Because I Don't Know What You Mean and What You Don't

Josie Long

Because I Don't Know What You Mean and What You Don't by Josie Long (Hardback ISBN 9781838856083) book cover

Available as Hardback, eBook, Downloadable audio

The frank, funny fiction debut collection from award-winning comedian and broadcaster Josie Long

From a comic mastermind comes this brilliant collection of stories

Three teenagers believe they are witches.
A woman defaces a local billboard.
A bored landlord tries to influence his son’s best friend.
A cul-de-sac WhatsApp group discusses eggs at length.
A heavily pregnant woman finds a way to time travel and a girl discovers joy on a stolen bicycle …

Each tale paints a life in miniature and offers an escape chute from the mayhem of modern life.

“Josie Long can REALLY write. Read these stories NOW”
Dawn French

See more reviews

“Her writing is miraculous. A dazzling debut”
Joanna Lumley

“Josie’s stories are like her comedy – beautifully observed, strange, good-hearted, unsettling and truly funny. Read them immediately”
A. L. Kennedy

“I loved this short story collection. Funny, poignant, daft, and occasionally even hilariously cynical”
Frankie Boyle

“Josie’s writing is everything I love about her stand-up: sharp and smart, hilarious and incisive, infused with love for the world and the complicated people who live in it. A joy to read”
Monica Heisey

Josie Long

Josie Long is a writer and a stand-up comedian. She won the Best Newcomer award at Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has been nominated three times for Best Show. She was born in Kent in 1982 and studied English at Oxford University. She currently lives in Glasgow. | @josielong