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Lily Brett
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New York

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  150 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Paperback, 158 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by List Tb. (first published 2000)
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Debbie Robson
This is my first Lily Brett book and I will definitely be reading more of her work. I think I’ll tackle Too Many Men next although it is pretty big unlike this tiny one. At first it was a little disconcerting how all the essays were just two pages long. I then realised, of course, that they must have been for a regular coloumn or similar but I think it would have been better for the reader if this was stated on the blurb.
After I got used to the length always being the same I really began to enj
Lily Brett's New York is a lighthearted, easy to read book which looks at life in New York from the perspective of an Australian who has been living in Manhatten for over ten years. As an ex-New Yorker myself, I enjoyed reading the short and pointed vignettes which were more like a regular newspaper column (and indeed they were originally commissioned and published by Die Zeit, a popular German newspaper) than like a cumulative series of stories on life in the Big Apple. Most of the pieces are q ...more
This is a small volume of short observational pieces in which Brett muses on the perils of living in New York, being American, her own peccadilloes and those of other people. Brett is hugely insightful and pointedly humorous. Her most remarkable achievement is writing with prose that is duplicitously simple. Some pieces are not as acute or as well-structured as others but I wonder if I might be missing some subtle verbal nudge.

This volume is my introduction to Lily Brett but I'll be looking out
I say I've read this, even though I only got half way through. Each chapter of this book seemed like a ridiculously staunchly feminist whinge about part of living in New York. Reading this book made me angry, frustrated, and highly desirous to give Brett a slap across the face - wake up and be grateful for what is around you woman, get over yourself!
Justine Gill
I absolutely love Lily Brett's writing. This book made me want to jump on the next plane to New York. Brett writes with such personal candour showing her own vulnerabilities. New York however is the main character of each story in this book. It shows so many aspects of the city, it's people and the daily events of life in this dynamic city.
Rachael Wilkins
I wanted to really like this book...the observances of an Australian woman living in NYC seemed like something that should resonate with me! As I got further into the book, I became bored with her style and felt the observations were somewhat weak, lacking substance.
Is it just me or is there no substance to any of these writings?
What is the point of reading these stories?
They are small, sharp and to the point. Easy to read. But you will probably get about
the same amount of entertainment should you read a TV guide.
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