WHAT IS IT ABOUT GILMORE GIRLS THAT SO CAPTURES OUR IMAGINATION? Why do we love it so much? Is it the location, the magical town of Stars Hollow? The weird and wonderful characters, such as Luke and Lane, who inhabit it? The family and friendship dramas that are so very, very familiar? The phenomenal cast? Or is it simply the extraordinary mother–daughter dynamic that exists between Lorelai and Rory, the central characters? Actress Lauren Graham, who plays Lorelai in the series, touches on this and more in her new memoir, Talking as Fast as I Can, a series of essays reminiscing on her life and career before, during and after the original series. Graham’s wise-cracking, fast-paced style echoes that of the Gilmore Girls, famous for its sharp, funny (and speedy) dialogue – and that, in turn, pays more than a nod to early George Cukor and Billy Wilder movies.

Littered with popular culture references, quirky people and stellar music, Gilmore Girls resonates with so very many of us on a personal level and yet also manages to capture our imagination. Stars Hollow, with its friendly, ‘everyone-knows-everyone/we look after our own’ vibe and extremely picturesque locale, is the place where we crave to live. We want to hang out at Luke’s diner, have a drink at the Dragonfly Inn or shop at Doose’s market or Kim’s antiques, especially with the likes of Carol King, John Hamm and Norman Mailer popping up every so often to make life even more interesting. How can we resist? And why should we?

In Talking as Fast as I Can, Graham looks back on the series – both its in original and more recent incarnations – but in the context of her earlier and later life and career. She provides humorous insights into her less than conventional family background and is surprisingly honest about the difficulties and pressures of being an actress in such chapters as ‘You Can’t Be Vegan Just for Ellen’.

This is an entertaining, often very funny and essential read for any Gilmore Girls’ and Parenthood fans. It’s also a great present. And that is something that it is important to mention, as it is that time of year, after all.


Lauren Graham’s Talking as Fast as I Can is published on 6 December 2016 by Virago * Hardback * £16.99 *



Gilmore Girls – our TOP FIVE favourite moments, in no particular order
A 1,000 yellow daisies … not 1001, not 999 – Max’s revised proposal




Friday night dinner – ah, those family dinners…


‘Will you stand still?’ – that awkward moment, Lorelai and Luke’s first kiss


‘Your mom makes the guy from Joy Division look like the Teletubbies’ [best line ever] – Lane moves out


‘This party’s a testament to you …’ Richard tells daughter Lorelai how he feels



The Literary Shed would like to thank Grace Vincent, Publicity Manager at Little, Brown, for providing a copy of the book and also for inviting us on the blog tour.




Also of interest:How Penguin learned to fly – Allen Lane and the Original “Penguin Ten”’; Dorothy L. Sayer’s Busman’s Holiday – Romek Marber for Penguin Crime (book covers we love); Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man (1952) – E. McNight Kauffer (book covers we love); ‘Valley of the Dolls – 50 Years on


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