Miranda Hart writes advice book for youngsters
Comedian Miranda Hart's book Is It Just Me? will be 'a rallying cry against the unexpected pitfalls and horrors of growing up'
Miranda Hart, who has spoken in the past about suffering from chronic shyness, is writing an advice guide to youngsters about growing up.
The book by the comedy actress, which will be called Is It Just Me? will be published by Hodder & Stoughton in October 2012.
The publishers described the book "as a rallying cry against the unexpected pitfalls and horrors of growing up" adding that the 38-year-old: "will be drawing on her life experiences and offering her younger self some much needed advice on how to cope with life’s rocky paths, whether it’s resisting unforgivable fashion choices, learning how to identify the distressing new epidemic of extreme motherhood, knowing what not to do when on a date, or lamenting the fact that getting past midnight at a social event has become distressing at 38."
Hart, who admitted in the past that she suffered from agoraphobia and anxiety, says that some of her comedy has "definitely come from dark times . . .that feeling of generally not quite being at one with the world, of not fitting in."
She once said: "I think, for a shy person – and I was very shy until my mid-20s – having been to an all-girls' school is not brilliant on the boyfriend front later. Because when I went to university, it was definitely like meeting a new species of people. Suddenly, at age 19, I was thinking: can you speak to these people? I was very, very nervous . . . it took me a lot longer to feel comfortable in my body, and in myself, than others."
Publisher Hannah Black told The Bookseller: "Miranda is an exceptionally gifted comic writer and performer, with a gleeful eye for self-mockery that is both hilarious and unifying—and typically British. We're very proud to be publishing such a major talent and all-round brilliant woman."
In 2010 she won the Best Comedy Performance award from the Royal Television Society for her performance in Miranda.