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Gavin and Stacey: From Barry to Billericay Hardcover – 1 Oct 2008


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (1 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007292570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007292578
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“It seems like every TV programme on the box is releasing a cash-in - sorry, we mean tie-in - book. But while the majority are cheaply put together, badly written and - frankly - dull, Gavin and Stacey: From Barry to Billericay is the work of James Corden and Ruth Jones and is just as funny and endearing as any episode…So, if you do find this in your stocking come Christmas morning, there's plenty to keep you entertained far beyond Boxing Day.” Heat

“The crew take you on a tour of their homes with diaries, Facebook pages, Smithy's "Cruise, marry or shag" quiz, Bryn's Top 10 Things To Do Before You Die ("send an email") and top nights out in Billericay.***** “ Zoo

‘Absolutely hilarious’
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Ms. L. Goss on 6 Nov 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a must read for any fan of the show. There's so much to look at, and so many different styles and page designs that this book can be happily swallowed in one go - or just as easily be dipped in and out of as you wish.

I was a big fan of both series, so was slightly worried I would find this a hastily knocked together spin-off, but because it was actually written by Corden and Jones (who devised and wrote Gavin and Stacey) it's been lovingly written with lots of fantastic pictures and original page lay-outs. In fact, it makes a really nice accompaniment to the show as there's so much detailed (and hilarious) information about the characters and settings.

There's a lot to choose from, but I think my favourite page would have to be Smithy's relationship do's and don'ts ("It's completely natural to own up to a dozen porno videos so don't let her tell you any different") although the heartfelt (if one-sided!) correspondence between Nessa and John Prescott is a close second! This book would make a great present, but make sure you have a good look and giggle at it first.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By V. Rendall on 15 Nov 2008
Format: Hardcover
If you are a G+S fan, you will enjoy this book.It has lots of insights into all the characters, and in a most unusual format-text messages, recipes, letters, and a whole lot more.It was written by the hugely talented Corden and Jones.I, for one, hope they'll relent and give us a third series.
Buy this book, you won't be disappointed.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Dr. George L. Sik on 16 Nov 2008
Format: Hardcover
Gavin and Stacey has been something of a little phenomenon, winning awards aplenty and appealing to a wide cross-section of ages. Its success lies in creating a skewed but completely believable world populated by eccentric but lovable characters. Its essential sweetness is ideal for disguising the odd completely filthy gag or piercing satirical observation (the surnames of Gavin and Stacey being Shipman and West is only the tip of the iceberg. Here, for example, a police incident report recalling Gavin leaping a ticket barrier evokes uncomfortable parallels with the De Menezes case).

James Corden and Ruth Jones are not only wonderful performers but write with real comic insight into the quirkiness of life and the human condition. The story of Gavin and Stacey is, at heart, a simple one of boy meets girl, but their families and friends throw up such a wealth of eccentricities and foibles that...well...there's a whole book's worth of stuff about them.

The whole thing is presented as a scrapbook of cuttings, documents, Facebook entries etc (I was reminded of The League of Gentlemen's book some years ago or The Goodies Files from way, way back) with much to amuse the fan. It should perhaps be pointed out that someone who doesn't know the series well already may not know quite what to make of it - get the DVDs first!

These titbits flesh out the characters wonderfully. See the order of service from the wedding with Smithy's scribbled notes. Find out more about Ness and John Prescott. Marvel at Gwen's recipes for omelettes.

The star of it all is, of course, Uncle Bryn. Do we find out any more about that mysterious fishing trip?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Beth Hanson on 30 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book will have you laughing constantly, or at least a huge grin on your face! Just "cracking"!!! Truly "lush"!! Nothing is better to have by your bedside than this book, to read a couple of pages before dropping off to sleep in a happy mood. The ideal way to end any day!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. R. H. Noble on 28 Mar 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is just a fantastic book!!! Being a Gavin and Stacey fan you will be loving this book. Its just so cleverly done and its not what I would expect to see but its just so entertaining and very funny. Best Buy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Calne on 15 Feb 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
If you like "Gavin and Stacey" you will really enjoy this book. It is like a scrapbook including Facebook pages, letters to and from Nessa's famous lovers, recipes for omelettes and lots of other bits and pieces. Every character is included and as you read through the pages you can hear the voice of each character talking to you! It is the sort of book you can dip in and out of or read all the way through from start to finish. I like to read a bit every night and it is a nice way to end the day!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Lewis on 24 Mar 2009
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As good as the newspaper review indicated; and that was good enough to make me buy the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Sl Goodswin on 30 Jun 2009
Format: Hardcover
omg this the the best most funniest book ever in the wworld if you like gavin and stacey and there is just everything in there like facebook pages bebo pages and diaries and things that they hsve talking about like the beer map from around the world this book is just legend
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