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It's Not a Runner Bean... Paperback – 30 Sep 2004

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The Do-Not Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (30 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904316433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904316435
  • Package Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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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.


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