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It's Not a Runner Bean... Paperback – 30 Sep 2004
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From his standpoint behind the microphone, Mark Steel is in the perfect position to view all human existence. Which is why this book - like his act, his columns and his broadcasts - is opinionated, passionate, and extremely funny. It even explains the line (screamed at him by an eighties yuppy): "It's not a runner bean..." On first publication in 1997, It's Not A Runner Bean was acclaimed by readers and reviewers alike, and (almost inevitably) became a 'slightly' successful book.
From the Publisher
A truly funny and revealing book
Mark wrote 'It's Not A Runner Bean' before he started writing a newspaper column - in fact the book was almost certainly responsible for getting him the job. Unlike 'Reasons to be Cheerful', which concentrates on his political exploits, ' Runner Bean' mainly follows Mark Steel's progress to become (in his words) 'A slightly successful comedian'. From angry young poet to angry older left-wing comedian with his own Radio 4 programme, Mark Steel's rise was peppered with many revealing and very funny incidents. There is surprisingly little crossover between the two books (I spotted just two incidents, taking up less than a paragraph each) and so together these two magnificent volumes provide a well-rounded and indispensible portrait of Mark Steel, the man. I advise everyone whose name is not William Haigh to get both books, or at the very least 'It's Not A Runner Bean', if only because it's cheaper and because The Do-Not Press is a small independent publisher in South London, and Scribner are not. There are people who might say, 'Well, I would say that, wouldn't I?' And they'd be right. Press that button now and add this book to your shopping basket. You'll be glad you did. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
Now he's a giant of Brit journalism, which makes it even funnier, actually.
It is difficult to argue with any of his opinions.
This is an excellent book to take on a journey or to
generally carry around and read when you have a spare five minutes;
since its' well written chapters are short.
It paints a vivid picture of life in the 1980s and 1990s
and our regional differences. It may be set in the past,
but it is still not 'dated'. I laughed out loud when reading it
and, as a northern,it is not something I do often.
This is a book to share and pass around,
I am keeping it to give to a close friend.