A funny and moving book that Australian women of all generations will love.
With all the moxie of an RSL barmaid and the library card of a research fellow, Nelly Thomas has emerged to talk about nothing slighter than the trials of her generation... She's erudite, earthy and entirely unemployable. Helen Razor - The Age (review Melb Comedy Festival)
Growing up in post-feminist Australia, Nelly Thomas, one of Australia’s most gifted and natural comedians, was told she could ‘have it all’. She’s giving it a crack – but she still isn’t quite sure what ‘it’ is.
What do women want?
In pursuit of answers, Thomas has tried being a telemarketer, a professional student, a fast-food worker, a broadcaster, a smoker, a prostitute’s confidant, a health advocate, a reality television obsessive, a mother, a partner (or is it girlfriend? lover?), an award-winning comedian, a sex-educator, a Loony Lefty Feminista and a self-confessed fatty boombah. Like many of her generation, she’s had a lot of options, yet she’s wondering – which do you choose?
In this hilarious part-memoir, part-manifesto, Thomas navigates the murky waters of her life and womanhood in the twenty-first century. She tackles the big contemporary issues – career, equality, family, porn, sex, entertainment, obesity, parenting, culture, class, Beyonce’s derriere – with customary insight and a wickedly dry wit.
A must-read for the modern Aussie woman.
About the Author
Nelly Thomas is one of Australia's most natural and intelligent performers. Swinging fast and boldly between refined social satire and a guilty gorging on junk TV, you'd be hard pressed to find a more engaging, challenging comedy experience.
Nelly sprung into comedy suddenly, winning the Comedy Festival's Raw Comedy competition in 2003. In seven action packed years since then, she has directed Barry Award winning Maria Bamford, toured nationally and internationally, established her own Melbourne comedy room, created and toured several shows (including the highly acclaimed and unique The No Means No Show and has performed in over a dozen festivals in Australia and around the world.
She also continues to work in the community and government sectors, in particular, as a highly sought-after corporate performer and producer of custom-made performances, specialising in health promotion.
In addition she is a regular guest and co-host on ABC Radio 774 and has had numerous other media appearances on the Comedy Channel, ABC TV and local community radio. And she was once an under-13's State Regional BMX Champion.
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Comments about What Women Want:
Nelly Thomas manages to combine humour with a clear (and insightful) social message as she reflects on her life to date. I read the book on a long plane trip and had to stop myself laughing. A must read for men and women alike.
"With all the moxie of an RSL barmaid and the library card of a research fellow, Nelly Thomas has emerged to talk about nothing slighter than the trials of her generation . . . She's erudite, earthy, and entirely unemployable." --"The Age"
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 2nd April 2012
Publisher: Random House Australia
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.6 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.38