How to Be Massive

You know your one Nikita? You’ve seen her around town: always within 100 metres of Penneys (where she likes to spend her ‘eurdos’), her hair done up in a ‘hun bun’, sporting her ‘masso’ runners and her eyebrows on fleek. In How to be Massive Nikita shares her illustrated guide to being massive, from masso make-up to stunnin’ accessories, the vital difference between your ‘going out’ and ‘staying in’ PJs, as well as life hacks such as places to hide your naggin and how to whiten your runners with toothpaste.

Through her popular Instagram account Your One Nikita, illustrator Aoife Dooley has made the spicebag part of our everyday language. Informed by her experiences growing up in Coolock and affectionately parodying fiery working-class Dublin women, it provides the inspiration for her hilarious and brilliantly observed first book, How to Be Massive.

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‘Razor-sharp observational humour … has the zeitgeisty quotability of a contemporary Roddy Doyle.’ The Irish Times

How to Be Massive is funny, affectionate and very, very sharp. Almost social history and always great fun, this book is, well, massive.’ Roddy Doyle

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Publication Date

October 2016




Hardback, 208 pages

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Gill Books


200 x 148 mm


By Aoife Dooley

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Aoife Dooley’s Your One Nikita started as a web series based on life on the northside of Dublin. Aoife illustrates some of her experiences growing up in Coolock, while also taking elements from her family and friends and sometimes earwigging on the bus. It has been shared by FM104, Spin 1038, Q102, and So Sue Me blog. It has also featured in The Irish Times, Stellar Magazine, Offset and The Ray D’Arcy Show.

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