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Reviews of books about comedy, including biographies of comedians old and new, and (occasionally) books by comedians. To have a book considered for review, send a copy to Chortle, 78b South Ealing Road, London, W5 4QB.

Fri 31 October 2014

We Need To Talk About Kevin Bridges | Book review by Steve Bennett

We Need To Talk About Kevin Bridges

Book review by Steve Bennett

31/10/2014 … Kevin Bridges has already gone through all the 'who on earth wants to read this?' doubts of being a young comedian writing his autobiography.

Thu 30 October 2014

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby | Book review by Jay Richardson
© Joe Mabel / Creative Commons
© Joe Mabel / Creative Commons

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby

Book review by Jay Richardson

30/10/2014 … In his first novel for five years, Nick Hornby evokes an alternative history of British comedy in which the nation falls in love with a Lucille Ball-like figure, Sophie Straw.

Thu 02 October 2014

More Fool Me by Stephen Fry | Book review by Steve Bennett

More Fool Me by Stephen Fry

Book review by Steve Bennett

02/10/2014 … The big revelation, of course, is that Stephen Fry snorted coke at Buckingham Palace and the House Of Commons.

Fri 26 September 2014

Only When I Laugh by Paul Merton | Book review by Steve Bennett

Only When I Laugh by Paul Merton

Book review by Steve Bennett

26/09/2014 … Paul Merton has written about his life in showbusiness before.

Mon 22 September 2014

Hopeful by Omid Djalili | Book review by Steve Bennett

Hopeful by Omid Djalili

Book review by Steve Bennett

22/09/2014 … Omid Djalili’s autobiography is full of surprises.

Wed 10 September 2014

Funny Bones by Freddie Davies | Book review by Steve Bennett

Funny Bones by Freddie Davies

Book review by Steve Bennett

10/09/2014 … Unless you are of a certain age, the name Freddie ‘Parrotface’ Davies is unlikely to mean much to you.

Thu 04 September 2014

Too Much Information by Dave Gorman | Book review by Steve Bennett

Too Much Information by Dave Gorman

Book review by Steve Bennett

04/09/2014 … Dave Gorman has undertaken some pretty extreme tasks for his previous books: travelling the globe many times over to seek out namesakes, in pursuit of Googlewhacks, or to show how he could cross America avoiding corporate chains But for Too Much Information he has simply sat at home front of his computer and shouted at the internet.

Mon 01 September 2014

Hotel Alpha by Mark Watson | Book review by Steve Bennett

Hotel Alpha by Mark Watson

Book review by Steve Bennett

01/09/2014 … Mark Watson’s fifth novel is set in a majestic London hotel, the sort of elegant haunt favoured by celebrities, society and other players that is both fashionable and timeless.

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