The Lucy Family Alphabet

Judith Lucy

The Lucy Family Alphabet
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The Lucy Family Alphabet

Judith Lucy

Lucy has always used stories about her extraordinary family as material for her one woman shows. Her mother was afraid of water and shampoo, ate only cream-cheese and raspberry cordial and refused to let Judith go swimming or turn off any appliances. Her father wore makeup, loved car crashes and pretended to be retarded.


‘Comedian Judith Lucy has a voice. A distinctive voice, which you either adore with a devotion bordering on psychotic or loathe with an equally ferocious passion. I happen to find her voice absolutely marvellous, which is just as well since her debut novel The Lucy Family Alphabet is written in such patented Lucy style it’s simply impossible to get that aforementioned voice out of your head. Every dry aside is delivered in her punchy, droll fashion; each self-deprecating anecdote (and the book is abundant with them) archly related to the reader in a mode that is inimitably Judith’s. I am thankful for it, but if you’re not a fan don’t say I didn’t warn you.

The Lucy Family Alphabet is essentially a collection of personal memories broken down into alphabetised headings (A is for Alcohol, G is for Gladwrap etc), and doesn’t skirt around the more difficult recesses of adolescence and early adulthood. Lucy is raw and open about her family failings, and refreshingly unapologetic for any resulting neuroses. She is frank, brutal and - most pleasingly of all - piss funny. There should be more writers willing to go that extra mile and lay themselves bare, and to hell with the consequences. We are lucky to have such a voice in existence.

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