Book Review – Sorting Out Billy by Jo Brand

Sorting Out Billy

Martha had never progressed much beyond hating her father for being cruel to her and her mum, even though he was supposed to be a man of God. Martha was now 38 and eight months pregnant. She told everyone that she didn’t know who the baby’s father was, but she knew perfectly well it was Ugly Ted, who owned the lapdancing club.

Jo Brand is a pretty famous comedienne in UK, deadpan, lesbian-ish humour with classic one liners like “I’m anorexic, everytime I look in the mirror I think I’m fat”.


Jo Brand

So when I was back in UK, I saw this book in one of the discount book shops and decided to pick it up as I love her Jo Brand’s style of humour, I guessed this book would be right up my street.

The basic premise of the story is of 3 close female friends and the trials and tribulations they go through with the men in their lives (or lack of men in some cases), the weird relationship one has with her parents, the hippy lifestyle of another (with her overly paranoid boyfriend) and the bimbo-ish nature of the 3rd with the anti-hero in the story ‘Billy’ as her boyfriend.

It’s a very easy to read book with the story flowing along nicely at a good pace, the character development is a bit iffy sometimes as it seems to be based well upon stereotypes, but I enjoyed the sarcasm and social commentary anyway!

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12 Responses to Book Review – Sorting Out Billy by Jo Brand

  1. FireAngel January 18, 2006 at 12:13 pm #


  2. Sashi January 18, 2006 at 12:45 pm #

    Back when Eric Cantona did his infamous assault on a Crystal Palace supporter, I remember Jo Brand’s reaction:
    “Ooh, Aah, F***in’ Wanka!”

    (for those not clued in to football trivia, that’s a play on MU supporters’ terrace chants that went like, “Ooh, Aah, Cantona! Say Ooh Aah Cantona!”

    yes, the MU lot aren’t the most imaginative when it comes to chants… 😛 )

  3. ShaolinTiger January 18, 2006 at 12:56 pm #

    FA: No problem 🙂

    Sashi: Yah I remember that ahaha, the best chant was the rip-off Beckham chant about Posh spice taking it in the ass LOL

  4. TeXaN January 18, 2006 at 2:24 pm #

    Hows it going you nubcake get on dota, so i can smash your face in, now on to more serious matters.

    WTF shao, just wtf. You of all people fell into the propaganda plauging the world, that America is in Iraq, and Afghanistan, for the purpose of oil. Bitch i wish we were there for oil then maybe we wouldnt be having to pay these outrageous prices for gas. Did you not forget that they bombed us. Do you not think that they are better off now, than when they were under dictatorship control. We are over there because its the white mans burden[Phylosophy developed during the Guilded Age]. Saddam executed many a man when he ruled, and your going to say were there for oil. Come on shao, look at it from both stand points. We’re already there if we were to pull out militants would try and attempt to rise to power agian. We dont have a choice now. And you know what… Ill be turning 18 in september. And god i hope its over by then, because if i were to go over there im not sure if i could Kill someone so easily. Unless i was a sniper of course then i would be like *BOOMHEADSHOT* Come on shao quit falling into the propaganda of the world, and being a conformist. I thought you were better than this.

  5. Dabido (Teflon) January 18, 2006 at 2:59 pm #

    Sashi – Plus there was Eric’s song with the “Oooh aaaah” Chant in it too.

    ‘Martha was now 38 and eight months pregnant’

    Anyone else think 38 & 8 months pregnant is a little too pregnant? That’s longer than an elephant! 🙂

  6. KY January 18, 2006 at 4:19 pm #

    when are you gonna finish that cosmos book u nub?

  7. ShaolinTiger January 18, 2006 at 6:38 pm #

    Texan: STFU YOU NARBCAKE, that’s totally off topic here.

    KY: Dunno…think I just about got through the Introduction haha

  8. AntiXX January 18, 2006 at 7:07 pm #

    Another off topic comment.

    Last chance!! Get in those votes and name XX the ignorant asshole of the year. She’s trailing by about 15 votes so please make your vote count
    Voting ends anytime soon!

  9. iesnek January 18, 2006 at 7:48 pm #

    I remember Jo Brand from my UK days. O_o

    Didn’t she have this really freakish hairstyle and perpetually smoke on her shows?

    I always liked the skits where she took the piss out of supermodels.

  10. ShaolinTiger January 19, 2006 at 12:56 am #

    iesnek: Yah and she always wore a baggy black t-shirt, black skin tight leggins and doc martins!

  11. YasMin January 19, 2006 at 4:18 am #

    owh.. I know this lady.. she’s strangely funny..

  12. iesnek January 20, 2006 at 9:24 am #

    ST: Yeah,since my dodgy memory was proven correct I think i’ll go buy the book now, lol.

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