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Woke

A Guide to Social Justice
Narrated by: Alice Marshall
Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
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Summary

In Woke, Titania McGrath demonstrates how everybody can play their part in the pursuit of social justice. As a millennial icon on the forefront of online activism, Titania is uniquely placed to guide her listeners through the often bewildering array of terminology and concepts that constitute 21st-century 'wokeness'. These new ideas often leave the general public bemused, particularly if they don't read the Guardian.  

Being woke is actually much easier than people think. As Titania demonstrates, anyone can be an activist. By simply adding a rainbow flag to your Facebook profile, or calling out an elderly person who doesn't understand what 'nonbinary' means, you can change the world for the better. Indeed, social media has now made it possible to show how virtuous you are without having to do anything at all.  

Timely and indispensable, Titania's step-by-step guide will help you to become the woke person you need to be in an increasingly progressive world. In a non-patronising manner, Titania will explain why you are wrong about everything and how to become more like her.

©2019 Titania McGrath (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"The book everyone's talking about." (The Times)

"Beautiful classic satire." (Ricky Gervais)

"Hilarious...the most artful form of subtle parody." (Joe Rogan)

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Classic T McGrath

I’ve heard about TM although I don’t waste my time with twitter. Thought I would check out this book and it didn’t disappoint. TM puts forward some very convincing arguments, so much so, that I am now considering coming out as non-binary. I also realised that even though I don’t say or think racist things, as a hetro, White male - I probably AM still racist, and it’s something I need to deal with. Thanks for ‘outing’ me!

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Worryingly true

Perfectly encapsulates those Woke views which are on the ascendancy and gaining dominance in so many areas of modern society. Extremely funny but worryingly true. The slam poetry is spot on and reminds me of those awful verses of Kate Tempest.

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Needs a tv series

Passed the six-laugh test for me during the five minute preview, and is just full of brilliant, pseudo-progressive lines like "He-Man was at least progressive enough to announce his pronouns." She's a modern-day Nathan Barley.

It's made me want to be less judgemental, and ironically, since it takes the mickey out of her mercilessly, it got me thinking about my review of a Laurie Penny novella, which I dismissed entirely because of its ageism and other problematic elements.

Much as I enjoyed this book, though, half of the joke is missing, and that's the maniacal right-wingers on Twitter who take the bait and start ranting and raving at Titania. She cuts both ways but we only see one side of it here.

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Charming, hilarious, sometimes obvious

The skill of the writing is amazing, the irony just feels sometimes a bit too preachy. Poems are hilarious and some things stand out as timeless classic lines

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Hilarious

This book is so well written, and you can see why so many po-faced liberals AND proper conservatives got sucked in by it. I especially love the mocking of slam-poetry and the actress reading it NAILS the part.

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Literally the worst book I have ever read.

I think it is supposed to be funny and ironic, but it came across as arrogant, crude and just plain stupid. I will be returning this and I regret wasting time listening to this nonsense!

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Terrific satire

Sadly some of this satirical material is not even as bonkers as some real people’s world view. Whilst we do not have to accept the world totally as it is and the need for improving the world and oneself is a laudable aim, to distort reality as those people parodied by this book do is not merely laughable, but potentially frightening.

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quite amusing

it's quite amusing but struggled to get through it. It's a bit silly after a while

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A magnificent work of satire

A powerful parody of the woke phenomenon. Clever, insightful and genuinely funny throughout. Also, the narrator does a fine job - this is one of those books which needs to be performed in a particular style and Alice Marshall nails it.

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  • 27-01-20

Both funny and scary

It's a strange experience reading "Woke". On the one hand I was laughing like a hyena at the perfectly on-point rantings of this brillient comic creation. At the same time, the real-life quotes from real-life leftwing activists liberally sprinkled through the text: serve as a rather chilling reminder that there are large numbers of powerful, wealthy, well-connected people, who really do share every single piece of Titania's hateful, narracistic personality disorder. Realizing that Alexandria Occasio-Cortez, really did say being factually correct, wasn't as imporant as being "morally correct", makes you wonder if you *should* be laughing at this book, even as you find yourself unable to stop laughing.

You could re-print whole chapters from "Woke" word for word in the Guardian under the byline of any of their regular contributors, and no one would notice.

The narrator is particularly well chosen, and really bring Titania to life in all her vile glory.

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  • Tranque
  • 08-02-20

An Absolute Masterpiece of Wokeness

Whatever Alice Marshall was paid for reading this masterpiece will never be enough. “Titania” (Doyle) is a true genius and just about every line in this book is shockingly hilarious, but Marshall’s reading transformed it into something ... otherworldly. Titania’s slam poetry is beyond hilarious in print ... but tumbling off Marshall’s tongue it is ... well ... there are no words to express it. You just have to listen, then once you do you will instantly understand why I came up short of enough appropriate adjectives to actually do Alice’s work justice.

I normally listen to audiobooks while out walking. As I was loathe to turn this particular audiobook off I arrived home exhausted and with sore feet after extending my walks well beyond my usual.

And — in case you’re wondering — even here in Japan Titania McGrath is f*cking hilarious.

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  • Jodie Brennan
  • 11-02-20

Hilariously true!

This book points out everything wrong with the world in a funny and most offensive way. I love it! Everyone should listen to it and see how stupid they sound!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-01-20

I can't get thur the second chapter.

Alt left junk. I listened for another view point. very offensive. egotistical crap. Yes there is racism in the world this doesn't help. We all need to be responsible for the world as it is and change it. This book will not help anything just dive people away

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-02-20

Funny as he'll!!!

Would have laughed more.... but some think like this! This book is awesome. Thank you.

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  • Kenny
  • 09-02-20

Loved it.

Very clever. Had me laughing the entire book. The poetry was truly wonderful. I wish Titania Great success in her future work.



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  • Rolf Hartmann
  • 06-02-20

The Greatest Book Ever Written

I can't wait to start reading this, but as with the Oscars familiarity is hardly needed to judge and review. Titania (muh Queen!!) has the most intersectional points of anyone, and thus zir's art is by far the best.

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  • Rodrigo Otavio Moraes
  • 05-02-20

you can't tell the difference about reality.

it's a great work. reality and fiction together, creeping on the realms of discourse.

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  • DanthaMan
  • 16-02-20

Hilarious!

This book is fantastic. It may be one of the best satirical books I have read in years. A must read for anyone who wants to be truly Woke

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  • Richard G Ford
  • 08-02-20

Uncompromising

I thought I was WOKE
I now know I have work to do!
Stay Woke

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  • Floyd
  • 27-03-20

Absolutely Brilliant!

Andrew Doyle's book is some of the most biting and hilarious political satire I've ever come across. Gave this book a while after hearing Doyle on Joe Rogan's podcast. Far from a far right pundit, Doyle critically examines some the most fashionable precepts cultural appropriation, identify politics, and how we have come to define activism with insight that will inspire thought and humor that will literally make you pull your car over so you don't crash it because you are too busy laughing to drive.

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