Le plume de ma tante
While I’m not strictly the demographic for this satirical text, I am concerned my nephews are growing up sexist because they play football and objectify Little Mix. Having read this book to check it isn’t too offensive for preteen boys who have access to the internet, I think it’s safe to buy them a copy and let Titania, in her humble wisdom and sincerity, explain the gender pregnancy gap and why white people are so fragile about being called racist, far more eloquently than I possibly could.
This book is a hilarious, fast-paced take on the burning issues of today through the lens of a poetry slam champion, gender polemicist, willing to take on the patriarchy and the endemic racism in white people. “ I have always found white people to be completely unnecessary”.
Titania is delightfully earnest in sincerity, idolising Joan of Arc- a feminist, a child drag artist, badgers, Greta Thurnburg, and the satorial choices of Prince Harry’s stylist, Megan Markle, although Titania’s “inclusive” plan of “transitioning to obesity” might be tough on her strictly vegan diet.
The nom de plume de ma tante
There are so many jokes packed into this book it’s difficult to know where to start. Some of Titania’s claims are hyperbolic, some are just daft, but she knows her public figures and uses facts to win arguments, it’s just her facts are always through the lens of comically progressive politics. I could disappear down a feminist rabbit hole now as I tell you the book is written by a man, but I won’t. Well maybe.
In my hometown, a 19th century writer called Mary Ann Evans had trouble finding a publisher until she adopted a male nom de plume, George Eliot. People read her books under the impression a man wrote those novels, and enjoyed them. Similarly, I think there is nothing sexist about a man writing with a female pseudonym, if anything I think Titania would heartily approve, although she would probably prefer if author Andrew Doyle was further marginalized, perhaps if he was a refugee, or “retarded”, a word that cringingly the earnest Titania is “reclaiming”.
The sincerity of Titania is one of my favourite things about her, even if half her ideas are completely barmy. I recommend the audiobook because of the stereotypical Kensington-white-girl narration by Alison Marshall, who should get equal credit as Doyle, in my opinion, for her comedy timing and intonations. The slam poetry that closes the book left me breathless, sincerely, my tea came out my nose!
Titania is a wonderful womxn! Hear her roar! She is also a good reminder to not to always take myself too seriously, especially around sensitive topics like gender politics and race. After reading two books on race recently; addressing modern day anti Semitism and Nation of Islam-a-phobia, Titania McGrath is the perfect tonic.