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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

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"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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  • 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 brilliant 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, narcissistic personality disorder. Realizing that Alexandria Occasio-Cortez, really did say that being factually correct, wasn't as important 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 brings Titania to life in all her vile glory.

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Newly awoken

If you struggle with self acceptance, this book is for you. Through the very worthy veil of intersectionality you will learn whether you're even worth accepting. Titania has a mastery to help shed light on your inherent flaws. I wasted years trying to accept myself for who I was. Now, as a fluid ecosexual, I can finally accept myself for who I should be, not who I am.

Thank you Titania for 'waking me' from my micro-aggressive self-serving slumber. May the Jack Boot of your wokeness finally wipe out the tyranny of cis-gendered hetero-normativity and anyone with the Audacity to be simply 'white'.

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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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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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An Orgy of Satire

Rarely do I listen to a book, squirming with discomfort, raging at the honesty, nodding with recognition and laughing my head off all in the same vein. Whilst this is masterclass of satire, it lifts the mirror to the face of complete lunacy perpetuated by the hysteria of leftwing dominated dogma.

They can't beat your argument, so instead they seek to divide with identity politics, change the rules / meaning of the English language, make new words up or delete words altogether. If you don't listen to this and fear the future, then you're culturally lost and it may be too late to save you.

Sooth your soul afterwards with a little bit of common sense and little bit of Dr Jordan Peterson.

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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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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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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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Laughed so hard I was nearly sick

A very clever piece of satire, it was delivered effortlessly by Alice Marshall - if you heard snippets out of context you'd be forgiven for thinking it was real.

Showing my age, I haven't come across anything this good since Brass Eye or Friday Night Armistice, and as I remainer I even got to have a laugh at my own expense

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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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  • 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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  • Andrew Parchman
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-02-20

Platinum Grade Satire

Indistinguishable from the psychotic preaching of actual SJWs. Every 3 minutes I listened to contained at least one glaringly hypocritical but nonetheless completely accurate pronouncement of what it means to be progressive according to the Left. Only thru this kind of satire did I get a solid grasp of how toxic this concept of woke really is.

Just fucking read/listen to it. And no matter which side you're on, if you're offended, remind yourself it is satire.

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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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  • Brofessor
  • 08-02-20

Uncompromising

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

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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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  • orion
  • 10-03-20

Feeling more diverse already!

If it wasn't for Titania McGrath, I'd be adrift, completely unaware of my privilege. I am now taking steps to atone for the original sin of being white using the knowledge and slam poetry found in this repository of knowledge.

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