“My own story is shocking, funny, tragic, lucky as ****, and of course, messy. Very, very messy.” Amanda de Cadenet
You hear the name Amanda de Cadenet, and you know you’ve heard it before. You just can’t place it. That’s what I thought when I heard about Amanda’s new book of essays, IT’S MESSY: On Boys, Boobs and Badass Women (HarperWave). Then I remembered: she was Courtney Love’s BFF for a minute, she had a very popular British television chat show, which was all the rage and she booked some of the hottest celebs: Lady Gaga, Sarah Silverman, Jane Fonda, Gwyneth Paltrow and Hillary Clinton, or Hillz, as Amanda calls her.
IT’S MESSY is a collection of thirteen essays, where readers learn ALL about Amanda – the good, bad, dark and dirty! Her first husband was John Taylor, the bassist for DURAN DURAN, at the height of the band’s success. She absolutely loves KEE-AHN-NU who was her first love-at-first-sight guy. And she knows Keanu will hate being mentioned in her book.
Amanda shares hard-won advice she’s gained through her experiences as businesswoman, friend, wife, and mother. Through it all, she offers an original perspective as a feminist on the front lines of celebrity culture, and she loves to write about her vagina. Edgy, irreverent, poignant and provocative, IT’S MESSY addresses the issues, concerns, and experiences relevant to women today. It’s Amanda’s attempt to help us figure out how we tick and feel less alone. It’s fun, chatty and she definitely has a unique voice. Reading IT’S MESSY is kind of like taking a bubble bath with a flute of champagne.
Amanda de Cadenet is a creative force with a lifelong career in the media. She began as a host on British television at the age of fifteen and became a sought-after photographer shortly after—as a result her impressive photography career already spans nearly twenty years. She is the youngest woman ever to shoot a Vogue cover and has photographed many of the most influential figures in popular and political culture. As a media entrepreneur, Amanda is the creator of The Conversation, a series that showcases her in-depth interviews on real topics with celebrated women. The series has aired in eighteen countries and is featured online, with over ten million viewers. In January 2016, Amanda conducted an exclusive one-on-one interview with presidential candidate Secretary Clinton. In February 2016, Amanda launched #Girlgaze, a digital media company utilizing user submitted content and highlighting the work of women Gen Z photographers and directors. (Get all that?)
Thanks to TLC Book Tours and Harper Wave, we have one copy of IT’S MESSY to giveaway. Just tell us your favorite talk show, or if you like me, radio show. I love THE WORLD on NPR. Good luck. We’ll announce a winner next week.