Strong Female Character

Strong Female Character

Literary Biography & Memoir
Hardback Published on: 16/02/2023
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Strong Female Character
A much-needed memoir
To me, this is an example of a perfect memoir: funny, honest, informative, and deeply reflective. Branded as disruptive, manipulative, and a troublemaker f... READ MORE
Emily Witty
Strong Female Character
Seriously Funny
I discovered Fern Brady through watching and loving her on Taskmaster. After following her on Twitter and discovering that she was autistic, I was desperat... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
Strong Female Character
Such a vital memoire
An astounding portrayal of Fern Brady's lived experience as an autistic in an allistic world, highlighting the importance of diagnosis and awareness. Th... READ MORE
Katrine Solvaag
Strong Female Character
It needs adding to book groups and discussing.
I think this is one of the finest autobiographies I’ve read. I read it in a single day. I just found it really clipped along and didn't snag you anywhere. ... READ MORE
Strong Female Character
The best memoir I’ve read this year!
I could not put this book down! A raw, unapologetically honest, brutally frank, yet heartbreakingly funny page-turner! I picked up my copy on a recent trip... READ MORE
Laionie Sarson
Strong Female Character
'A book filled with feminine rage'
I knew nothing about Fern Brady before starting this memoir and left it with a deep appreciation for what she's written. It's a book filled with feminine ... READ MORE
Strong Female Character
Strong. Female. Funny. Character.
Such an honest and witty writing, it almost feels like a 2am tipsy conversation with a friend. Heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time, Fern Brady ... READ MORE
Strong Female Character
Utterly Brilliant
I've never been much of a non-fic reader but this book was and continues to be utterly brilliant to me. It's a very raw and real memoir and at times that c... READ MORE
Vicky Waterman


'If you've ever been on a night out where you got blackout drunk and have laughed the next day as your friends tell you all the stupid stuff you said, that's what being autistic feels like for me: one long blackout night of drinking, except there's no socially sanctioned excuse for your gaffes and no one is laughing.'

Fern Brady was told she couldn't be autistic because she's had loads of boyfriends and is good at eye contact. This is a story of how being female can get in the way of being autistic and how being autistic gets in the way of being the 'right kind' of woman.

  • Publisher: Octopus Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9781914240447
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Weight: 428g
  • Dimensions: 218 x 138 x 30 mm

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Strong Female Character
Review & content warnings pasted from my StoryGraph review: An honest and at times heartbreaking, frustrating and funny memoir from a brilliant comedian... READ MORE
Becky - Head In The Pages
Strong Female Character
A book I wish I'd been able to read 10 years ago
As a woman who is awaiting a late diagnosis (on a three and a half year long waiting list), Strong Female Character has had a huge impact on me. This book... READ MORE
Lauren Amy
Strong Female Character
Much needed stark honesty around autism in females
This book is a must-read educational masterclass in how autism may present in females. Written with Fern Brady’s trademark stark honesty and unique sense o... READ MORE
T Edwards
Strong Female Character
Beyond beautiful
An incredibly compelling and beautifully written memoir. I devoured this in about a day, and related strongly to Fern's experiences on the edge of understa... READ MORE
Sophie Reads
Strong Female Character
An incredibly uncomfortable read...
Strong Female Character is an incredibly uncomfortable read. A “tell-all” biography, Fern Brady unpacks a remarkable amount of trauma into this book, cover... READ MORE
Elizabeth (Llandudno)
Strong Female Character
I feel seen and understood
I cannot tell you how much it means to me that this book is out there. The first four chapters seem almost identical to my early life experiences from navi... READ MORE
Becca Galloway
Strong Female Character
Hilariously relatable
I bought this book after quickly scanning the synopsis and having no idea who Fern Brady is. I have never highlighted a book as much as this one (I’ve alwa... READ MORE
Lauren Raithel
Strong Female Character
Males do not have a monopoly on autism spectrum! You are not alone! This exceptional woman has made her own way while overcoming much more than the usual m... READ MORE
Janice Tangen
Strong Female Character
Eye opening
I found this book to be both eye opening and painful to read in parts. Having an autistic son I have read been actively trying to read books by individuals... READ MORE
Katie Dennis