Review: Wacky Chicks by Simon Doonan

Forgive this book its silly title (and the fact that it meant Charlotte Church’s ‘Crazy Chick’ got stuck in my head on endless repeat every time I picked it up), ;” href=”″>Simon Doonan’s Wacky Chicks is an exuberant celebration of gloriously eccentric, unapolagetic women – creative, loud, unafraid troublemakers each and every one. Although at times his witty prose trips too easily into florid chatter, it’s only because he’s constantly trying to pin down and keep up with the breathlessly fast-paced life stories of these unique characters.

And in-between the chit-chat, he makes some very sound arguments in defence of fashion, feminism and womankind in general. This is more than a spoonful of sugar helping the medicine go down – it’s a sticky sweet espresso martini, keeping you intruiged, appalled, amused and inspired by turns. I must confess the ‘wacky chickettes’ of the last chapter – earnest, angry young women who don’t approve of ‘psuedo-feminists’ (yikes, they probably mean me) left me a little cold compared to their fabulous foremothers, but the inclusive spirit of the book means we can all let a little wackiness into our lives – everyone’s welcome.

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