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: Biography & True Stories / Memoirs


Ellen Briggs' easy going, friendly nature belies the dark wit that lurks beneath. She has made an art from of sneaking in politically incorrect jokes at the end of her 'nice yarns'. She was a national Finalist in Melbourne International Comedy Festvial's search for new talent in 2007 and winner of Foxtel Comedy Channel's 'Be A Comedian'. She lives in Byron where she is the accidental mother of twins.

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Mandy Nolan (right) is an author, stand up comedian, mother of five, MC and comedy instructor. She is a regular columnist for the Byron Shire Echo. She has appeared on ABC's Q&A, SBS's Mums The Word & About Women and is in demand as a corporate and club performer around the country. Nolan performs regularly at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with her shows selling out. Mandy was also invited to perform at the 2016 Upfront Gala at Melbourne Town Hall showcasing the brightest female talent at the festival. She is the author of three books and lives in Mullumbimby.

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