Review: Bridge Burning and Other Hobbies by Kitty Flanaganh


Title: Bridge Burning and Other Hobbies

Author: Kitty Flanagan

Published: March 2018, Allen & Unwin

Status: Read April 2019



My Thoughts:

“Had I told my mother I was writing an autobiography, she’d quite rightly have asked, ‘Why?’ Instead, this is a book of true stories and ill-informed opinions. And I believe it was Paul Simon who once said, ‘Your opinion is not important, it is merely of interest.’ So, while this book is not important, I do hope you will find it of interest. Most of all, I hope you will find it funny because that really is my favourite thing.”

I did find it mildly interesting, Kitty, but mostly I found it funny. I smiled a lot, laughed out loud a few times, and spat out my drink at least once.

Kitty and I are of the same generation, so we share similar childhood experiences and attitudes. I enjoy her self deprecating humour, and her witty observations.

The only thing I thought the book lacked was a handful of photos from Kitty’s childhood.



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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Claire Louisa
    Apr 12, 2019 @ 10:23:10

    I tried listening to it on audio, but she didn’t project any enthusiasm like she does on stage, so I didn’t get far. I’ll have to try and read it instead.

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  2. butimbeautiful
    Apr 12, 2019 @ 11:45:45

    She’s a very funny woman. Was it kitty who recently quipped she’d love to see a lotion for prettying up the scrotum?

    Liked by 1 person


  3. Rebecca Bowyer
    Apr 12, 2019 @ 11:48:02

    I really enjoyed this one. Looking forward to her next one.

    Liked by 1 person


  4. Kate W
    Apr 12, 2019 @ 20:54:50

    I’m a bit mixed about Kitty (love her on Utopia but her pieces on The Project, not so much) but would probably enjoy reading her.



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