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The former Sleeper singer’s tales of making it big in Britpop

Just For One Day takes you on Louise Wener’s musical odyssey from awkward 80s suburban pop geek to 90s jet-set Britpop goddess. Of course, once she’s living the dream at the height of Britpop’s glory, things aren’t quite how they appeared from the other side.

With her band Sleeper, Louise goes from doing gigs in toilets to gigs in stadiums, and on to the big interviews, constant touring and endless excess via Top of the Pops.

These are the hilarious adventures of a girl’s journey through Britpop, from the embarrassments of growing up to trying to remember what on earth it was you really wanted while eating Twiglets backstage and enviously eyeing up Damon Albarn’s plate of foreign cheeses.

Reviews

This book is absolutely wonderful - I just read four passages out loud to the Word staff - to actual applause!

Mark Ellen, The Word

Wise, funny and loving - a brilliant memoir about Britpop and possibly the best rock biography since Nik Cohn's AwopBopAlooBop-AlopBamBoom

Tony Parsons

Funny, readable and filled with proper gossip. Most importantly, it's a perceptive and tenacious look at what it was really like to be a girl among the blokes in that era

Alexandra Heminsley, The New Review, Independent on Sunday

Wener charts the story of her rise from suburban schoolgirl to 1990s pin-up with Indie group Sleeper. Her tone is warm, funny and self-deprecating - and she's not afraid to prick a few egos along the way

Daily Mirror

An amusing insight into the banality of band life, and a cautionary tale about the cost of getting what you always wanted

The Quietus

Teen love, bad haircuts, great music and laugh-out-loud memories

Fearne Cotton

(This week Sam has been) laughing, crying and over-identifying with Louise Wener's hilarious memoir, Different For Girls

Sam Baker - Editor of Red Magazine

Thoroughly entertaining

Record Collector

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780091936525

    June 15, 2011

    Ebury Press

    320 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • EBook

    9781446407929

    January 4, 2011

    Ebury Digital

    320 pages

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