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Brought to you by Penguin.

Music, fame and a lifelong friendship.

In the early '80s, best friends Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward arrived at the YWCA in London, with their sights set on careers in journalism and the media...but that wasn’t to be.

London was the most vibrant and culturally innovative of places, and within the whirl of clubs, parties and new friends, a chance meeting with former Sex Pistol Paul Cook changed everything. Moving into Malcolm McLaren’s old office, they started rehearsing and singing background vocals for Paul’s new band before teaming up with Sara’s college friend Siobhan and forming their own group.

It wasn’t long before they’d made their first appearance on Top of the Pops, wearing clothes they’d made themselves and not sure which camera to look at. Who could have imagined that this would be the birth of one of the biggest-selling female bands of all time? Bananarama!

From a groundbreaking performance at The Brits, to sold-out world tours, party games with George Michael, hanging out with Andy Warhol in New York and a Guinness World Record, Bananarama’s DIY-style and attitude inspired a generation, obliterating all previous notions of what a girl band was or could be. Whether opening up about the challenges of making it in a male-dominated industry, balancing motherhood and fame, the hairstyles and TV interviews they’d rather forget, or the joys of writing and recording new music, Sara and Keren are honest, revealing and hilarious. 

Really Saying Something is the story of two friends who continue to pursue their dreams their way - and have a great time doing it. It is a celebration of determination and a lifelong friendship, with an unbeatable soundtrack.

©2020 Keren Woodward (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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A fun listen

Unlike many audio books this is made more fun due to the ladies breaking script for funny asides and fits of giggles. This made for a feeling of friendship and a chat between mates reminiscing about good times as well as a detailed look at Bananaramas career.
I really enjoyed the girls story and would recommend this audio book. I wasn’t a massive fan of the music but as an 80s kid this book reminded me of many good times.

Recommended 👍🏻

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Banananono

Truly dull, an endless list of name dripping and self celebration, pointless anecdotes dray narrated

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A story of life long friendship and pop brilliance

Loved this book, I highly recommend 5 stars
Bananarama are the soundtrack to my life and learned so much about my favourite band

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Amazing story of Friendship

Heartfelt and genuine. Emotional. I want a best friend like that. A fantastic story

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Brilliant

My favourite audible purchase. I bought the book too, but love hearing Sara and Keren narrate (and their asides and frequent cracking up) that make it a joy from start to finish. I heard a rumour it was brilliant and it is!

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Meh

Lovely to hear them talk about their career but it would have been nice to hear more about the music and what it was like for them to be ladies in the music industry. It’s just about their celeb friends and nights out.

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Infectious

Absolutely enjoyed listening to both Sara & Keren reading the book. The infectious laughing at each other during reading was wonderful.

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A fascinating insight into the life of Bananarama

Most enjoyable and humorous insight into the lives of these two great women of pop! Sharing reading duties they offer a wealth of anecdotes and memories that flesh out their fascinating friendship from little day-dreaming girls in the 70s to the strong, independent women they are today. What I particularly enjoyed are the sniggers, laughs and witty comments they pepper throughout the reading - something you’d not get from the printed book. It just gives it a more relaxed and friendlier environment in which to listen. Highly recommended!

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Loved this book in the first degree

Hearing the girls read this in front of each other felt like a real treat to experience a small element of what is quite a special, unique and beautiful relationship. Thank you for sharing your stories.

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ok, but!

interesting and fun but good god I lost interest in the endless references to clubs they've spent they're lives in.

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  • Misti stolp
  • 25-09-21

Their great

Being a Bananarama fan, this book was great. Going back in time with their story’s of LA to the present time.

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  • 19-07-21

Really saying nothing

I’m a huge fan. I have loved Bananarama since the very beginning. Sara and Keren do a great job telling non-stories. Every story is filled with the famous people they met. The exclusive clubs they went to. The rapturous receptions they received but no substance. I enjoyed the giggling banter but I don’t really know anymore about them. A whole chapter on their friendship with George Michael, he was generous and kind but nothing on Keren’s marriage to Andrew Ridgely. They talk a lot about being women in a male dominated business but don’t really give any details. The last line Keren utters feels like a dig. All in all a big miss.

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  • Dr susan anderson
  • 20-03-21

They really said it!

Just loved how keren & sarah are so playful as they read. Its truly like they are having a real chat with one another and the reader over a cocktail. #whatajoy!