Big Night Out is a collection of short stories, recipes, song lists, illustrations and edited by Jessica Adams, Maggie Alderson, Nick Earls and Imogen Edwards-Jones. It was published to benefit the War Child charity.
Finished on: 25.11.2017
Big Night Out isn’t your typical short story collection. There really is a lot here that isn’t a short story at all, although the biggest part are short stories. I grabbed it for those (well, I grabbed it mostly for Jasper Fforde‘s short story in it), so I mostly skimmed through the other things, even though some very big names contributed various things (INXS, Steve Coogan, and Nick Hornby recommending songs? Anthony Stewart Head sharing a cocktail recipe? Joan Collins‘ beauty tips? Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, and Boy George detailing hangover cures? It’s all there). I did feel that the selection was made on the basis of the people in any case and not necessarily for the quality of their content. But hey, it is for charity after all. If you don’t buy it for the stories, but for the good deed, you’ll get what you expect.
After the jump, I will talk about the short stories in the collection separately and you can find the table of contents so you can see what else is in there.
Wendy Healy, Nico O’Neilly and Victory Ford are best friends. All three of them are very successful: Wendy is the head of Paradore Pictures, Nico runs Bonfire Magazine and Victory is a fashion designer. But success isn’t always a blessing, especially not for women. But between work and private problems, what the three of them can always count on is their friendship with each other.
I expected this book to be all fluff and pink and sugar. I was really surprised when it turned out that it wasn’t. While Bushnell takes a look at issues of a very small minority (rich, successful, USAmerican socialite women), it is nevertheless an honest and openly feminist look at their problems. In short, while I could rarely relate to these women, I did understand them and mostly enjoyed reading about them.