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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, 112 Norman Road, London, E11 4RL.

Thu 01 December 2016

Adventures Of A Wonky-Eyed Boy: The Short Arse Years by Jason Byrne | Book review by Steve Bennett

Adventures Of A Wonky-Eyed Boy: The Short Arse Years by Jason Byrne

Book review by Steve Bennett

01/12/2016 … Released without much fanfare, at least this side of the Irish Sea, Jason Byrne’s first book is an evocative memoir of what it was like to grow up in a working-class suburb of Dublin in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Tue 08 November 2016

Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide To British Birds | Book review by Steve Bennett

Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide To British Birds

Book review by Steve Bennett

08/11/2016 … Bill Bailey isn’t, as it happens, the first bearded comedian to have written a bird book.

Tue 01 November 2016

Parsnips, Buttered by Joe Lycett | Book review by Steve Bennett

Parsnips, Buttered by Joe Lycett

Book review by Steve Bennett

01/11/2016 … It’s not the best-known phrase on which to base your book title, but Joe Lycett is clearly trying to disprove the aphorism ‘fine words butter no parsnips’ by using mischievous missives to challenge the system.

Fri 21 October 2016

Alan Partridge: Nomad | Book review by Steve Bennett

Alan Partridge: Nomad

Book review by Steve Bennett

21/10/2016 … Twenty-five years years after making his debut on Radio 4’s On The Hour, Alan Partridge is the comedy gift that keeps on giving.

Thu 15 September 2016

Stand Up & Sock it to Them Sister by Gwenno Dafydd | Book review by Steve Bennett

Stand Up & Sock it to Them Sister by Gwenno Dafydd

Book review by Steve Bennett

15/09/2016 … After Bethany Black revealed last weekend that she was turned down for a gig as there were ‘too many women’ booked, it’s clear that the old prejudices faced by female stand-ups are proving stubborn to shift.

Wed 03 August 2016

Content Provider by Stewart Lee | Book review by Steve Bennett

Content Provider by Stewart Lee

Book review by Steve Bennett

03/08/2016 … Now you don't have to wait for David Mitchell to go on holiday to read Stewart Lee's musings.

Wed 27 July 2016

Nina Is Not OK, by Shappi Khorsandi | Book review by Steve Bennett

Nina Is Not OK, by Shappi Khorsandi

Book review by Steve Bennett

27/07/2016 … Shappi Khorsandi has previously spoken of how her own problems with addiction informed her debut novel, which is perhaps why central character Nina feels so awfully real.

Thu 14 July 2016

The Place That Didn't Exist by Mark Watson | Book review by Steve Bennett

The Place That Didn't Exist by Mark Watson

Book review by Steve Bennett

14/07/2016 … It seems surprising there aren’t more novels set in Dubai.

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