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My Life on a Plate

3.25  ·  Rating Details ·  898 Ratings  ·  94 Reviews
My Life on a Plate is the hilarious and moving first novel by bestselling author India Knight. Does secretly fantasizing about buying slut shoes and see-through tops make you a Bad Mother? What about wearing pyjama bottoms on the school run? Clare Hutt (known to herself as Jabba the) has put her foxy single days very much behind her (rather like her cellulite), and has Got ...more
Paperback, 247 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Penguin (first published 2000)
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May 23, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I needed something very light to read. Very, very light. A de-stressor if you will. And India Knight was up to the task with My Life on a Plate. It’s pure chick-lit fluff so if you really don’t like chick-lit, turn away now.

It’s the story of Clare Hutt (known to herself as Jabba the), who has put her single days very much behind her, has ‘Got Her Man’, had two kids and is enjoying life as a Smug Married (to borrow a phrase from Bri
Jan 14, 2013 Karissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, library-2013
Books like this tend to make me sad, comparing this persons marriage to my own. It makes me wonder how these two people got together since their differences are so vast. Then I get upset when I hear the cute banter between the two. But then you get to the end of the book and are like WTF?

Clara has managed to snag a great husband, a great house, two great children, and a great job that she can work part time at. But she wakes up one morning feeling that something isn't quite right. One thing is
May 05, 2009 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing, ho-hum
Parts of this book I found entirely amusing. Other parts I found entirely alien. Characters occasionally rang true, but more often clanged in a cardboardy kind of way for me. I found myself not particularly caring what happened to anyone, except the two little boys. The grownups were all entirely too self centered. (And while the bit about the nits was funny, what the hell did she do with him in that interview to have the lice transfer themselves across the table from her head to his?) It was a ...more
Dec 04, 2008 Mairead rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My book club chose this for our first read, thinking to launch into something light and frothy over a cookie baking party. Boy were we disappointed. The protagonist is rude and petty, making me question why anyone would listen to her, including the reader. She stereotyped and gossiped and fretted away the entire plot, which twisted awkwardly in the very last pages. It may be funny but it isn’t enjoyable. Perhaps this has gained favor as a Bridget Jones knock off but, if that’s the case, it doesn ...more
I wanted something fairly trashy to read & this did the job in an 'entertaining quick read' way. As long as you are prepared to put up with the fact that the lead character is shallow, immature, not a very nice person & rather offensive, you'll enjoy it. Despite all that I did enjoy this book as a guilty pleasure & read it very quickly.
Nov 05, 2008 Dani rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had to stop listening to it... I just can't get into it.
Jun 12, 2011 Lyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: A numpty
Recommended to Lyn by: Hay on wye
What a terrible waste of a tree
Oct 16, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely the light/entertaining read I was looking for. Four stars because

a) I lost interest during the main character’s visit to her ex-stepfather’s place; it didn’t add anything to the story and

b) her obsession with looks/weight was very superficial and not aligned with the hilarious cleverness of some of her observations.

The ending, however, was understated but perfect. This would make a pretty good chick flick.
Oct 28, 2013 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick_lit
Elämäni tarjottimella on silkkaa chick littiä, ja pitkästä aikaa oikeasti hupaisaa sellaista. Onkin vähän harmi, että kirjan huolimaton viimeistely löi pienen varjon vetävän tarinan ja sinänsä ansiokkaan suomennoksen ylle. Eikä lukemani versio edes ollut ensipainos, vaan pokkariversio. Nyt nyt, Like, mites olisi oikoluku? Enkä edes puhu niistä lukuisista tekstiin jääneistä lyöntivirheistä. Mutta kun heti ensimmäisellä sivulla sekoitettiin "vaan" ja "vain" ja sivulla 120 silmiin hyppäsi yksi suos ...more
Jan 03, 2014 Lucy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Odious, privileged, upper-middle class woman alternates between whinging about her lot (successful husband, two children, nice big house, cushy part-time job as a magazine writer… woe is her, apparently) and utter smugness when comparing herself to other people. And the character is written so that she comes across as about 15-20 years older than she is actually meant to be. Pre-menopausal hot flushes at 33? I don’t think so.

In addition to the crap story, the text is peppered with the use (more
Mar 07, 2011 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read the author's diet book, so figured I should check out her fiction. If you like chick-lit, it's not bad. The storyline isn't totally predictable, and the characters are very funny. The heroine is likeable. I think the main problem I had (other than not really liking the genre) was that her marriage didn't seem believable. Their meeting is briefly explained (they were young, she was better kept and better dressed), but I couldn't really fathom that these two people had been married for so l ...more
Jul 31, 2010 Sariah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick read, kind of fun, chick-lit. It took me awhile to actually LIKE the main character, Clara. I thought I'd have a lot in common with her at first: she's 32, a stay at home mom, has two boys who are always "murdering" each other, she feels frumpy and fat and unattractive, and she's kind of bored with her life. I totally get that. But the way she talks to people and reacts to situations (especially the whole... I just didn't connect with her. Once her friends came to her, in troubl ...more
Nov 29, 2013 CatarinaG rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2003
É um livro hilariante e comovente sobre as venturas e desventuras duma mulher casada.
Clara Hutt é uma mulher na casa dos trinta, tem uma linda casa, dois filhos adoráveis que só a irritam 90 por cento do tempo, um marido atraente mas cada vez mais misterioso, uma família enorme e excêntrica, um part-time numa resvista, alguns amigos, um exuberante par de sapatos Manolo... e, como ela própria diz, tem os seus dias de boazona bem atrás das costas, tal como a celulite!
Também tem dias em que acorda
Juliette Morris Williams
Apr 22, 2009 Juliette Morris Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Ab Fab
This was a fun 'commuting' audiobook. You'll most likely enjoy it if you are a big fan of Absolutely Fabulous. You'll probably like it if you enjoy British humour (a lot of it self-deprecating). The way she sneaks things in (Doctor Who references, sneaking makeup from Boots, i.e.)had me giggling in the car. It is very silly, and the reader is a joy (she does make you feel as though you're a confidante). The parts interacting between Clara and her boys were especially funny (to me), and I'm not a ...more
Gina Boyd
Mar 14, 2012 Gina Boyd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marriage isn't everything, is it? This book is funny and fun, and even when the story gets sad, neither the author nor the protagonist take things too seriously--both acknowledge that things could always be worse, and that's pretty refreshing. The book shows that love and marriage are of course important, and that they're some of life's Very Big Deals, but it also shows that they aren't the only things that matter to women, and that it's very much okay for that to be the case.

I'm looking forwar
Aug 29, 2010 ara133photography rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Love this book! The main character realizes things are not as they should be, and has to try to figure out what she wants in life. Really great characters; very funny wit; one of those books I read years ago and still talk about to this day. I loved the character descriptions and development - Knight made the main character so relatable I feel as though she's one of my good friends. Definitely in my top 3 'chick lit' type books - and though it's not a huge novel, there's quite a bit packed in.
Nov 29, 2011 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant book, extremely funny and very well written, I couldn't put this book down until I'd finished it and my only complaint would be that I finished it too soon and I would have liked it to be twice as long. India Knight has such an "adulty", unique way of putting things, she's very observant about everyday life and isn't afraid to talk about things that most people are too scared to even think about. Very down to earth and it was great that she addressed problems like being on the podgy ...more
Oct 25, 2009 Feral rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I kind of enjoyed this book. The protagonist is smart and funny, but, I don't know, a little too straight? No that can't be it - there's some stuff in the beginning with women sniping at other women that I almost didn't make it past, but after a little time, the journey of the character emerges, and it's pretty honest. I find that I need funny books, and this one had enough wit to carry me through the parts I didn't much relate to - fashion and body image and such.
May 13, 2013 Debra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-general
I'd call this chick lit. Clara Hunt is 33, married for 8 years and the mum (she's British) to 2 beautiful little boys. Her husband makes lots of money and pays for everything. He's handsome and smart and never goes to the loos in front of her. And yet, something's not quite right. Oh, they "potter along" together, but Clara senses something is missing--right up until the day Robert tells her he's leaving her.
Honestly, I had trouble keeping my attention on the story. I found it to be really predictable and longer than necessary... and I despise the ending. I did listen to the audio version, so that may have impacted my reading experience, but compared to other chick lit books, I found this one to be less-than-amusing and dry.
Melanie Winter
I didn't like the book at first, but the more I read, the better I enjoyed the book. The main character isn't likeable and that was a struggle. This was a book club book chosen by Laura PC. Not many had read it because it was hard to get ahold of. But the ones who had read it agreed with me. One person really didn't like it (Laura R). But all kind of compared it to Bridget Jones Diary.
Ross Williams
I could not put this book down. I read it cover to cover on a train journey with tears dripping down my face... it is hysterical. India Knight writes with such vision into everyday life, if you are a “normal” mother – you’ll feel you are looking in a mirror reading this book. A MUST for chic-lit fans, and a hysterical look at modern life for everyone else.
Feb 11, 2012 Cerys rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2008
A bittersweet read, I did wonder how much of Clara was really India, after all they do say that first novels are often largely biographical. I discovered India Knight through Neris & India's Idiot Proof diet but have never read any of her fiction before. I enjoyed this and found myself relating to more than I felt comfortable with.
After 5 chapters, I can't bear the thought of finishing this book. The main character dislikes her husband, her children and herself. It was 5 chapters long of Self loathing. And I'm not invested enough in her to care. I don't accept this type of Self sabotage from my friends so I'm definitely not going to sit through this entire book. I have better things to do and read.
Mrs. Engel-Unruh
Mar 06, 2010 Mrs. Engel-Unruh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a thirty-something woman with a husband and two small children, this book scratched me where I itched. I consumed the book in one day and immediately passed it on to my friends in the same phase of life as I. I've lost track of who has the book now, as it is being passed around from one cul-de-sac to another. The book made me realize that it's okay and normal not to have it all together!
Aug 01, 2008 Gina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
May 2011: Third listen, and I still laughed out loud. I should buy myself a copy of the bound book.
April 2010: This is my second listen, and I'm still laughing out loud.
May 2008: Screamingly funny.
Dec 06, 2007 Britta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"No children would ever be born if one approached the whole subject with any kind of logic."

"He made me a mother and I will always be grateful; he could murder me now and I'd still say thank you for that. But then he took something away from me: his desire; my old self."
I liked the author's style - a very funny book and enjoyable characters, well-drawn. Unfortunately, she isn't a great plotter, so the story is a little thin. It's a quick read and entertaining but I was hoping for more.
Fiona Caven
Jan 29, 2017 Fiona Caven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. As I am of a similar age to the author I could relate a lot to the issues covered in this book. I had a few laugh out loud moments. The book was well written with serious issues tackled in a humerous and thoughtful manner.
Jul 29, 2007 Wendy rated it it was amazing
This was the first 'chick lit' book I read, and I loved it. It made me laugh out loud - finally someone had written a book that was about my life!

However....I have to say that I find the genre rather tired now. They all have the same tone, and very similar main characters.
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India Knight is a British journalist. Her novels have been translated into 28 languages.

Knight, a native French speaker, lived in Brussels until about the time she turned nine. After migrating to the United Kingdom, she was educated in London. She was awarded an exhibition to Trinity College, Cambridge, where she read Modern Languages from 1984-1987, before starting her career in journalism.

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