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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.

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.

What Would Beyonce Do?! by Luisa Omielan | Book review by Steve Bennett

What Would Beyonce Do?! by Luisa Omielan

Book review by Steve Bennett

14/07/2016 … It’s something of a failing of the comedy industry, and especially broadcasting, that it hasn’t yet found a way to fully harness Luisa Omielan’s proven appeal to a younger, more female-skewed audience that has not previously been well-served by the business.

Thu 26 May 2016

Cheer Up Love by Susan Calman | Book review by Steve Bennett

Cheer Up Love by Susan Calman

Book review by Steve Bennett

26/05/2016 … Comedians have long stopped just telling jokes in favour of speaking about subjects that interest them – No 1 on that list being themselves, of course.

Tue 26 April 2016

Sara Pascoe: Animal | Book review by Steve Bennett

Sara Pascoe: Animal

Book review by Steve Bennett

26/04/2016 … Few comedians' books can lay claim to being important; but Sara Pascoe's debut, Animal, falls firmly into that category.

Sun 13 March 2016

Thatcher Stole My Trousers, by Alexei Sayle | Book review by Steve Bennett

Thatcher Stole My Trousers, by Alexei Sayle

Book review by Steve Bennett

13/03/2016 … We’ll probably never see anything like the alternative comedy revolution again.

Fri 29 January 2016

The Actual One, by Isy Suttie | Book review by Steve Bennett
© Idil Sukan/Draw HQ
© Idil Sukan/Draw HQ

The Actual One, by Isy Suttie

Book review by Steve Bennett

29/01/2016 … Bridget Jones was never quite like this.

Mon 09 November 2015

The Comedians by Kliph Nesteroff | Book review by Jay Richardson

The Comedians by Kliph Nesteroff

Book review by Jay Richardson

09/11/2015 … There's a strong argument to be made for stand-up being a quintessentially American art form.

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