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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.

Fri 26 September 2014

Only When I Laugh by Paul Merton | Book review by Steve Bennett

Only When I Laugh by Paul Merton

Book review by Steve Bennett

26/09/2014 … Paul Merton has written about his life in showbusiness before.

Mon 22 September 2014

Hopeful by Omid Djalili | Book review by Steve Bennett

Hopeful by Omid Djalili

Book review by Steve Bennett

22/09/2014 … Omid Djalili’s autobiography is full of surprises.

Wed 10 September 2014

Funny Bones by Freddie Davies | Book review by Steve Bennett

Funny Bones by Freddie Davies

Book review by Steve Bennett

10/09/2014 … Unless you are of a certain age, the name Freddie ‘Parrotface’ Davies is unlikely to mean much to you.

Thu 04 September 2014

Too Much Information by Dave Gorman | Book review by Steve Bennett

Too Much Information by Dave Gorman

Book review by Steve Bennett

04/09/2014 … Dave Gorman has undertaken some pretty extreme tasks for his previous books: travelling the globe many times over to seek out namesakes, in pursuit of Googlewhacks, or to show how he could cross America avoiding corporate chains But for Too Much Information he has simply sat at home front of his computer and shouted at the internet.

Mon 01 September 2014

Hotel Alpha by Mark Watson | Book review by Steve Bennett

Hotel Alpha by Mark Watson

Book review by Steve Bennett

01/09/2014 … Mark Watson’s fifth novel is set in a majestic London hotel, the sort of elegant haunt favoured by celebrities, society and other players that is both fashionable and timeless.

Thu 07 August 2014

My Prefect Cousin, A Short Biography Of Paul Hamilton, by Kevin Eldon | Book review by Steve Bennett

My Prefect Cousin, A Short Biography Of Paul Hamilton, by Kevin Eldon

Book review by Steve Bennett

07/08/2014 … In a celebrity-dominated world, it's heartening to know that the publishing landscape has space to accommodate the biography of an unprolific, unacclaimed poet on fringes of obscurity.

Thu 31 July 2014

Brenda Monk Is Funny by Katy Brand | Book review by Steve Bennett

Brenda Monk Is Funny by Katy Brand

Book review by Steve Bennett

31/07/2014 … Books about stand-up comics are legion, but Katy Brand’s first novel starts from the people so often overlooked in fiction – as they are in the green room –  the comedians’ partners.

Mon 14 July 2014

Francesca Martinez: What The **** Is Normal | Book review by Steve Bennett

Francesca Martinez: What The **** Is Normal

Book review by Steve Bennett

14/07/2014 … Kicking back against the patronising attitudes that have followed her all of her life, Francesca Martinez insists she doesn't want to be considered an 'inspiration'.

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