since when is lionel a girl's name?

I just read a book by a girl named Lionel.

Forgive my ignorance but I swear for the first hundred pages I thought she was a he. And I kept wondering how a bloke could write woman’s fiction with such conviction.

Turns out he is a she.

And this is she:

And this is the book:

She also wrote ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’, which was a big winner (modern masterpiece according to the blurb on the cover). I didn’t read that one, it seemed a little on the depressing side for me. I like a happy read. Or a skanky read, either of the two will do.

Anyway I thoroughly enjoyed The Post-Birthday World. It’s got a sliding doors concept. So basically something happens to her in the beginning of the book (no spoilers here) and she needs to decide between two paths of action. And then the book plays out the consequences of both paths. So every chapter is repeated (two chapter twos, two chapter threes etc.) based on her taking first the one path, and then the other path.

Cool and different.

It was also a chunk of a book, no two day read for this girl named after a boy. Nope, this is one of those lovely more dense books that you’ve got on your bedside table for a bit. So if that’s your vibe right now, you should check it out. It’s a goodie.

There’s something to be said for girls named after boys, don’t you think?

Jamie Presley.

James King.

Bobbi Luther.

Jeri Ryan.

How about it guys? Men with women’s names? i think it could be cool.

Meet Cherryl:


And Dorris:

What? It could work.

10 responses to “since when is lionel a girl's name?”

  1. Gail says:

    when you’re that hot, you can be called pansy and no one will dare snigger!

  2. Maryx says:

    True that Gail!

  3. HAHA! This is hilarious. You know, Lionel looks pretty scary if you ask me – she looks like someone you wouldn’t mess with and a bit on the masculine side – so maybe she is living up to her name in that way. I dono, I’m traditional in the way I prefer girls with girly names and boys with nice manly names :).

  4. Paige says:

    i thought she looked cool unicorn, but maybe that’s just because i dig her writing. he he he, blinded by her talent.

    think gail is right, when you look like that it doesn’t matter what you’re called, as long as you’re more naked than clothed! he he he. men as objects, i dig it.

  5. Lol, maybe I’m being a bit critical of poor Lionel. Maybe its because she’s got quite a stern look and isn’t smiling? hehe

  6. Paige says:

    hey i just learnt from brionyk on twitter that lionel isn’t really her real name. she changed it because she was such a tom boy, apparently.

    well, as my good friend wallace used to say, every day is a school day!

    unicorn, she does look a little stern, i certainly wouldn’t fuck with her – she’s such a talented writer she might kill me with a comma!

  7. I am Briony_K 🙂 (sorry I didn’t know if you knew that or not:)).

    Apparently Lionel was born a Margaret. Pretty interesting :).

    I’m really enjoying ‘A Million Miles From Normal’ Btw.. I can’t seem to put it down.. 🙂


  8. RK says:

    OMG! You are aware of who John Abraham is? That’s cool. It IS a small world, huh? 🙂
    Been a long time fan of the blog. Browse through it every once in a while, and twice in a while when got nothing to do. You rock. 🙂

    RK, Mumbai, India

  9. paige says:

    Thanks RK, you’re welcomd here any time. Visit often please. 🙂

  10. paige says:

    grrr, of course i meant welcome, not welcomd! 🙂

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