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Alan Bennett – Talking Heads | Review

Title: Talking Heads

Author: Alan Bennett

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 272

Rating: 3.5/5

I was pretty excited when I spotted this going cheap in a charity shop because I’ve read and enjoyed quite a few Alan Bennett books and this is one of his most well-known. I also know that it’s a huge influence on fellow writer and BookTuber Charlie Heathcote, and indeed his Our Doris series is also a series of monologues.

But dare I say it? I think Charlie’s book is better. It certainly made me laugh more, and while the two obviously have a lot in common, I think Charlie leaned more towards writing a good book while Bennett leaned towards writing a good monologue for TV/radio. It’s a subtle distinction, but it just meant that for me, I felt as though I was missing something.

I think that this book is probably better suited to people who are already Talking Heads fans. That’s kind of what it feels like, a sort of spin-off from a TV show. It reminds me of the A Bit of Fry and Laurie book, which was basically just the scripts from the show. It was okay, but seeing them actually performed was better.

I am still glad I read this though, and Bennett as always raises some interesting points and discussion subjects. It just wasn’t quite on the same level as The Lady in the Van, The Uncommon Reader and some of his others. I felt like that about The History Boys too, so maybe it’s just a case of the books sometimes being overtaken by their hype.

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Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie – A Bit of Fry and Laurie | Review

Title: A Bit of Fry and Laurie

Author: Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 230

Rating 3.5/5

 

 

This book is basically just a collection of scripts from the A Bit of Fry and Laurie TV show, but I’ve seen every episode of it a whole bunch of times and so because of that, it felt weirdly like I was re-reading something.

The good news is that all in all, I thought it was a lot of fun, and it reminded me why I was such a fan of the show in the first place. It also got me wanting to re-watch it, especially because of certain sections like the Tony and Control sketches. It even clarified a few bits here and there where I guess I misheard what had been said in the show and so the jokes were lost on me.

Still, I was somehow expecting more from this, perhaps in the form of a few little bonuses from Fry and Laurie. There was a little introduction that added a certain amount of context, but it wasn’t really enough to make this feel original in its own right. Instead, the book was kind of derivative of the show, but what the hey? If you’re a fan of Fry and Laurie, you’ll still enjoy it.

 

 

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