Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady by Florence King

Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady by Florence King


'This book is a complete scream. I had to stop reading it when I was on the till, I was laughing too much. Absolutely hilarious. This is a book I send to friends." - Jim MacSweeney, Gay's the Word


Granny worked so hard at my rearing. She was a frustrated ladysmith and I was her last chance . . . This is the story of my years on her anvil. Whether she succeeded in making a lady out of me is for you to decide, but I will say one thing in my own favour before we begin. No matter which sex I went to bed with, I never smoked on the street.

When Florence King was born, her Granny, a would-be Virginia grande dame, moved in. ‘Anybody could have a family,’ writes Miss King. ‘She wanted a race all to herself.’ Granny’s dream of raising the perfect Southern belle failed dismally with her own daughter, a chain-smoking, baseball-playing tomboy given to wild expletives. Florence is Granny’s last hope . . .


Contains an introduction by Sandi Toksvig



‘I’ve never read so many perfect one-liners . . . This book is dynamite. Don’t miss it.’ – Jeanette Winterston


'Ought to be printed with a mechanism for turning down the volume of the reader . . . Outrageous and laugh-out-loud funny.' - Sandi Toksvig



  • Details

    Imprint: Virago 

    Publication Date: 1 June 2006

    ISBN: 9781844081288

    Pages: 268

    Format: Paperback

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