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Blatchford, Christie.

Toronto, Totem Books, 1987. 148pp, paper, $4.95, ISBN 0-00-217896-6. Distributed by Collins. CIP

Grades 10 and up
Reviewed by Joan McGrath

Volume 16 Number 3
1988 May

She's sometimes coarse, often boisterously vulgar, and very, very funny. Christine Blatchford, as she is careful to point out, has industriously worked her way down the line from the prestigious Toronto Globe and Mail and the middle-of-the-road Toronto Star to flourish in the pages of the low-brow, extremely popular Toronto Sun. This collection of short pieces shares her unique reflections on life, childhood as a Noranda Rink Rat, love, issues and events, and people in particular, especially those nearest and dearest, including her admired parent (referred to herein as Rancid), and her husband The Boy.

She's always worth reading for her uncommon common sense, robust good humour, and easy, well-turned, felicitous style. As a model of the pleasantly casual occasional piece that reads so painlessly and is so darned hard to write, or just for the pure fun of it, Blatchford's book is deservedly a prize-winner.

Joan McGrath, Toronto Board of Education, Toronto, Ont.
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