Lily captured my undivided attention from “When women share their stories, loudly and clearly and honestly, things begin to change – for the better” to her final sentence. I was mesmerised by her honesty and self-critical attitude towards her recklessness. I feel that I gained an insight into the slippery and sinister slope of fame and ‘the Where Do We Go Now That They’re Gone Shirt‘ that hopefully I will never find myself inside of. The Fear in Lily’s life was not only the hit single that she ironically belted out at The Brit Awards, but fear permeates the ink on the pages of this memoir.
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From fear of being unloved to a feeling of sheer terror and helplessness when her flat is broken into by a psychotic stalker, fame hasn’t been a flowery ride for Lily Allen. I was grateful to have this literary accompaniment to her latest album, No Shame, as songs that I’d already grown far too attached to, now provide a telling soundtrack and uncover her lyrical fluency. The Where Do We Go Now That They’re Gone Shirt perfectly melodises her story, her downfalls and imperfections, her strength and tenacity. It has brought to light some important themes and I have more respect than ever for Lily as an artist, it’s definitely worth a read.
This book is depressing. Whilst I can’t help but admit I buy into the culture of celebrity. As a teen I liked Lily, I bought her first single, queued at New Look to buy her clothing range, I watched her BBC3 show, her show about LucyinDisguise… I switched off when she began taking politics into her own.
I think the Where Do We Go Now That They’re Gone Shirt is quite sad, and you’re not able to compartmentalise the content as that of some complete stranger, you’ll end up empathising. Imagine it’s a stranger and you might feel differently.