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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.

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.

Thu 07 August 2014

My Prefect Cousin, A Short Biography Of Paul Hamilton, by Kevin Eldon | Book review by Steve Bennett

My Prefect Cousin, A Short Biography Of Paul Hamilton, by Kevin Eldon

Book review by Steve Bennett

07/08/2014 … In a celebrity-dominated world, it's heartening to know that the publishing landscape has space to accommodate the biography of an unprolific, unacclaimed poet on fringes of obscurity.

Thu 31 July 2014

Brenda Monk Is Funny by Katy Brand | Book review by Steve Bennett

Brenda Monk Is Funny by Katy Brand

Book review by Steve Bennett

31/07/2014 … Books about stand-up comics are legion, but Katy Brand’s first novel starts from the people so often overlooked in fiction – as they are in the green room –  the comedians’ partners.

Mon 14 July 2014

Francesca Martinez: What The **** Is Normal | Book review by Steve Bennett

Francesca Martinez: What The **** Is Normal

Book review by Steve Bennett

14/07/2014 … Kicking back against the patronising attitudes that have followed her all of her life, Francesca Martinez insists she doesn't want to be considered an 'inspiration'.

Wed 18 June 2014

How To Write Comedy by Tony Kirwood | Book review by Steve Bennett

How To Write Comedy by Tony Kirwood

Book review by Steve Bennett

18/06/2014 … God, books like How To Write Comedy are depressing.

Mon 02 June 2014

Secret Kilkenny, edited by Andrew Mickel and Tim Clark | Book review by Steve Bennett

Secret Kilkenny, edited by Andrew Mickel and Tim Clark

Book review by Steve Bennett

02/06/2014 … Comedians love Kilkenny’s Cat Laughs festival.

Fri 25 April 2014

Richard Pryor: Furious Cool by David & Joe Henry | Book review by Steve Bennett

Richard Pryor: Furious Cool by David & Joe Henry

Book review by Steve Bennett

25/04/2014 … If one comedian was deserving of the epithet of ‘legendary’, it would be Richard Pryor.

Mon 31 March 2014

Comedy Snapshot, by Steve Best | Book review by Steve Bennett

Comedy Snapshot, by Steve Best

Book review by Steve Bennett

31/03/2014 … He’s called it Comedy Snapshot, but Steve Best’s book is actually a pretty comprehensive portrait of the comrades in laughs that make up the current comedy circuit.

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