I, as a fledgling comedy writer found the book a great source of both instruction and encouragement. John Byrne is full of ideas for getting what is usually a number of unrelated and funny items which circulate around your head, usually on the bus or looking out of the window, into coherent and funny lines. He details how to have the courage to begin, setting out your ideas in a workable format and then put them together in a string of humourous writings. He achieves this at a level which all readers can relate to and yet has bags of encouragement. Especially invaluable for the writer looking to be heard on the great british medium of radio was the section dealing with writing sketches and quickies. John shows you how to produce professional looking work that should, if of course they are funny,impress producers and editors alike and may even be broadcast! I wholeheartedly recommend this book to all writers of that lonely art of comedy writing. I have certainly learnt a lot, in fact I couldn`t put it down, I think it was something to do with the superglue I managed to smear on the cover!