Lady by Melvin Burgess
My Life as a Bitch

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If you gotta be a dog, be a bitch.

"My tail was going bananas as I rounded the corner and headed into Platt Fields park. The pavement was alive; my nose was an eye that sees into the past. I speeded up. Oh, I was in love with Terry, but to run and sniff and feel my ears catching sounds out of the air! But what do you know? Only a dog could understand what I mean."

Sandra Francy is seventeen and having way too much fun. Everyone wants to stop her but the problem is, she likes it. When she accidentally gets turned into a dog she's horrified at first, but soon she starts to wonder if being human is worth the effort. Her attempts to hang on to her humanity are bizarre and often hilarious-but her life as a dog leads her to pleasures she hardly knew existed.

Award-winning author Melvin Burgess brilliantly captures the realities of teenage life and hormone imbalance.


About Melvin Burgess

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Melvin Burgess has produced a body of work that is both challenging and thrilling, including the seminal teen drug and love novels "Smack" and "Doing It". His books have been adapted for film, stage, and television.
Published May 1, 2002 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 137 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Enderby the Poet--corpulent, flatulent, malicious--arrived, full of bile and Joycean brio, in Enderby (1968).

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The Guardian

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Lady: My Life as a Bitch Melvin Burgess Andersen Press £12.99, pp212 Melvin Burgess has set out to do for sex what his previous novels have done for heroin and violence: to tell it like it is in all its dirty detail and, perhaps, in the process, to create a bit of fuss.

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Publishers Weekly

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The conflict comes when Sandra remembers her family and tries to communicate with them, vowing to give up the doggy ways that have characterized her in both human and canine forms and planning instead to be a considerate, more conformist person.

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Teen Reads

While in an abandoned shed, Sandra reflects upon her life as a girl and her new canine existence.

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London Review of Books

While Burgess has pursued the spirit of Shakespeare through a film-script, a popular biography and, now, an Enderby novel – feigning, in the process, notable images of the poet – Dr Rowse has drifted into fantasy.

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Austin Chronicle

In an amazing scene, Cliff takes a drum solo (actually dubbed in by Buddy Rich) that is pure Freudian innuendo, his face frozen in a leering rictus of lust while Carol makes come-on motions and the other players blast away on their horns.

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