Edited by Jessica Adams, Maggie Alderson, Nick Earls and Imogen Edwards-Jones Penguin Books
The fourth in the highly successful Girls Night In series, this book is a feast of innovative, funny, compassionate and sassy female authors.
Opening with a foreword by Australia’s own Wendy Harmer, Girls Night In 4 tells over 50 stories that women can relate to: The Casual Boyfriend, The We-Wish-We-Could-Really-Send-It-(Including-To-Our-Boss) Office Email, The Boys Night Out, The Mothers’ Group… and true stories of women changing the world.
Raising funds for organisations such as War Child and No Strings, analysts predict worldwide sales of Girls’ Night In 4 to top one million copies.
Amusing tales such as Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now by Jessica Adams recounts, amongst other things, tales of girls who have left their mobile phone on during the most inappropriate times. "Halfway through Justin Rushcroft’s funeral
(1970 - 2005), his ex girlfriend Jo McGee (1975 - present) realised that she had left her mobile phone on. Worse, the offending phone (and it really was offending as it vibrated and flashed pink at incoming calls) was now playing a jaunty version of the Austin Powers theme."
For the girl who loves a humanitarian story, No Strings is poignant and inspiring, telling of Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Kermit the Frog and Muppet friends’ expedition to areas affected by war. Muppet veterans Michael K. Frith and Kathryn Mullen decided (in 2003) to create a show educating children living in landmine affected areas about their dangers (and featuring all of their favourite characters!).
Says Wendy Harmer, tellingly: "You can sometimes lose sight of the big wide world on a girls night in; start to focus on what you don’t have… You can think of all the places you’d rather be. But these few paragraphs at the front of this book are to remind you that right now, as you sit reading in a peaceful place you are the envy of most women on the planet. For so many of the world’s women a girls’ night in is a prison sentence."
Often reminding readers of their blessed lives, Girls Night In 4 is refreshing; taking girls to all four corners of the world, and telling the stories that matter.
Party Planner by Meg Cabat is a hilarious look at the Great Australian office and all of its’ email shenanigans.
"Just a reminder that all departments will close at 4.30 PM today so that employees can get an early start on their holiday merrymaking. We hope to see you all at the (staff party) at Les Hautes Manger" writes Charity Webber.
"Just a quick note to let you know how much I appreciate the great job you’ve done planning this year’s (staff party). It must have been a lot more difficult for you than in previous years when it was in the Senior Staff Dining Room…" replies Andrew Hargrave.
"Shut Up!!" writes Charity Webber to colleague Natasha Roberts, "He’s (Andrew) just really cute! I want my response to sound witty and casual. But now all I can think about is his butt."
"I just hope… I don’t propose to anyone! Especially since my grandma left me her two-carat diamond cocktail ring and I just happen to have it in my pocket right now…" writes Daniel Carmichael (?!?).
How lucky the girls from Oz really are!
An entertaining and witty anthology by contemporary female novelists: Girls Night In 4 is a must-have. Prepare to be dazzled girls!
If you liked ‘Girls Night In 4’ you’ll love these titles (Penguin Books):
- Girls Night In
- Girls Night In 2
- Big Night Out
- Kids’ Night In
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