- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (4 Oct. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0340920726
- ISBN-13: 978-0340920725
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.1 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 660,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Cautionary Tales Paperback – 4 Oct 2007
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'Extremely funny' (Stephanie Merritt, Observer)
'What could be more pleasing than to see annoying types getting their richly-deserved comeuppance? . . . Neatly and cruelly done and ingeniously rhymed' (Oliver Pritchett, Sunday Telegraph)
'His scathing wit deserves comic-laureate status.' (The Sunday Times on Chris Addison)
'The country's most erudite young stand-up.' (Guardian on Chris Addison)
'There aren't enough stars for Addison's show: he is erudite but not inaccessible or superior; confident withouth being arrogant, and the show is so well written and sharp that you will bore your friends for days afterwards quoting memorable lines from it.' (Stephanie Merritt, Observer )
'A clever sod.' (Metro)
'A load of Bellocs - and in a good way ... recommended' (Dave Crozier, Hampstead and Highgate)
'Shockingly good ... spot-on' (The Leeds Guide)
Introducing a brilliant new talent to Christmas humour books - Chris Addison's Cautionary Tales for Grown-ups will appeal to fans of Andy Riley and Ricky Gervais.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book has a lovely feel, high quality paper and old-fashioned illustrations that make it feel like something vaguely Edwardian. But the subject of the poems is very firmly modern (a guy who only texts and loses the power of speech, a family addicted to their 4x4). The old-fashioned medium and the modern subject matter make for a great combination.
Enough intellectualising - if you are ever in need of one of these books to read for five or ten minutes perhaps while doing another job (can I be any clearer?) then this is the perfect one. The poems are just the right length.
Of all the poems in the book, two stood out for me. The first is about a man called Ray who refused to vote and lost everything. In the current political climate it is an apt warning about the consequences of voter apathy.
My second favourite poem took a swipe at The Calendar Girls, and the glut of naked charity calendars they spawned. This was a highlight chiefly because Mr Addison managed to get the word `bronchopneumonia' into the poem, which makes him a hero.
The contrast between the child-like form of the poetry, much of which has a very genial, sing-song appeal to it, and the grown-up problems and unpleasant endings being described, is a joke that easily sustains the 100 pages without a problem. There are plenty of wry laughs.
Although it does have some untimely death in it and some adult-ish problems, a teenager or possibly even slightly younger could still enjoy this as well- it's not X-rated in any way, any more than a "Horrible Histories" is, and it could have a broad appeal.
It is quite a thin volume though. If you sat down to read it cover-to-cover, it wouldn't take long. I think it's better consumed in small doses, as a little coffee table book maybe.
I'd compare this to some of Spike Milligan's work, and personally I'd say that was very high praise.
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Astute observations cleverly applied; particularly appealing for anyone raised on Hillaire Belloc's cautionary tales.Published 1 month ago by A J Hepworth-Taylor
This was bought as a Christmas present and my daughter assures me that it is a very funny book and was worth purchasing.Published on 3 Jan. 2014 by Mrs. M. A. Fletcher