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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.

Tue 28 July 2015

Daft Wee Stories by Limmy | Book review by Jay Richardson

Daft Wee Stories by Limmy

Book review by Jay Richardson

28/07/2015 … Brian Limond, aka Limmy, has a restless imagination, as evidenced by his prolific social media output.

Fri 03 July 2015

A Book For Her by Bridget Christie | Book review by Steve Bennett

A Book For Her by Bridget Christie

Book review by Steve Bennett

03/07/2015 … Given the context, it's probably impossible to review Bridget Christie's first book, about how she started incorporating feminism into her stand-up, without mentioning the c-word, so let's get it over with: Caitlin.

Tue 23 June 2015

The Smartest Book In The World by Greg Proops | Book review by Steve Bennett

The Smartest Book In The World by Greg Proops

Book review by Steve Bennett

23/06/2015 … The most entertaining part of Greg Proops's 'concise curriculum of cool' is its introduction, when this man of many interests sets forth his agenda, making an eloquent case for the prejudices and passions that will inspire the following pages.

Fri 05 June 2015

Reasons To Kill Yourself by Andrew Lawrence | Book review by Jay Richardson

Reasons To Kill Yourself by Andrew Lawrence

Book review by Jay Richardson

05/06/2015 … A blunt, self-harm satire on the psychospeak genre, Andrew Lawrence's literary debut, Reasons To Kill Yourself, is a typically bilious incitement to suicide.

Thu 28 May 2015

The Book Of Joan, by Melissa Rivers | Book review by Steve Bennett

The Book Of Joan, by Melissa Rivers

Book review by Steve Bennett

28/05/2015 … 'Too soon' is not a phrase that was ever in Joan Rivers's vocabulary.

Mon 11 May 2015

The What The Frock! Book Of Funny Women by Jane Duffus | Book review by Steve Bennett

The What The Frock! Book Of Funny Women by Jane Duffus

Book review by Steve Bennett

11/05/2015 … Published as a spin-off to the monthly all-women comedy night that launched in Bristol three years ago, The What The Frock! Book Of Funny Women is more a statement of intent than a vital resource.

Wed 29 April 2015

Love, Sex and Other Foreign Policy Goals by Jesse Armstrong | Book review by Steve Bennett

Love, Sex and Other Foreign Policy Goals by Jesse Armstrong

Book review by Steve Bennett

29/04/2015 … In his debut novel, Jesse Armstrong has transplanted Peep Show's Mark Corrigan to civil war-torn Bosnia‚Ķ kind of.

Fri 24 April 2015

Keeping Quiet by Julian Dutton | Book review by Jay Richardson

Keeping Quiet by Julian Dutton

Book review by Jay Richardson

24/04/2015 … Visual clowning might fall out of fashion from time to time but as Sky's announcement of a series of physical comedies this week demonstrates, each generation has its passionate and accomplished adherents, extending the legacy of the greats to new audiences.

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