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2008 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 29 December 2008

Book review: Tony Hancock, The Definitve Biography | by John Fisher

Book review: Tony Hancock, The Definitve Biography

by John Fisher

29/12/2008 … Perfectly fitting the enduring ‘tears of a clown’ archetype, the morbid tragedy of Tony Hancock’s life holds endless fascination for biographers.

Tue 23 December 2008

Last-minute stocking stuffers | Round-up of a few Christmas comedy books

Last-minute stocking stuffers

Round-up of a few Christmas comedy books

23/12/2008 … Gavin & Stacey: From Barry To BillericayA well put-together tie-in to the hit of the moment from original writers James Corden and Ruth Jones, this is presented as a scrapbook of contributions from all the show’s key characters.

Tue 11 November 2008

Book review: Prime Minister, You Wanted To See Me: A History Of Week Ending | by Ian Greaves and Justin Lewis

Book review: Prime Minister, You Wanted To See Me: A History Of Week Ending

by Ian Greaves and Justin Lewis

11/11/2008 … This new history of the well-remembered, if not always well-loved Radio 4 topical comedy show Week Ending landed on the doormat with a satisfying thud.

Tue 04 November 2008

Book review: Stop Me If You’ve Heard This | by Jim Holt

Book review: Stop Me If You’ve Heard This

by Jim Holt

04/11/2008 … At just 124 tiny pages, including illustrations, Stop Me If You’ve Heard This isn’t going to keep you occupied for more than a mid-length commute.

Wed 29 October 2008

Book review: Kenneth Williams Unseen | by Wes Butters and Russell Davies

Book review: Kenneth Williams Unseen

by Wes Butters and Russell Davies

29/10/2008 … What can be said about Kenneth Williams that hasn’t been said before… and in his own words? Thanks to the revealing diaries he fastidiously kept, we have long known of the conflict between the extravagantly outrageous public clown and the lonely, monastic private life; of his disdain towards the low-rent work he took that he felt undermined his highbrow ambitions; and of the hypochondria and genuine health issues that ultimately led to his death at his own hands – possibly by accident, possibly by design.

Mon 20 October 2008

Book review: Look Who It Is! | by Alan Carr

Book review: Look Who It Is!

by Alan Carr

20/10/2008 … Publishers will no doubt be hoping Alan Carr’s autobiography follows the same success as last year’s blockbuster comedy memoirs: Russell Brand’s My Booky Wook.

Thu 16 October 2008

Book review: Belching Out The Devil | Global Adventures With Coca-Cola by Mark Thomas

Book review: Belching Out The Devil

Global Adventures With Coca-Cola by Mark Thomas

16/10/2008 … Maybe it’s the trillions spent on marketing, or some moreish component of their secret ingredient 7X, but it’s hard to even read the words Coca-Cola without fancying one of the ice-cold ‘sparkling beverages’.

Wed 08 October 2008

Book review: A Family At War | The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Till Death Us Do Part

Book review: A Family At War

The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Till Death Us Do Part

08/10/2008 … In a BBC poll to find Britain’s best-ever sitcom a few years back, Till Death Do Us Part came in at an inglorious No 32.

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