Category Archives: Humour

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | LOVE, NINA: DESPATCHES FROM FAMILY LIFE – NINA STIBBE

  After having this on my shelf since shortly after its release, I finally picked it up because I found out it had been adapted to a mini-series starring Helena Bonham Carter. As most of us do, I prefer to read the book before watching the adaptation, so I figured I might as well get around to giving it a… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | DIETLAND – SARAI WALKER

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  It’s not hard to see why everyone has been talking about Dietland. This is a book that will challenge you. It’ll challenge you to think about your prejudices and pre-conceptions, it’ll make you uncomfortable, and it’ll even make you think about your ideas of wrong and right. Which makes it sound heavy and serious and intense. It’s not. Well,… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | WHY NOT ME? – MINDY KALING

  I’ve got a confession to make. Before reading this book, I’d never watched Mindy’s show The Mindy Project. I’d also meant to but never got around to reading her first memoir, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? despite having heard fantastic things. So when I had the chance to review her new book, I decided it was high time… Read more »

RELEASE DAY REVIEW | THE BIG BAD BOOK OF BILL MURRAY – ROBERT SCHNAKENBERG

Bill Murray is a legendary misanthrope. His public image is full of quirks, oddities and random photo-bombs. Though not necessarily the most cheerful of celebrities, his antics have nonetheless earned him a large and loyal fan base. Though he has been notoriously overlooked for awards, Murray has nonetheless created a library of work that is eclectic and shows off his… Read more »

BOOK REVIEW | BREAM GIVES ME HICCUPS – JESSE EISENBERG

  Every once in a while, you just need some comic relief. I’ve laughed my ass off at Jesse Eisenberg’s comic portrayals over the years, my favourite of his films was Zombieland – because of course – but I also enjoyed Adventureland and admired his acting chops in The Social Network. He’s firmly earned a place among the roster of young… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | HYPERBOLE AND A HALF – ALLIE BROSH

  I’ve been a fan of Allie Brosh’s blog, also called Hyperbole and a Half, for quite some time now. So though I was given this book a while ago (thanks, Martha!), I’ve been saving it and saving it. Not only are Allie Brosh’s drawings fantastic, but the words she puts with them have been known to make me both… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | ONE MORE THING – B.J. NOVAK

B.J. Novak’s One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction. A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes—only to discover how claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | SO ANYWAY… – JOHN CLEESE

Candid and brilliantly funny, this is the story of how a tall, shy youth from Weston-super-Mare went on to become a self-confessed legend. En route, John Cleese describes his nerve-racking first public appearance, at St Peter’s Preparatory School at the age of eight and five-sixths; his endlessly peripatetic home life with parents who seemed incapable of staying in any house… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | THE WOMAN WHO WENT TO BED FOR A YEAR – SUE TOWNSEND

  The day her children leave home, Eva climbs into bed and stays there. She’s had enough – of her kids’ carelessness, her husband’s thoughtlessness and of the world’s general indifference. Brian can’t believe his wife is doing this. Who is going to make dinner? Taking it badly, he rings Eva’s mother – but she’s busy having her hair done…. Read more »

THE SUNDAY [BOOK & MOVIE] REVIEW | THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU – JONATHAN TROPPER

Let’s start with the exciting part. Thanks to Karen over at One More Page who frantically tweeted me last weekend telling me to wake up and get my act in gear, I was able (just barely) to enter Indigo Events‘ contest for tickets to an advance screening of This Is Where I Leave You. Which was perfect, since I was… Read more »