Nelly Thomas: What Women Want

Book Launch and comedy night:
Saturday 21st April 2012 4pm launch at The Wheeler Centre (after party at our shop)
Bookings available via women@vwt.org.au

Nelly Thomas
Nelly Thomas

‘What Women Want’ by Nelly Thomas launches at The Wheeler Centre followed by drinks, signings and book sales over the road with us at Embiggen Books. (Both venues on Little Lonsdale Street, between Swanston and Russell Streets, Melbourne)

Hosted by comedian Cal Wilson. Launched by Liberty Sanger. With performances and presentations by Mary Crooks (Victorian Women’s Trust), Tina del Twiste (aka cabaret diva Wes Snelling). With a reading by, author, Nelly Thomas.

Bookings available via women@vwt.org.au


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 Razer – 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.

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