I Carried a Watermelon: Dirty Dancing and Me (Hardback)
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I Carried a Watermelon: Dirty Dancing and Me (Hardback)

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A radical reappraisal of the cinematic behemoth that is Dirty Dancing, Katy Brand’s deliriously dotty book repositions the movie as a pioneering work of gender politics and socially conscious filmmaking. Through personal testimony and the critiques of other superfans, I Carried a Watermelon seeks to accord the iconic 80s classic the critical respect it deserves.

'Massively enjoyable' - Dawn French

I Carried a Watermelon is a love story to Dirty Dancing. A warm, witty and accessible look at how Katy Brand's life-long obsession with the film has influenced her own attitudes to sex, love, romance, rights and responsibilities.

It explores the legacy of the film, from pushing women's stories to the forefront of commercial cinema, to its 'Gold Standard' depiction of abortion according to leading pro-choice campaigners, and its fresh and powerful take on the classic 'coming of age' story told from a naive but idealistic 17-year-old girl's point of view.

Part memoir based on a personal obsession, part homage to a monster hit and a work of genius, Katy will explore her own memories and experiences, and talk to other fans of the film, to examine its legacy as a piece of filmmaking with a social agenda that many miss on first viewing. One of the most celebrated and viewed films ever made is about to have the time of its life.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008352783
Number of pages: 252
Weight: 520 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 26 mm


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'It takes a true obsessive to open the mind especially to something one has always taken for granted. I knew I loved Dirty Dancing but I didn't know why. Now, thanks to Katy Brand's hilarious, touching, bonkersly true book, I do. One of the best reads of the year.' - Emma Thompson

'This is a book to massively enjoy (as I did) and then immediately hand on to your daughter (as I did)! I'm off to watch Dirty Dancing again immediately, and so will you when you read this gem.' - Dawn French

'An honest, moving, hilarious journey into how our youthful passions shape the people we become. Katy is the finest dance partner to take you on this journey.' - Shappi Khorsandi

'A joyous, funny, personal page-turner. I read it in one sitting.' - Deborah Frances-White, The Guilty Feminist

'...a witty, endearing and surprisingly political take on her lifelong obsession with Dirty Dancing' - The Bookseller

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Ann Noddles at Durham

“Weekend away at Kellermans.”

I loved this book about such a memorable film. It covered so many issues that you wouldn't expect from such a film and I would never say watch the film first and then buy the book but in this instance you must.... More

Hardback edition
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“It's a sheer delight.”

Did you wear out copies of Dirty Dancing on video by constantly rewinding and watching your favourite scenes? Did you end up making your records of the soundtracks jump because you were copying some of the dance... More

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“Absolutely brilliant”

If like me you love Dirty Dancing and were borderline obsessed (I wore my sparkly silver dance shoes everywhere) then this book is for you. Katy Brand sums up the movie and why she loves it perfectly, I was smiling... More

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