Now an adult (kind of), Debbie from Puberty Blues and her girlfriends reveal what women really talk about when there are no men around.
After breaking off with both her best friend and boyfriend in Byron, Debbie fled back to the suburbs, enduring her family’s sanctimonious ‘I told you so’s. But it wasn’t long before she was off again, this time to the inner-city world of punk rock, dodgy jobs, new friends and R-rated adventures.
It’s the colourful, kaleidoscopic 1980s, a time of perms, shoulder pads, Blondie and Bowie, prawn cocktails, fondue parties and mistaking promiscuity for feminism. Despite knowing that women spend more time thinking about what men are thinking than men spend thinking, Debbie and her friends continue to have their hearts and minds tested and broken by married men and misogynistic bosses. Her female friends are her human Wonderbras – uplifting and supportive. Only on a girls’ night out can they strip off to their emotional undies and reveal all …
With equal parts humour and pathos, Kathy Lette, one of the pioneering voices of contemporary feminism, exposes all the fun and foolish things we do when scrabbling to find our high-heeled feet in the world.