Wednesday, 22 December 2010

A book a week in 2010: Random Thoughts by Chris Corcoran

Chris Corcoran is a teacher-turned-comedian and children's television presenter. If you are very young (in which case, why are you reading this blog?) you may have seen him on CBeebies Doodle Do. If you're a bit older, you might have seen him co-presenting The Rhod Gilbert Show. That's quite a CV he's got.

So I'm thinking: "This bloke should be funny. He's written a book about random stories he thinks are funny and entertaining for Quick Reads. Funny AND short. Just what I need at this stage for a book a week in 2010."

Each chapter finds Chris recounting an episode in his life that amused him, that he felt he should share with us. 'At the absolute worst, you'll have bought an ideal fix for a wobbly coffee table. And at best, you might laugh out loud on the train.'

At his best, the 'Radio Ga Ga' chapter evokes memories of the school disco, crap songs, youthful inebriation, and child-like priorities. 'Dragon Cabs' and 'Up in London' poke a gentle stick in the side of the Welsh and those from the Valleys (he grew up in Pontypridd, so it's allowed).

At worst, we have a pointless musing in the chapter on 'Health Food Shops'. And the 'I Love Sian Lloyd' chapter should never have made it into print.

Some gentle humour, but overall a bit hit and miss.

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