A smart and fiercely feminist memoir from beloved comedian and actor Doon Mackichan
Doon Mackichan is best known for her comedy characters in the hugely popular Brass Eye, Smack the Pony and Toast of London – but throughout her career there are parts she’s refused to take and stereotypes she’s challenged to find more empowered characters.
The Feisty Feminist. The Hot Lesbian. The Desperate Cougar.
In My Lady Parts, Doon shares her experience on stage, screen and in real life, examining how our culture still expects women to adhere to certain stereotypes – and punishes those who don’t. Doon looks at the stories we are telling and asks: what do these roles we give women tell us about their value in the society we live in? How do we hold our heads up without fear and say no to those that objectify us?
The Deranged Mother. The Stupid Tart. The Hag.
This is a courageous, vulnerable and empowering account of being a woman in an industry that has been exposed for its deep-rooted sexism. It is, above all, a call to reflect on – and radically rework – the implications such attitudes have for future generations.
“Doon Mackichan’s memoir savagely exposes the sexism of showbusiness by looking at the roles she has been offered. Yet Mackichan’s tome is no misery memoir [ … ], rather the book is an inspiring tale of an actor and comedian standing by her principles”
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“Fierce, frank and funny, this is Doon at her very best. This book demonstrates that she is, and always has been, a trailblazer”
“As we look back – and not that far – at how the misogyny was tolerated and even applauded in the 2000s, we should listen to the meticulous testimony of women like Mackichan. Because she has always called it out, but has often paid a high price”
“A real page-turner; raw, urgent and entertaining”
“A timely memoir … [Mackichan] has not been just an observer of change, but a driver of it. Hopefully times are changing for female comedians, but only because of the efforts of Mackichan and her generation. You can’t keep a good woman doon”
Doon Mackichan is a hugely beloved actor, comedian and writer. Her comedy credits include Two Doors Down, Plebs (for which she was nominated for a BAFTA), Toast of London, On the Hour, The Day Today, Brass Eye, Alan Partridge and the Emmy-winning Smack the Pony among numerous other shows. My Lady Parts is her debut.