Title: Cat Lady

Author: Dawn O’Porter

Pages: 400 Pages

Publisher: Harper Collins UK

The Blurb

CAT LADY [n.] 

Single, independent, crazy, aloof, on-the-shelf, lives alone . . . 

It’s safer for Mia to play the part that people expect. She’s a good wife to her husband Tristan, a doting stepmother, she slips on her suit for work each morning like a new skin.

But beneath the surface, there’s another woman just clawing to get out . . .

When a shocking event shatters the conventional life she’s been so careful to build, Mia is faced with a choice. Does she live for a society that’s all too quick to judge, or does she live for herself?

And if that’s as an independent woman with a cat, then the world better get ready . . .

Fresh, funny and for anyone who’s ever felt astray, CAT LADY will help you belong – because a woman always lands on her feet.

The Review

Hehehehehe. Good god I love Dawn O’Porter. Granted, I would read this woman’s shopping list because I love her that much but it helps that her work so just so damn funny.

Mia is a quirky individual. Married and a stepmother, she is also a cat mum and she bloody loves her fur baby. However, people seem to be offput by her behaviour and she seems to be a bit of a fish out of water. The only place she finds comfort is a pet bereavement group she attends…the only problem is that her cat is very much still alive.

In Cat Lady we see her try to navigate the confusing and complex world.

Cat Lady is laugh out loud funny and if you have liked her other work then you will love this.

Cat Lady by Dawn O’Porter is available now.

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Title: Life in Pieces

Author: Dawn O’Porter

Pages: 352 Pages

Publisher: Harper Collins UK

The Blurb

Dear 2020 – can we just start over?

Dawn O’Porter has been thinking about life. In lockdown. Mostly from a cupboard.

From reflections on grief and identity, bad hair and parenting, sleep and spirituality, to the things we can control and the things we cannot, Dawn’s daily diaries track the journey – for a hilarious, heartbreaking and highly entertaining glimpse into the new normal.

LIFE IN PIECES is a book for anyone who’s been thrown into a life they didn’t plan, or who just wants to stick it to 2020. When it looks like everything’s falling apart, we’ll piece it back together.

Love Dawn x

The Review

One of the things that I wish I had done was to have made a record of all the weird things that happened during lockdown. Like when I lost my sense of taste and smell or how we had a mouse and it terrorised us so much that we were held hostage by it, or how we would watch the daily briefings with shock, despair and anger at our governments handling of the whole ordeal. Alas, I did not. But Dawn O’Porter did.

In her latest release, Life in Pieces, Dawn O’Porter tells us about her lockdown and how she handles things such as the isolation, Covid-19, home schooling etc. It was such a tonic reading it and knowing that you weren’t alone in the weird lockdown feelings. 

Some of the more poignant parts of Life in Pieces came when O’Porter talked about the death of her friend Caroline Flack. Her moments of stillness allowed you to take a moment yourself and realise that in times as strange as these have been to take note of the people around you that you love.

Another wonderful piece by O’Porter.

Life in Pieces by Dawn O’Porter is available now.

For more information regarding Dawn O’Porter please visit her Instagram page.

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Title: So Lucky

Author: Dawn O’Porter

Pages: 400 Pages

Publisher: Harper Collins

The Blurb


Beth shows that women really can have it all.
Ruby lives life by her own rules.
And then there’s Lauren, living the dream.


Beth hasn’t had sex in a year.
Ruby feels like she’s failing.
Lauren’s happiness is fake news.

And it just takes one shocking event to make the truth come tumbling out…

Fearless, frank and for everyone who’s ever doubted themselves, So Lucky is the straight-talking new novel from the Sunday Times bestseller.

Actually, you’re pretty f****** lucky to be you

The Review

There is a growing trend in fiction at the moment that I, for one, am loving. It is the trend of strong sassy writers writing realistic books about what it is like to be a woman. They are writing in a fearless way; it is a way that makes the average girl scream ‘Yes’ joyously at the book she reads because here potent among the pages are real honest to goodness women. Not women who are living life like a boss with a perfect instagrammable life but ones who are dealing with everyday problems such as being a mum, bad marriage, trying to keep up with everyone else.

Dawn O’Porter excels at this kind of writing and she shows it in her stunning new novel So Lucky. He three characters all have problems. Real problems. Some are easily managed and some are crippling in their difficulty. She shows these women – Beth, Ruby and Laura – as they try and deal with the mundanity of life and try and figure out who they are. O’Porter doesn’t always make her characters likable but she damn sure makes them relatable.

With the multiperspective style used by O’Porter, we get an insight into each of the characters problems and rather more powerfully an insight into ourselves. When you start to feel slightly enviable of their problems you know you belong to a select group of real women.

Dawn O’Porter, I salute you, you fearless word warrior.

So Lucky by Dawn O’Porter is available now.

For more information regarding Dawn O’Porter (@hotpatooties) please visit her Twitter page.

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The CowsTitle: The Cows

Author: Dawn O’Porter

Pages: 400 Pages

Publisher: Harper Collins

The Blurb

The new hilarious, poignant, and refreshingly candid novel from Dawn O’Porter.

Fearlessly frank and funny, THE COWS is a powerful novel about three modern women who are dealing with shame and judgement – judging each other, but also judging themselves.

It’s bold and brilliant.
It’s about friendship and being female.
It’s a searingly perceptive novel about modern life.
It’s about never following the herd.

And everyone is going to be talking about it.

The Review

The book that I was most eager to read in 2017 was Dawn O’Porter’s latest release The Cows. I didn’t know much about it but having watched Dawn O’Porter’s programmes and documentaries along with reading her previous books I knew that even if I didn’t love the story I would appreciate the writing.

Fortunately, I loved the story. The great writing was just an added bonus.

The Cows plays with concept that even now in the 21st century women are still seen as baby making machines. We are here to help continue the growth in population and whilst scientifically that is our main role real life is not like this.

O’Porter plays with the notion of motherhood in The Cows. She delivers three very realistic perspectives on how a woman is perceived not just by society but how she perceives herself. We have three strong female characters that are all in very different places in their lives; all with (mostly) relatable situations. The overriding message is that it is ok to pick your own path without the interference or judgement of others.

I bloody loved The Cows and would go so far as to say that it is my book of the year so far. I laughed, cringed, cried and ached during my reading and when an author can incite that kind of reaction you know that they are good at their job.

The Cows has received excellent reviews from those who have read it and whilst in life we salute the message of the book and recommend that you don’t follow the herd however when it comes to reading this book we demand that you do.

The Cows by Dawn O’Porter is available now.

For more information regarding Dawn O’Porter (@hotpatooties) please visit www.DawnOPorter.co.uk.

For more information regarding Harper Collins (@HarperCollins) please visit www.harpercollins.com.

5 Stars

The Blurb

I just can’t imagine me without you…

50% Friendship, 20% Humour, 20% Betrayal,10% Sexual Content. 100% Honest.

It’s the mid-1990s, and fifteen year-old Guernsey schoolgirls, Renée and Flo, are not really meant to be friends. Thoughtful, introspective and studious Flo couldn’t be more different to ambitious, extroverted and sexually curious Renée. But Renée and Flo are united by loneliness and their dysfunctional families, and an intense bond is formed. Although there are obstacles to their friendship (namely Flo’s jealous ex-best friend and Renée’s growing infatuation with Flo’s brother), fifteen is an age where anything can happen, where life stretches out before you, and when every betrayal feels like the end of the world. For Renée and Flo it is the time of their lives.

With graphic content and some scenes of a sexual nature, PAPER AEROPLANES is a gritty, poignant, often laugh-out-loud funny and powerful novel. It is an unforgettable snapshot of small-town adolescence and the heart-stopping power of female friendship.

The Review

Often times one is grateful to be blessed with just one gift; maybe the gift of the gab or a special talent for acting, or even hunting out a great bargain. It is usually us uni-gifted people that tend to stare down our noses with jealous disdain at the bold and beautiful who can turn their talents to different mediums. One such multitalented lucky duck is none other than Dawn O’Porter.

For many a year have we admired her work as a TV presenter, bum wipe activist (seriously mine has never felt fresher….that was a bit of an overshare), documentary investigative journalist and probably most importantly she has shared her passion for one of the greatest movies ever made – Dirty Dancing. Oh yes, we here at Different Scene have many a reason to love Dawn O’Porter.

And now we have one more.

O’Porter has turned her hand to fiction. Her debut novel Paper Aeroplanes is due for release next week and showcases an extremely strong gift and flair for telling a story.

Set in Guernsey in the mid-90s, O’Porter paints a picture of a simpler time to grow up, not plagued by the incessant bitchery currently found through social media sites and texting whilst reminding us how difficult it was to be young. The story centres on the burgeoning friendship of Renee and Flo whose shared experience of loss, loneliness and embarrassing everyday situations develops the bond and the pace of the story. Without revealing too much this novel helps to remind us the value of friendship and to treasure those around us.

This is a book that everyone should read for all the reasons given already and also because for want of better way to put it – Dawn O’Porter can write. She has proven once again that she isn’t a one trick pony and whilst we should want to throw rocks at her for her excellence and mad skills, we won’t because she is Dawn O’Porter and we love her.

So, do yourself a massive favour, pre-order it, book in a couple of alone hours and lose yourself to a sense of nostalgia in this beautifully told story. You will be awfully glad that you have bought it.

Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O’Porter is available now.

You can follow Dawn O’Porter (@hotpatooties) on Twitter.

*Originally published on Different Scene

Paper Aeroplanes