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Woke: A Guide to Social Justice

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  378 ratings  ·  84 reviews
In Woke, Titania McGrath demonstrates how everybody can play their part in the pursuit of social justice. As a millennial icon on the forefront of online activism, Titania is uniquely placed to guide her readers through the often bewildering array of terminology and concepts that constitute twenty-first-century 'wokeness'. These new ideas often leave the general public bemused, ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Constable
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Tom Norford
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilariously enough, the Guardian gave this a rather sniffy review, totally unrelated I'm sure to the fact that the book lampoons a number of their self important columnists.
Chad
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour
And while some of her ideas sound beyond far-fetched, the real scary thing is that there are actually people out there that share some of these views. She peppers her book with quotes from real-live activists and social justice warriors. The genocide of all man had it own hashtag (#KillAllMen), and the chapter (titled Androcaust) begins with a quote from the feminist activist Sally Miller Gearhart:

The proportion of men must be reduced to and maintained at approximately 10% of the human race.

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Anthony Nesbitt
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
'Can I feel your pain?'. No thanks, that's my problem not yours. Thankfully Andrew Doyle took my pain at race and gender ID politics, straw manning and PC away. And I didn't need to make an NHS appointment. Right for the time.
Nick
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
🤣🤣🤣 Brilliant. I am now WokeAF. And am suitabily ashamed of my white, cis-gender toxic masculinity 👍
Gabriel Lemy
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a rightly done satire by someone who obviously took careful time to study how the SJW's mind works. It's sometimes so close to reality that it doesn't even sounds like a satire, which is a little scary and probably explains why the Guardian didn't like the book so much. The author exposes in a grandiose and hilarious way the contradictions and sophisms of the "woke" left (Whoever follows Titania on Twitter will understand what I mean). This book should be given as a gift to all your ...more
ColinJ
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hilarious, as well as a worrying indication of what's to come as satire becomes reality at record speed.
Sandra
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: funny, culture, favorites
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Titania is a goddess of (social) justice.
Dr Brown
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Being a cis-heterosexual male, after reading this, I'm committing suicide. (if I don't die of laughter)
Jasper Burns
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics, humor
“My name is Titania Gethsemane McGrath. I am a radical intersectionalist poet committed to feminism, social justice and armed peaceful protest.”

Well, that start pretty much sums up the hilarity to come. Titania McGrath (real name Andrew Boyle?) strikes me as a new Dave Barry for the social media’s age, at least this book reminds me of “Dave Barry Slept Here,” the last brilliant piece of satire I’ve read of the same quality. Titania manages to encapsulate the double-think prevalent in
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Mark
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very funny book - get it now and in paper form before Amazon ban it or delete it from your Kindle
John
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Almost as funny as Laurie Penny’s books

Satire for those who find wokeness baffling. Can be read in an afternoon. Perhaps a stocking filler around Christmas time.
Stephen Theaker
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Nathan Barley for the Twitter age.
Hristos Dagres
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book, although written on a lighter tone, has nothing to do with fun! It is not funny! OK, I understand that certain phrases, in their hyperbole, resembles a satire, but it is not a satirical book.

This is a WAKE UP call! There is not a single page of this book that didn't make me think "OMG ... there are people out there who actually BELIEVE these things - and if they had the guts they would had been outspoken preachers of Titania's doctrines".

PS The last chapter of the book about jokes a
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Adam Yoshida
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant and Enlightening

In this engaging book, the author takes up the important work of telling us what to think based upon things that she once read on Buzzfeed.
Ian
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fucking brilliant!
Tim Lowe
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Phenomenal!

I haven't been this enlightened since Lois Cook's awe inspiring The Gallant Gallstone. A must read for the unwoke and uneducated.
Andrew Shaffer
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The poetry is so bad I skipped it. Is that effective satire?
Naing Lin
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Terrific and Terrifying aside from some parts seem to be exaggerating.
Derpa
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-jam, non-fiction
The craziest thing about this is while the book itself is satire... the quotes "Titania" uses to justify her brand of crazy are real. It's entertaining and I am also amazed by how fucking insane Laurie Penny, Sally Miller Gearhart and the like are. And they are celebrated for it! Something to think about.
Teresa Torres
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found my self noding through the whole book. A must read. Titania is truly "a healer, a weaver of dreams".
Richard S
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was ok

Occasionally Titania's Twitter feed hits the mark as she parodies certain Orwellian aspects of the outraged left, but this book is just too tedious; her humor is expressed much better in tweets than written out as a sort of philosophy. The poetry is by far the best part of it - not even sure how to classify it - but it's in a world of itself, almost as if a different person is writing, and it separates the author from the usual left-bashing fare. Maybe it's some kind of new Rabelasian sensibilit
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Robert Cubitt
Mar 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: satire, comedy
Spoiler alert. If you don't already know, Titania McGrath doesn't actually exist. This book is a satire written by Doctor Andrew Doyle. He created Titania on Twitter to parody the sort of “woke” activists that may be found there in abundance.

I am going to refer to Titania McGrath as the author most of the time, rather than Andrew Doyle. It is just easier than having to explain that it is Titania that is speaking rather than Doyle himself. I have no idea what Doyle’s actual beliefs ar
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David Robertson
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: humour, politics
Having greatly enjoyed 'Titania's" spoof Twitter posts I was really looking to this book.  Sadly it does not live up to the hype.  Yes there are occasional bursts of brilliant humour but overall it came across to me as limited, repetitive and crude.  I just got bored with it.  I'll stick to the tweets. It's a shame because there was great potential here. 
Lonks
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fucking hilarious.
Jack Sargood
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Riotously funny, blends the line between satire and truth to the point that it’s almost indistinguishable.
Carl Buckfield
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious book written by Andrew Doyle under the persona of Titania McGrath. Excellent execution of satire to critique 'wokeness' by highlighting it's absurdities, inconsistencies, and blindspots.
Matt
Apr 18, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5*

Some hilarious feminist bashing, supported by equally hilarious and genuine quotes from the rad fems.
Greg
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
A lot of the satire in this book isn't really funny, because it sounds a little too on the mark to some things that "woke" people would actually say. Such as, "the right-wing commentariat has, inevitably, argued that we have created a culture in which due process has been reversed, and men are presumed guilty from the outset. Good. I believe all women under all circumstances." There are "woke" people who actually believe this and it isn't funny. It's actually pretty frightening.

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Lilibet
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Essential reading in order to understand modern society or, more specifically, the generation inculcated by post-modernist teaching. Andrew Doyle, the man behind the woke, right little madam on Twitter that is Titania McGrath, captures her ilk’s egregious ignorance and downright spitefulness with laugh-out-loud humour and wit. Indeed, he is on to her in a big way, from the wanton defiance of logic in her supercilious pronouncements to her blagging her way out of the corners she backs herself int ...more
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