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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: W&N (12 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297870211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297870210
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rebecca Front is an award-winning actress from TV political satire The Thick of It and also, it turns, out a brilliant storyteller. She's written for The Guardian and The Independent for years and Curious is her first book. Sharp, funny and often poignant, it is a collection of witty stories and sketches from her own life. (GOOD HOUSEKEEPING)

Rebecca Front's playful observations about the remarkable and curious moments in everyday life meant that I read her book with a frequent smile on my face. There's an Alice-in-Wonderland charm to the writing, and the stories range from the uninvited guest who sets up home in the family living room to a witty analysis of celebrity heirarchy. It's the kind of book where certain insights and experiences stick with you - you want to tuck them safely away so you can draw on them when you need them. (Gemma Jenkins PSYCHOLOGIES MAGAZINE)

A charming collection of her life experiences - a great beach read. (SAINSBURY MAGAZINE)

There is something of the cool aunt about Rebecca Front. As an actress, she is both mumsy and quietly subversive. She's equally at ease collaborating with Steve Coogan and Armando Iannucci as she is in cosy crime such as Midsomer Murders and Lewis. The one constant is an eyebrow arched high. This winning delivery comes across in Curious, in which she mixes autobiography with baffled rant. And like her screen persona, her writing is funny and touching. (Christian House DAILY TELEGRAPH)

Actress Rebecca Front offers not a straight autobiography but a string of quirky stories, memories and personal anxieties. (MAIL ON SUNDAY 'EVENT')

Rebecca...has anxieties to burn, and writes amusingly and perceptively about them. (Markus Berkmann DAILY MAIL)

As you might expect from an actress who made her name in such darkly comic TV series as The Thick of It and Nighty Night, Rebecca Front tells a very funny tale. Her debut book is a gloriously entertaining collection of personal stories and anecdotes from her childhood to the present day. (HELLO!)

Both original and entertaining (Viv Groskop SUNDAY EXPRESS)

A brilliant storyteller, it's the curious in the quotidian that attracts her gaze as she spins her funny and poignant tales. (Janet Christie THE SCOTSMAN)

Rebecca Front proves herself to be an entertaining raconteur, mixing personal reminscences with unusual observations of everyday life. (CHOICE)

The BAFTA-winning actress, Rebecca Front, best know for her roles as MP Nicola Murray in The Thick of It and DCS Jean Innocent in Lewis, has written Curious which contains random, extremely amusing autobiographical anecdotes and yarns, giving her thoughts on everything from learning to swim and unwanted visitors, to the pros and cons of fame and her take on cosmetic surgery. (WOMAN'S WAY (Ireland))

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Autobiographical stories from the award-winning actor and comedy writer.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gary H on 27 Aug. 2014
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A fabulous book, really honest, gutsy and amusing all at the same time. I'm guessing we all have our 'hidden sides' and this takes the reader deep inside Rebecca's. It's always a good sign when, after reading a book, you feel you know the author better. Well done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Claire on 15 July 2014
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Love her honesty. V brave to open up and poke fun at herself too. If you have experience of anxiety, this book is a gentle hoot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LFJ Hardwick on 12 July 2014
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An excellent book, as on would expect from such an intelligent English graduate. It has humpourous moments mingled with events of great poignancy. Would make an excellent gift or bedside book for guests to dip into.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By the GreatReads! on 13 Jun. 2014
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No longer satisfied with playing the incompetent MP Nicola Murray in the political satire The Thick of It, and winning a Bafta for it, seasoned comedy writer and columnist, Rebecca Front, has written a collection of delightfully witty anecdotes and tales exploring all that is remarkable about everyday life.

Autobiographical in nature, Curious: True Stories and Loose Connections by Rebecca Front explores the oddities of human nature in general and her own peculiarities in particular, revealing through the stories and anecdotes her own life’s struggles. This is a book of curiosities, and if you’re curious enough to read it, Rebecca Front hopes that it will remind you of curiosities of your own.

Though the style of writing is not the best, the stories and anecdotes are every bit interesting, insightful and engaging. From the first chapter The Tiger Who Came to Tea to the last chapter More Like a Snail, Rebecca Front will take you on a ride that will make you think and laugh at the same time.
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By philip on 7 July 2014
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Funny, yet sometimes poignant regarding an early life dealing with all the issues we all carry, but try not to pass on to our children.

A very good read.
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By Eva on 1 July 2014
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I loved so many things in this book that it is hard to point to a few. Having said that, the chapter on phoning helplines was a perfect description of dozens of such encounters over the last year or two. The message 'your call is important to us' (yeah, as if!) is more enraging than anything when you are way down the line of calls waiting to be answered. And there are lots of other experiences I found myself nodding in recognition of - and, of course, many things to learn about the background of this talented actress whose work I have admired for a long time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Smith on 16 Jun. 2014
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I really love this book and will 're-read it as again and again. It is brilliant and the stories bring back so many memories, and above all it is so funny!
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What a funny read Into the real life of an actress growing up , very funny and very serious at times , would
Highly recommend
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