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Book: THE FAT BAG stuck between a rock cake & a hard plaice by Pearl Barley

Book: THE FAT BAG stuck between a rock cake & a hard plaice by Pearl Barley

categories: Book, Slimming, Humorous, Food, Entertaining, Memoir, Lifestyle, Funny Book, Dieting


Pearl Barley

about this book: Roll up, Roll, not literally. I'm here to tell you about my amusing book entitled The FAT BAG stuck between a rock cake & a hard plaice (yes, 'plaice' spelt like the fish), packed full of cliches and puns. It's a play on words that depicts the dieter's struggle. The title alone should give the reader a hint of what to expect.

We go on guilt trips everytime we dare to enjoy a meal not conducive to Weight Watchers or Slimming World's manuals, and far from being lazy couch potatoes or greedy so-and-so's, those in the know, know how hard it is to lose weight and keep it off. I've struggled with my wieght all my adult life, and of course I've lost weight loads of times. I just can't KEEP IT OFF! And I know I'm not alone.

I created this book from diary entries kept over the years, so all the content is true even if the rants may be slightly exaggerated, but I wanted it to appeal to the masses, those with weight issues and those without.

I made up the chapters (also a play on words) with titles that include "This Little Piggie Went to Town", "Not All Menus Are Created Equal", "Turkey, Trimmings & All The Stuffing" "Mind Over Platter" and "My Cup Runneth Over" and I am assured by those who appreciate my work that they are hilarious in places but serious in others.

Essentially it's about my love of food and aversion to exercise. I found it very therapeutic writing it in the year it took me, and after I'd finished it, I started on the sequel, which is currently in the pipeline.

Aptly described as Bridget Jones' Diary-esque (and it's an honour to be so associated), the humour and honesty are what most readers and reviewers have highlighted. All in all it's an amusing read on a issue that many can relate to. But please note, there are no dieting tips or reasonable dieting advice to be found within these pages. Just a diatribe telling it like it really is!

I have seen many a book on dieting by the experts, but I've never seen one written from the dieter's point of view, with the human aspect thrown in, so I wrote one myself. I'm overweight and have been for many years and THE FAT BAG is in effect the story of my life. I've always dreamt that one day I will achieve that slim figure, although reality and the lack of will-power tells me to "dream on". I can at least share my woes with others who can empathise with my plight and have a chuckle at my expense.

So if it's an amusing read you're after, curl up with a packet of biscuits...and enjoy!

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