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How to Get an Unfair Advantage
How to Get an Unfair Advantage
by Ethan McClean
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £5.80

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkly humorous, and a perfect Xmas gift, 21 Sep 2007
This isn't just another humour book: its laughs-per-page ratio is the highest I've come across for some time. With over 100 gags, all of them gorgeously and painstakingly illustrated, I find myself picking up this neat little hardback again and again. Some of the jokes in 'Unfair' are close to genius (albeit of the warped, twisted variety), and unlike most pocket-sized humour books you see in the run-up to Christmas, this one rewards repeated browsings. The one-panel set-ups remind me of the Far Side, but really McClean has hit upon something smart and new - and something that I hope will run and run.


Victory for the Comic Muse
Victory for the Comic Muse
Price: £9.73

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Songwriter Of His Generation, 21 Jun 2006
Why Neil Hannon, who to all intents and purposes IS the Divine Comedy, is not universally recognised as one of Britain's greatest songwriters is beyond me. His latest opus, the magnificent 'Victory for the Comic Muse', is a distillation of everything that makes him special: winning tunes, deft orchestration and clever yet heartfelt lyrics. Listen to the devastating 'Lady of a Certain Age', the playful 'To Die A Virgin' or the exuberant 'Arthur C Clake...' and be converted. Hannon is the best we've got. Treasure him.


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