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2006 Books

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, 112 Norman Road, London, E11 4RL.

Mon 27 November 2006

Book review: I Think The Nurses Are Stealing My Clothes | The Very Best Of Linda Smith

Book review: I Think The Nurses Are Stealing My Clothes

The Very Best Of Linda Smith

27/11/2006 … ‘I can’t remember the point when I realised Linda was unusually talented.

Thu 16 November 2006

Book review: The Best Stand-up And Comedy Routines | by Mike O'Brien, Bruce Dessau

Book review: The Best Stand-up And Comedy Routines

by Mike O'Brien, Bruce Dessau

16/11/2006 … The title The Best Stand-up And Comedy Routines really ought to come with an asterix and the footnote: ‘…provided it was released on Laughing Stock.

Mon 13 November 2006

Book review: Box 18 - The Unpublished Spike Milligan | Edited by Norma Farnes

Book review: Box 18 - The Unpublished Spike Milligan

Edited by Norma Farnes

13/11/2006 … On the inside flap of Box 18 is the usual publishers’ biographical blurb: ‘Spike Mulligan was born in 1918 to a British military family… He wrote and performed in the Goon Show.

Mon 06 November 2006

Book review: The Naked Jape | by Jimmy Carr and Lucy Greeves

Book review: The Naked Jape

by Jimmy Carr and Lucy Greeves

06/11/2006 … A lot of very serious people have written a lot of very serious things about the humble joke.

Mon 30 October 2006

Book review: The Rough Guide To British Cult Comedy | by Julian Hall

Book review: The Rough Guide To British Cult Comedy

by Julian Hall

30/10/2006 … The best way to describe The Rough Guide to Cult British Comedy is that it’s kind of like Chortle - but in book form.

Sun 22 October 2006

Book review: Ricky Gervais, The Story So Far | by Michael Heatley

Book review: Ricky Gervais, The Story So Far

by Michael Heatley

22/10/2006 … For all his vocal dislike of the cult of celebrity, Ricky Gervais has never been shy about giving interviews.

Fri 13 October 2006

Book review: The Sound Of Laugher | by Peter Kay

Book review: The Sound Of Laugher

by Peter Kay

13/10/2006 … Kay’s already made his name – and considerable fortune – from the very ordinariness of his life, so it comes as no surprise that his autobiography offers more of the same.

Sat 23 September 2006

No 1 with a bullet | Book review: As Used On The Famous Nelson Mandela, by Mark Thomas

No 1 with a bullet

Book review: As Used On The Famous Nelson Mandela, by Mark Thomas

23/09/2006 … You don’t have to look far to see the fruits of the arms industry.

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