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The Glasgow Smile: An A to Z of the Funniest City on Earth [Paperback]

Allan Brown
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3 Oct 2013
Few cities can rival Glasgow for their contribution to the history of British humour. From the gladiatorial atmosphere of the old Empire Theatre,dubbed the 'graveyard of English comics', to the front-page controversies of Frankie Boyle today, the city and its citizens have trademarked their own two-fisted brand of confrontational, but always hilarious, comedy. In this, the first dedicated overview, Allan Brown gives a historical,kaleidoscopic and encyclopedic account of the people, places, performers and procedures that have made Glasgow a by-word for a certain kind of rough, tough quick-wittedness. Every facet of Glaswegian life is considered, viewed through the prism of the city's sense of humour; from the showbiz renown of Billy Connolly and Chic Murray, Kevin Bridges and Boyle, to the occasions the lighter side was seen in Glasgow's history of television, film, literature, football,law, science, academe, crime and art. Through profiles, criticism, tales and anecdotes, The Glasgow Smile - fittingly also the term for infamousGlasgow gang punishment - is a treasury of the city's past and present, and of its own very particular approach to the absurd.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn Ltd (3 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780270623
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780270623
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'I laughed so hard my head nearly fell off . . . the funniest read of the year' --Scottish Daily Express

'A great read to dip in and out of . . . a must-read for any Glaswegians with comedic aspirations' --Scottish Field

'There's many a chuckle, and a smile of recognition, to be had from this wide-ranging view' --Herald

'The Glasgow Smile sees Brown attempt (and succeed) in defining the key elements in Glasgow humour: the wryness, the aggression' --Sunday Herald

'[A] book for the comedy aficionado' --Scottish Home and Country

About the Author

Allan Brown was born and bred in Glasgow. A former Scottish Journalist of the Year, he has worked in newspapers since 1990. He was writer and columnist with the Scottish edition of The Sunday Times for many years, as well as its restaurant critic. He is also author of the highly acclaimed Inside the Wicker Man: How Not to Make a Cult Classic.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Long-winded, pretentious and boring 5 Jan 2014
What a disappointment. With hindsight, I should have realised that an A to Z anthology was bound to be padded out with material just there because the alphabet demanded it. I would be amazed to find anyone who had actually ploughed through the entire 248 pages of this, hunting out the very occasional laugh.
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1.0 out of 5 stars boring and not very well written 19 May 2014
Was given this as a gift. I was appalled at the lack of humour and awful writing. I can only presume that Mr Browns Journalist Of The Year award was awarded in a year when no-one else was available. I'm surprised he's written a book about Glasgow as he clearly despises being a Glaswegian.Not good.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK book but for a REAL laugh read titled below 22 April 2014
By John
For a real Glasgow laugh read Colin Macfarlane's The Real Gorbals Story, No Mean Glasgow and Gorbals Diehards...they are all superb!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smile from start to finish 23 Nov 2013
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Bought this book as a gift and read it myself. Send this book to family living abroad and transport them back home with every turn of the page. Great.
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