Strong Female Character: The Sunday Times Bestseller by Fern Brady


Bookseller Review by Elle:

Far from your typical celebrity memoir – Fern has lived a life well worthy of writing about. From growing up in a psychiatric unit, to working as a stripper, to her catholic school trauma, multiple disastrous romantic relationships, and eventually finding fame as a comedian… Fern looks back at her experiences with new eyes as she comes to terms with her autism diagnosis as an adult.

The female autistic experience is still so poorly understood and under-represented, and whilst everyone has a different experience, Fern’s voice feels like a breath of fresh air to the discussion of the autistic experience, and the experience of being a neurodiverse woman in general. 

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This is a book about how being a woman gets in the way of people’s expectation of what autism should look like and, equally, how being autistic gets in the way of people’s expectations of what a woman should look like. ‘Strong Female Character’ is a game-changing memoir on sexism and neurodiversity. Fern Brady will use her voice as a neurodivergent, working-class woman from Scotland to bring issues such as sex work, abusive relationships and her time spent in teenage mental health units to the page. It will take a sledgehammer to the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope which is mistakenly applied to neurodiverse women. It will also look at how her lack of regard for social expectations ultimately meant she surpassed any limitations of what a Scottish working-class woman can do.

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