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A Beginner's Guide To Acting English Paperback – 1 Apr 2010
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"Britain's best young female comic by any yardstick" (Guardian)
"[Shappi] has a fascinating story to tell, married to one of the warmest, most engaging performance styles I have seen" (Observer)
"Shappi Khorsandi has been an endearing Iranian voice on the stand-up circuit for a number of years. This memoir arguably provides a better platform for her wealth of stories" (Metro)
"A touching memoir" (Independent)
"Written with an admirable lightness of touch and a novelist's eye for comic detail" (Observer)
Comedian Shappi Khorsandi's funny and heartwarming memoir about growing up as an Iranian girl in 1980s BritainSee all Product description
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A powerful story of her family in a strange country, suddenly on the run for their lives from an extreme regime, told from the wide eyed and innocent perspective of a young girl.
if you get a chance to see her live show that is highly recommended too.
I think the title of the book is misleading because it sounds like it will just be a commentary on British and Iranian peculiarities, but it is so much more than that.
I hoped that it would would be funny; I thought it would offer some insight into what it is like to adapt to another culture; and I expected it to compare Iran and Britain. What I didn't expect was just how engrossing it would be - I couldn't put it down - or how intense and rich her early years were. It couldn't be further from the jolly story like I assumed at first glance.
Definitely worth a read if you are simply a fan of her comedy, and more so if you like your books to give you a new perspective on life.
My only criticism of the text is that it's not carefully edited. I found various typos and grammatical errors very distracting as I read, but I suspect this is because Shappi Khorsandi's enough of a celebrity there were guaranteed sales. That can make publishers a bit lazy in terms of close attention.
I have lent my copy out several times and everyone who has borrowed the book found it hilarious. I hope she writes some more.
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