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Memoirs of a Stand-up Comic

AdvantagesFunny, interesting in parts

Disadvantageslots of the content is duplicated in one of Jo's novels

"_Look Back in Hunger_ is the autobiography of stand-up comedienne, Jo Brand. It is a frank, engaging and funny (albeit in an often vulgar way) account of Jo’s life from childhood, through her rebellious teenage years and madcap student antics to her 10-year career as a psychiatric nurse before she took the plunge and ventured into comedy. The book begins with a description of an encounter with a particularly unpleasant heckler at a gig in Loughborough, ..." Read review

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An entertaining easy-read which made Marymoose smile!

AdvantagesAn easy read, interesting if you like Jo Brand, and made me smile.

DisadvantagesNot that many LOL moments, story finishes in 1988, not to everyone's taste.

"...(which is what I ALWAYS look at first before starting to read), and unsurprisingly there’s a photo of her on the front cover. On the back cover I was immediately drawn to the quote “I went on the pill when I was sixteen, put on four stone…so that proved to be a very effective contraceptive” and my colleague and I had a little chuckle. Not to everyone’s tastes admittedly (and some might find her jokes a little crude at times to say the least), but ..." Read review

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A cheerfully self-deprecating Brand - but plodding in places

AdvantagesSome amusing stories and serious recollections in turn

DisadvantagesSometimes rather unfunny [see review]

"...point that high heels may look elegant, but are quite useless for running in – and there is many an occasion when a woman may need to be swift on her feet. Her insights into life on the wards, naturally the most serious (and for me the best) part of the book, make interesting and sometimes poignant reading. It's probably fair to say that the majority of people picking up this book will be keen to know what makes her tick as a comic, and how 'the ..." Read review

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The funny lady's not so funny!

Advantagessome interesting snippets

Disadvantagesnot enough depth

"...the very clever title - Look Back in Hunger - also implies to me that this may well be a theme explored in the book. I would also have been interested to read of people's reactions towards her career change particularly her father in light of some of the run-ins she had had with him previously and because of his desire for his daughter to conform. The book reads pretty easily and it is written with an informal style. However, unlike some autobiographies ..." Read review

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Jo Brand's Autobiography - leaves you wanting more


Disadvantagesleaves you hanging at the end

"I think you choose to read an autobiography if you are already interested in that person. In that sense you are hooked before you start. However, this book reels you in. Brand writes as she talks . If you know her voice you hear it as you read. The style is funny, sometimes crude, pragmatic and honest. She takes you through her early life, her family and important relationships. I always thought she came across as being intelligent and it seems ..." Read review

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