on 7 February 2011
I wasn't quite sure what to expect before I read this book, but I have to say that I loved it. It's funny, original and full of creativity. Some of the ideas in this book are really entertaining and incredibly well observed. There are some great characters too; Paul (or Paulo) has a dry wit and perseverance that endures throughout the book and I really warmed to him and his determination. But I think it's his mother and Aunt that I enjoyed the most. Some of their dialogue is hilarious and if there was ever going to be a spin off...they've got to be at the top of the pile! Oh, and Kitty Clay, a really well defined `character' with some cracking one liners. The story (or `Potted History') twists and turns as Paulo tries to make a name for himself in the world of television and never feels laboured. Every incident, person, conversation and interaction serves a purpose and only adds to the enjoyment of this read. I highly recommend it.
on 11 May 2011
This book was recommended to me by a friend as an ideal holiday read.
I was immediately put off by the title thinking it was some spanish artist's biography and didn't bother. She emailed me several times and in the end I ordered a copy. Boy, what a surprise. I laughed out loud at times (it takes a lot to do that) A totally unexpected gem of a book. The characters are so well observed and I found myself drawn into this world of crass tv programmes. I am not in the business but I would imagine this is a bit too near the truth to be comfortable for Sky and QVC !!!!! I am now left wanting more. I thoroughly recommend that you put this book in your suitcase.
on 28 August 2011
I bought this book to take on holiday and couldn't put it down. Hilarious and extremely well written, it gives a witty insight into the world of daytime TV with scenarios that everyone can relate to. The characters were fantastic and had me crying with laughter.
I thoroughly recommend this book if you want a good and entertaining read and I hope there is a follow up or spin off on the way!