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Chris Addison
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Book Description

4 Oct 2007
These are dark days. The world is seething with imbeciles and poltroons. Everywhere the careless and thoughtless are charging about the place in hulking 4x4s, or inviting Channel 4 to come around rather than clean their own homes. So comedian Chris Addison has written CAUTIONARY TALES FOR GROWN-UPS - poems to illustrate the dangers of modern behaviour.

The tales include:

* The Gloucestershire Horse Club, Who posed Naked for a Charity Calendar.
* Phillip, who talked only in Management Speak
* Myfanwy, Who answered an Email from a Nigerian Bank Manager
* and Fiona and Dave, who had a Wacky Wedding

Sparklingly wicked and cunningly illustrated, this is a hilarious Struwelpeter for the twenty-first century.

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (4 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340920726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340920725
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Extremely funny' (Stephanie Merritt, Observer)

'What could be more pleasing than to see annoying types getting their richly-deserved comeuppance? . . . Neatly and cruelly done and ingeniously rhymed' (Oliver Pritchett, Sunday Telegraph)

'His scathing wit deserves comic-laureate status.' (The Sunday Times on Chris Addison)

'The country's most erudite young stand-up.' (Guardian on Chris Addison)

'There aren't enough stars for Addison's show: he is erudite but not inaccessible or superior; confident withouth being arrogant, and the show is so well written and sharp that you will bore your friends for days afterwards quoting memorable lines from it.' (Stephanie Merritt, Observer )

'A clever sod.' (Metro)

'A load of Bellocs - and in a good way ... recommended' (Dave Crozier, Hampstead and Highgate)

'Shockingly good ... spot-on' (The Leeds Guide)

About the Author

Chris Addison is an acclaimed stand-up comic and actor. He has been twice-nominated for the PERRIER AWARD at the Edinburgh Festival and twice-nominated for the Barry Humphries Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. In December 2005 he was nominated for Best Newcomer at the British Comedy Awards for his role as Ollie in the BBC's new political satire, THE THICK OF IT. He writes for the Guardian and the Times. This is his first book.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Stuart Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
A lovely little book of modern satirical poetry, in which Chris Addison takes aim at a variety of different people who annoy him- people who drive 4x4s in town, wine snobs, fly-tippers, people who smother their house in Christmas decorations, and many more- and brings about their fictional demise in poetic form.

The contrast between the child-like form of the poetry, much of which has a very genial, sing-song appeal to it, and the grown-up problems and unpleasant endings being described, is a joke that easily sustains the 100 pages without a problem. There are plenty of wry laughs.

Although it does have some untimely death in it and some adult-ish problems, a teenager or possibly even slightly younger could still enjoy this as well- it's not X-rated in any way, any more than a "Horrible Histories" is, and it could have a broad appeal.

It is quite a thin volume though. If you sat down to read it cover-to-cover, it wouldn't take long. I think it's better consumed in small doses, as a little coffee table book maybe.

I'd compare this to some of Spike Milligan's work, and personally I'd say that was very high praise.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great read 26 Oct 2006
Firstly, this is great. Poems about all those things in life you can't bear. Obnoxious wine snobs, people who have wacky weddings, management gobbledigook talkers all get gently and wittily brought down to size. In verse.

This book has a lovely feel, high quality paper and old-fashioned illustrations that make it feel like something vaguely Edwardian. But the subject of the poems is very firmly modern (a guy who only texts and loses the power of speech, a family addicted to their 4x4). The old-fashioned medium and the modern subject matter make for a great combination.

Enough intellectualising - if you are ever in need of one of these books to read for five or ten minutes perhaps while doing another job (can I be any clearer?) then this is the perfect one. The poems are just the right length.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Divine Comedy 27 Jun 2009
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This collection of Chris Addison's poems is a little gem. It bubbles over with black humour and witty observations about the more ridiculous elements of life in the 21st Century.
Of all the poems in the book, two stood out for me. The first is about a man called Ray who refused to vote and lost everything. In the current political climate it is an apt warning about the consequences of voter apathy.
My second favourite poem took a swipe at The Calendar Girls, and the glut of naked charity calendars they spawned. This was a highlight chiefly because Mr Addison managed to get the word `bronchopneumonia' into the poem, which makes him a hero.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very funny book 3 Jan 2014
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This was bought as a Christmas present and my daughter assures me that it is a very funny book and was worth purchasing.
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