'The Anti-Cool Girl' and have to say that it was probably the darkly funniest book I have read for a while.
And I'm not just saying that because Rosie drew a vagina in my book (she draws them in all the books she signs apparently).
The last book I read (it was an audio book, so technically it was read to me) with such worldly wise humour was also a book based around a girl named Rosie, coincidentally enough -
Rose, Rosie and The Rosie Effect/Project
|Rosie Waterland is behind the speaker in this picture unfortunately|
I didn't even know who Rosie Waterland was until I attended this talk.
|Waterland warning at the Byron Bay Writer's Festival?-)|
|Rosanna the duck? See further down in this post to get this one|
I went along to hear Magda, because I had already bought Magda's book at the bookshop tent before the talk and was going to get Magda to sign it after the talk, but I also ended up buying David and Rosie's book, as well, and had them signed afterwards at the signing tent when I got Magda to sign hers for me.
Magda Szubanski, Rainbows, The 2016 Byron Bay Writer's Festival, Jung and Synchronicity
I also caught Rosie talk on Sunday at the 'Getting Your Life Right' discussion (pictured above), along with Magda Szubanski, Mandy Nolan and Richard Glover.
Interestingly with the duck connections I point out in this post Michael Leunig was on this stage above just before Rosie and the gang took to it and he was in a conversation about how the duck came about in his cartoons.
|Michael Leunig at the 2016 Byron Bay Writer's Festival|
I even tried 'Rosie's Chicken Soup'(patented, so hands off) recipe and it wasn't bad for a snack, but I wouldn't be too keen on it as a main meal though.
|Magda Szubanski serving Rosanna the duck for Christmas dinner|
Which reminded me of my recent duck encounters in Tasmania, which I wrote about in this post -
I think Rosie's book is a great read on the lessons of self acceptance and the importance of doing what YOU want to do and not what others want you to do.
|Blanket fort in 'The Conjuring 2'|
And with your dad passing away in that chair you write about in your book Rosie, 'The Conjuring 2' might be a bit too close to home for you to watch.
This book would make for a great Anti-Bridget Jones type movie I think, so keep that Oscar speech handy Rosie, as you never know;-)
I also liked how you started the first magazine article you had published on page 237 of your book Rosie, a rather Shining example of your writing talent, no doubt, but much better than Jack's;-)