Warming Up: Bye Bye Balham v. 1 Paperback – 10 Dec 2008
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For those of us freeloaders who lap up everything the man throws out there for free, this is one of the few opportunities to show our appreciation financially. I'd buy this even if I didn't have a Kindle. Happily I have. If you've never come across Richard Herring's work, this is a great way to rectify that fault. Expect engaging and suprisingly honest writing that will cause you to laugh out loud.
OK, I'm making it sound a bit heavy now - at heart, this is just a very funny book with plenty of laugh out loud moments. If you like Herring's brand of humour, you'll love this. If you've never heard of Herring, give it a try you idiot!
It wasn't until the podcast version of 'Warming Up' came out that I started listening to every post religiously. Being an every single day for over 9 years thing it's amazing how consistantly funny and interesting the vast majority of entries are.
This Kindle version is great because it's much more convenient to casually read early entries than on the website, and while it may seem strange paying for something that is available for free, it's well worth the price considering how much entertainment he provides me for free with all the various podcasts.
The retrospective entries he's made for the book are a welcome addition too. The whole blog gives a fantastic insight into Richard's life and mind and he's not afraid to show vulnerability or appear an idiot, or show any other side of his personality. It all makes him seem incredibly human and I can't help but really like the guy.
Most importantly though this book is very funny. It's something that gets better and better the more of his blog you read/listen to and often has me chuckling to myself long after I've put it down. I hope he never stops writing it.
Herring's blog, Warming Up, is frequently hilarious and this collection of early entries stands up pretty well. It introduces us to the world of Consecutive Number Plate Spotting and the idea that being a writer is the hardest job in the world, the book adding context with footnotes and prefatory remarks to each month.
I would give it five stars, but the first edition is a catalogue of absolutely appalling typographical errors and spelling mistakes. Misplaced apostrophes, unnatural italics and strange footnote conventions blight what is otherwise a fun read.
Wait for the second edition when these things will hopefully have been corrected.
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I really enjoyed reading the words in this book, they were arranged we'll and reading them informed me of what Richard herrings life was like for these few months.Published 17 months ago by radiothax
Well worth a read, and the extra, later, comments give perspectivePublished 18 months ago by Hamish Drummond
How can you not like anything from the pen of Richard Herring.
Amusing and insightful.
He is a comic genius so why hasn't anyone picked up this and his 'How not to grow... Read more
The collected blog posts of Richard Herring are made even more interesting by the additional feature of his looking back on them and commenting. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Sarah Tipper
The discipline of forcing himself to write each day, published daily, pays off. This collection makes for a good read.Published on 2 May 2013 by 500weasels
Amazing Richard herring is amongst the great comedy writers and performers this country has had. His output is prodigious and always fantastic. Read morePublished on 18 Mar. 2013 by carl nicholls
This book is a compilation of the first entries of Richard Herring's blog. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in Richard Herring, Balham or Shepherd's Bush. Read morePublished on 28 Jan. 2013 by M. J. Fleming
Richard suffers from Ocd and in a quite humorous form it's the most consistent feature of a struggling artist/procrastinating writer in a post modernist garret struggling with... Read morePublished on 18 Jan. 2013 by Mr