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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: JR Books Ltd; Reprint edition (1 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190621736X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906217365
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 492,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By V. Rendall on 13 July 2008
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This can be taken in two ways: Alan was by far the funniest team member on Radio 4's 'The News Quiz' and I found this book, published at the time of Alan's death last October (2007) the funniest of his many books.
Consisting of 69 short pieces on a huge range of subjects, Alan's flights of fancy had me choking over my morning cornflakes and spluttering over my morning coffee. Every piece is laugh-aloud funny.
He was the best comic writer ever and he is very much missed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AK TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Sep 2013
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Alan Coren's '69 for 1' is a collection of short pieces / commentaries on life and current events, 69 of them in all. Most come to two or three pages and he generally uses hyperbole to highlight a particularly odd, distrubing or personally vexing element of his life, or of (the then) current affairs.

Not all of it is side splittingly funny but generally most stories are likely to produce a laugh, and he is reasonably smart at exaggerating, satirizing and otherwise pointing out the ridiculous aspects of life. One could almost say he resembles a much more cultured and refined version of P.J. O'Rourke, often using the same type of humour but not necessarily going so far in it.

This definitely works in increasing the readership that would find him appealing and I can only recommend the book if you are in need of small doses of instant laughter, whether during a commute or a short break when life becomes stressful. It is a great compilation of his short pieces and on top of being funny, also fairly well written and in spite of being quite a bit old, still very much up to date.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on 29 Sep 2013
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As soon as the late Alan Coren's name appears, it's bound to be well written and very funny. This didn't disappoint, in fact I made the mistake of taking it with me to a dental appointment and you know how quiet waiting rooms are. I apologise for laughing out loud and disturbing the peace.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dino on 10 Sep 2013
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Alan Coren was not only an excellent writer of short stories, many of which were humourous. When he told them, often on radio or television, the end result was much laughter from those who listened to his delivery.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By alibongo on 3 Feb 2014
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I bought this after reading his omnibus, which was great. I have always loved him, used to read his column in punch. But this is a collection of very short fillers, which are generally un-amusing and disappointing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Maxwell Park on 18 July 2009
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69 for 1
Hugely enjoyable and one of the very few books that has had me laughing out loud in recent years. Essentially an anthology of articles written for various publications, notably "The Times", it makes a great holiday read (this is not meant disparagingly). Bits of the book will chime with grumpy old men and women everywhere and very occasionally this can grate but overall a well-deserved 4 out of 5.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. L. E. Davies on 8 Sep 2013
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I enjoyed this book. There were many laugh out loud moments which could be quite embarrassing on a train. I recommend this book if you fancy a laugh.
Alan Coren will be sadly missed
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A very funny book. Brought back memories of the weekly column in The Times that used to make me smile whilst eating my breakfast.
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