Helen Lederer: Not That I’m Bitter

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Helen Lederer: Not That I’m Bitter

20th June 2024

Helen Lederer was a regular on the stand-up circuit and new-wave sketch shows in the decade that launched the careers of today’s comedy household names and national treasures.

From the iconic Absolutely Fabulous to Bottom,  Happy Families,  Naked Video,  French and Saunders and Girls on Top; it is difficult to think of a comedy show that Helen wasn’t a part of. So… plain sailing then? Well, not really.

Not That I’m Bitter is a powerful, frank, moving and characteristically funny memoir, revealing exactly how choppy the waters could be. Even in those ground-breaking, anti-Thatcher, days there was only room at top for so many women. For the rest, it was as much a struggle to be seen and heard in the world of comedy as in any boardroom or workplace – and just as difficult to avoid the predators.