I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it gave me plenty of laughs when I was very much in need of them. Kitty Flanagan is one of my favourite comedians. Reading Bridge Burning & other hobbies was like enjoying a stand-up routine in print – and every bit as funny!
The first time I came across Kitty Flanagan was on Channel 10’s The Project, where she presented a regular, and very entertaining, social commentary segment.
You may also know her as the over-bearing media director, Rhonda Stewart, from the ABC’s Utopia or as her (far less over-bearing) self on The Weekly with Charlie Pickering and Have You Been Paying Attention?.
Bridge Burning & other hobbies is not an autobiography. It’s not even really a memoir. It’s a collection of stories from Kitty’s life that has the sort of loose narrative arc you’d expect in a comedy show.
She meanders through stories of ill-fated sleepovers from her childhood, to her tendency to move interstate rather than properly break up with a boyfriend in her 20s, to the minefield that is internet dating in her 40s.
This is a great alternative if you (sob, sob) can’t attend the Melbourne International Comedy Festival this year (where Kitty Flanagan will also be performing). If you CAN go, grab a ticket to her show – ‘Smashing’ – here (10-22 April 2018).