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You don't need an excuse to enjoy the charms of Barbara the transsexual taxi driver, Mr Chinnery the lethal vet, "on the job" with Pauline Campbell Jones or the fun of putting yourself into a child with Legz Akimbo, but the League have provided one anyway. In true Blair Witch style, A Local Book for Local People is found evidence, Tubbs' secret scrapbook, retrieved from the fire which destroyed the local shop. "I like to find things", says Tubbs. "When I am out on the moors burying people with my husband, Edward, I offen find things. Shiny things or things of intrest. Edward tells me not to pick them up, especially the brown ones, but I allways do". Edward, it transpires, has been living something of a double life--and not a particularly local one. "Edward has been given lots of medals for bravery in the war. He had lots of little medals called pesetas. I asked him why his skin turned brown and he said that he had been tortured".
As in the TV series, the attention to detail is astonishing. Every character emerges from the shadows on some pretext or other (local ad, news clipping, etc) for their own star turn. If you have a penchant for the absurd, bizarre or downright surreal, A Local Book for Local People's dark humour is for you. You will never leave the Royston Vasey book, Mickey love. --Iain Campbell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
beautiful things I haf collected from the moors about local things about people who are local.
it was number 1 humour book of the year 200 and number twelvety on Edward's list so they haf put it out again with a floppy backWelcome to Royston Vasey
A Local Book for Local People picks up where the second series of The League of Gentlemen left off – to be precise just before. Viewers of the programme saw the Local Shop attacked by a mob from Royston Vasey and burnt to the ground. Local Shopkeepers Tubbs and Edward were last seen engulfed by flames and falling masonry. But unbeknown to Edward, Tubbs had been keeping a scrapbook of things she had found on the moors. She called it 'a local book for local people'. Recovered from the smoking ruins of the building, 4th Estate now presents an exact facsimile of that scrapbook.
The League are famous for their characters and production values and A Local Book . . . has been put together with a similar painstaking attention to detail. It contains fold-out maps, photographs, brochures, guides to sites of local interest, Herr Lipp's pink pomplet, Val and Harvey Denton's toad – themed wallpaper, and much, much more. Imagine a cross between Monty Python's Brand New Bok and The Blair Witch Dossier and you're getting warm. This is the funniest, the blackest and the most innovative comedy book for many years.
Inside, there are features on many different characters. Tubbs narrates the book, circling every occurence of 'local'; Pauline, with her usual esteem-building attitude, includes her guide to getting a job; and Bernice, the ever-sympathetic vicar, plays agony aunt on the Royston Vasey Chronicle's problem page.
However, much of the material seems to have been plucked from the scripts and reworded to fit the newpaper/magazine/letter genre wherever appropriate. This made a lot of the jokes very obvious, and having already decided that the gents themselves are geniuses, I was a little disappointed that they didn't take a different approach.
Having said that, fans of the show will find plenty of little gems in here. A roll of film's worth of Stella caught with her trousers down - metaphorically speaking, of course... Henry and Ally's guide to finding the right video and Royston Vasey's Missing Persons file (unsurprisingly lengthy).
Definitely a book for League of Gentlemen enthusiasts.
The show itself is an absolute breath of fresh air for British comedy: dark, macabre, twisted, a cruelly accurate portrait of life in smal-town Northern England, utterly sick, and essentially, asthma-attack-inducingly-funny.
One of the very best things to grace our screens in the name of comedy EVER, and an honour to be local to it's setting and the areas that inspired it.
Even if you have never seen a single episode of the League Of Gentlemen, as long as you can be amused by very dark comedy, this book will strike a chord with you. Many books of comedy series' don't work. Ali G's book is not very good (then, his show isn't a patch on LoG). This book is.
And I think that is because at the very core of The League Of Gentlemen, as a tv show, is a quartet of four fantastically talented writers. And this...transcription...it works. Their writing works on telly. It works in a book. It would WORK if it were scrawled across the wall of a public toilet.
And if you HAVE seen the television series', then this book will be a REAL GOOD TREAT FOR YOU (MMMM!). A collection of all the very best bits - a whole section for Herr Lipp, a guide to the local caves, Hilary's Confession, Dr Chinnery's Curse, "On The Job With Pauline Campbell Jones" and MickeyLove.......and the whole thing narrated by our romantic heroine, Tubbs.
The book is an absolute must for all fans, or else I don't think you should be allowed to deem yourselves "local"!
And still strongly recommended to anyone not familiar to the show. May you now be converted.
A must for all League Fans!!