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  • Published: 2 April 2012
  • ISBN: 9781742754888
  • Imprint: Ebury Australia
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $34.99
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What Women Want




A funny and moving book that Australian women of all generations will love.

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.

  • Pub date: 2 April 2012
  • ISBN: 9781742754888
  • Imprint: Ebury Australia
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $34.99

About the Author

Nelly Thomas

Nelly Thomas is one of Australia's most natural and intelligent performers. Swinging fast and boldly between refined social satire and a guilty gorging on junk TV, you'd be hard pressed to find a more engaging, thought-provoking comedy experience.

Nelly sprung into comedy suddenly, winning the Comedy Festival's Raw Comedy competition in 2003. In eight action packed years since then, she has directed Barry Award winning Maria Bamford, toured nationally and internationally, established her own Melbourne comedy room and toured shows around the world.

Nelly has released her first DVD The Talk - a sexual health and ethics DVD for teens and their carers - to popular acclaim.

In addition Nelly is a regular guest and co-host on ABC Radio 774 and has had numerous other media appearances on the Comedy Channel, ABC TV and local community radio.

What Women Want is Nelly's first book.


Praise for What Women Want

“What Women Want is pleasantly surprising. It is funny, to be expected from a comedian-turned-writer, but it is also sage, well researched and deeply interesting. This is a great book for people living in contemporary Australia.”

Jane Fynes-Clinton, Daily Telegraph

“This is a superb piece of writing by a no-nonsense advocate for sensible attitude to sex, work, relationships, education, health and children. Thomas's particular skills are a distinctive, articulate voice and a message that is worth listening to. This is a rare example of a comedian writing a book about the subjects that inspire her without feeling the need to make every line a joke.”

Bruce Elder, Bendigo Advertiser

“Advocating a down-to-earth, sensible approach, she has a light humorous touch, but doesn't try to be funny all the time. If only every cultural discussion I read was this accessible and to this standard.”

Northern Rivers Echo

“Thomas' book is well researched and asks difficult questions. It challenges stereotypes and take the reader into sometimes uncomfortable territory - all achieved with liberal doses of humour.”

Wendy Lavender, Kalgoorlie Miner


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