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2013 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.

Sun 24 November 2013

Watching War Films With My Dad, by Al Murray | Book review by Steve Bennett

Watching War Films With My Dad, by Al Murray

Book review by Steve Bennett

24/11/2013 … Al Murray, by his own admission, is obsessed with the Second World War; his bookshelves groaning under the weight of volumes about the conflict.

Thu 21 November 2013

Gift of the gags... | Round-up of the humour books out for Christmas

Gift of the gags...

Round-up of the humour books out for Christmas

21/11/2013 … Stewart Francis: Pun Direction‘Over 500 of his greatest gags – and four of his crap ones’ boasts the cover line – and that’s exactly what you get - the trying-too-hard title probably being one of the duds.

Tue 19 November 2013

Funny Way To Be A Hero, by John Fisher | Book review by Steve Bennett

Funny Way To Be A Hero, by John Fisher

Book review by Steve Bennett

19/11/2013 … This is, by all definitions of the word, a substantial book.

Wed 13 November 2013

A Good Bullet by Freddy Syborn | Book review by Steve Bennett

A Good Bullet by Freddy Syborn

Book review by Steve Bennett

13/11/2013 … I'm not quite sure what fans of Bad Education will make of this meandering, sometimes pretentious treatise on the nature of comedy and taboo from the sitcom's co-writer, Freddy Syborn.

Wed 06 November 2013

The Treasures Of Morecambe And Wise | Book review by Steve Bennett

The Treasures Of Morecambe And Wise

Book review by Steve Bennett

06/11/2013 … On TV, Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise absolutely owned Christmas.

Tue 05 November 2013

Becoming Johnny Vegas | Book review by Steve Bennett

Becoming Johnny Vegas

Book review by Steve Bennett

05/11/2013 … We've not seen anything quite like him, before or since.

Tue 08 October 2013

The Wholly Viable, by Phil Kay | Book review by Steve Bennett

The Wholly Viable, by Phil Kay

Book review by Steve Bennett

08/10/2013 … Freewheeling comedian Phil Kay’s book needs to be experienced with the same carefree attitude as his devil-may-care gigs.

Thu 25 July 2013

Comedy Under Attack by Carl Unegbu | Book review by Steve Bennett

Comedy Under Attack by Carl Unegbu

Book review by Steve Bennett

25/07/2013 … You might think, globally speaking, that comedy is in pretty rude health.

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