Miranda Hart: Is It Just Me?

25 Sep

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Many of you probably know Miranda Hart better for her award winning TV series than her writing, but her ‘biography’ caused a great stir in the literary world. Whenever a big, of the moment, star brings out their autobiography it means big things; they’re going places and plan to be around a while, as Ms Hart has done.

However, I’m not entirely sure that this book is a conventional biography, which seems to fit in with what I know about Miranda Hart. I do not watch her TV series’, but find her amusing whenever I have seen her elsewhere- and certainly in Call the Midwife she is quite brilliant as the posh nurse.

However, instead of describing areas of her life in chronological order, and in detail, like so many biographies do; hart decides to dedicate this so-called biography into a How to deal with Everyday life, manual or Miran-ual (she actually creates and uses this word frequently in the book).

Hart’s book describes situations that have arisen in her life and how she had handled them, while advising her readers (or My Dear Reader Chums) how to avoid her mistakes at all costs. Hart talks the readers through how not to make mistakes at office parties with making uncomfortable small talk, embarrassing yourself at dates, and awkward family Christmases.

All the time this advice is going on, I did wonder why we were not being treated to a more conventional biography of her life, as far back as she could remember to the present day; but then I remembered this is Miranda Hart. Conventional just is not in the rule book.

The book itself is (at best) semi-autobiographical as Hart draws on her life experience without filling in the time with blow by blow account of her life. It makes it stand out certainly, but I believe it’s classification is wrong. More a humorous self-help manual than anything, “Is it Just Me?” has a bewitching quality that comes across in Hart’s on screen personality, and there is something very engaging and comforting about this book. It does not take itself seriously, which adds to the character; everything is always ready to have the innuendo or micky taken out of it. Something a good biography should be able to do!

An easy read for sure, full of “Gosh that is so me!” moments and not as difficult to follow as a tricky personal timeline, this book is one that has to be read from start to finish, even if you only dip in and out of it over time.

Obviously if you are a Miranda fan, it is a must read, but even for those who do not like the tall gangly Miranda Hart it should be on your reading list as the nights draw in and we all cuddle up under our blankets with hot chocolate, tea or coffee (not to mention a cheeky biscuit… or three).

My only peeve about this otherwise comical text is that when Hart talks about boarding schools, and she compares hers to Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers, she spells it with two L’s i.e. Mallory Towers. Major pet peeve, and one that any proof writer and editor should have checked. However, do not worry Ms Hart, you are not alone in spelling one of my favourite author’s most popular series wrong; even some diehard fans are guilty of this. Just for next time, please do try and remember!

So there you have it, Miranda Hart’s “Is it just me?” is a good autumn read, light, playful and easy to come back to. A must have book for a short chapter here and there on those long winters nights. Easily a four out of five.

About the Writer: Stef is a 22 year old graduate who has a lifelong obsession with books and reading who also loves music and live theatre. You’re most likely to find her in a book shop or out in London standing at a theatre stage door. She can be found on twitter and running The World of Blyton.


3 Responses to “Miranda Hart: Is It Just Me?”

  1. fiona 26/09/2013 at 12:10 pm #

    Like her as Chummy, but otherwise can’t stand her. Great review but don’t think I could bear reading the book still.

    • pippastef 02/10/2013 at 8:24 pm #

      Thanks Fiona 😉
      I knew from the off you still wouldn’t read the book, but at least you liked my review! 😛

      • fiona 02/10/2013 at 8:40 pm #

        It’s almost like you know me… 😉

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