It’s not often a television show speaks to me so personally but the eponymous Fleabag, which has just ended its run on BBC2 goes down as one of the best shows of my life. It was so good I watched the entire two seasons again when the last episode had finished, and days later I am still feeling her loss as keenly as the loss of a friend.
If you haven’t watched it, then I am recommending it right now. The entire show was a masterpiece, not a line or a camera shot wasted as Fleabag dealt with the loss of her mother, the loss of her best friend, the acceptance of being an imperfect human being, and all the trials and tribulations in between.
While I was sad to see it end, that last episode was absolute perfection. I lost it at “It’s God, isn’t it?” and I don’t mind admitting I gave Fleabag an involuntary wave back at the end. Phoebe Waller-Bridge, you are a genius!
If you’re feeling as sad as I am about the loss of this wonderful friend who shared all her deepest moments with us, then we have some book recommendations that might just ease the pain.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
Eleanor Oliphant may be the complete antithesis to Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag but for sheer authenticity in female characters, it makes this list. Plus, I missed Eleanor almost as much as I am missing Fleabag!
Nina is Not OK – Shappi Khorsandi
17-year-old Nina and her drunken exploits will speak to the teenager in all of us. A darkly funny, coming of age novel that will have you laughing, and crying! Endearing, breathtakingly honest and the perfect antidote to our Fleabag loss.
The Last Black Unicorn – Tiffany Haddish
The Last Black Unicorn is a memoir, but with Fleabag it often felt like we were intruding on something deeply personal, and this funny memoir filled with sexual exploits and unflinching honesty definitely has the Fleabag vibe.
We know you don’t need us any more, Fleabag but if you change your mind, or fancy popping back for a Christmas special, we’d love to see you. For now, goodbye!