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on 27 November 2010
There's no reason why a good stand-up comedian should make a good novelist, so I wasn't particularly disappointed to find that this doesn't live up to the hype. Ignore the Richard-and-Judy blurb on the front; the praise is even less warranted than usual.
The story is mostly about Harriet, a lonely overweight woman who gets into absurd situations with her personal trainer and various other misfits.
The minimal plot is just a vehicle for Alexei Sayle's wacky humour, which is fine, except that you have to read the novel if you want to find the jokes. We keep rambling along some tangent or other in search of another laugh, but these get less frequent as the book progresses, to the point where it just becomes nonsense.
The writing isn't too bad but could have done with more editing, especially punctuation. Recommended for those who have no other books to hand and nothing much else to do.