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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.

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… 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.

Fri 09 January 2015

Cosby: His Life And Times by Mark Whitaker | Book review by Steve Bennett

Cosby: His Life And Times by Mark Whitaker

Book review by Steve Bennett

09/01/2015 … It's not what this sizeable biography of Bill Cosby says that's significant, but what it doesn't.

Thu 27 November 2014

Ayoade On Ayoade | Book review by Steve Bennett

Ayoade On Ayoade

Book review by Steve Bennett

27/11/2014 … Ayoade On Ayoade is a book that could only have been written by Richard Ayoade.

Fri 31 October 2014

We Need To Talk About Kevin Bridges | Book review by Steve Bennett

We Need To Talk About Kevin Bridges

Book review by Steve Bennett

31/10/2014 … Kevin Bridges has already gone through all the 'who on earth wants to read this?' doubts of being a young comedian writing his autobiography.

Thu 30 October 2014

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby | Book review by Jay Richardson
© Joe Mabel / Creative Commons
© Joe Mabel / Creative Commons

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby

Book review by Jay Richardson

30/10/2014 … In his first novel for five years, Nick Hornby evokes an alternative history of British comedy in which the nation falls in love with a Lucille Ball-like figure, Sophie Straw.

Thu 02 October 2014

More Fool Me by Stephen Fry | Book review by Steve Bennett

More Fool Me by Stephen Fry

Book review by Steve Bennett

02/10/2014 … The big revelation, of course, is that Stephen Fry snorted coke at Buckingham Palace and the House Of Commons.

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