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on 3 April 2014
I found this book hilarious and literally laughed out loud several times while reading it. It has an English form of humour with some cultural references, but should translate to a US audience as well as Monty Python.

One of the chapters is about working out what a celebrity is. People who become famous for nothing other than being famous are a growing phenomenon, and Charlie Bray does a wonderful job of totally taking the Mick out of the modern society that lets this happen.

That particular chapter brought to mind an experience I had at a squat party in London many years ago, when one of my companions recognised a woman who had been on a Big Brother episode. She was just a punk woman with a blue mohican, but she had been on Big Brother and therefore became celebrity in his eyes. He rang his father at 3am to tell him he had seen and even spoken to her. The woman sort of rolled her eyes and went back to dancing, never to be heard of again.

The fact that she might have easily ended up on more television game shows as a result of her momentary celebrity status didn't escape me. Much of what Bray had to say in his own humorous way reminded me of the reason I didn't watch television for 13 years.

At one point he seemed bitter about celebrities who publish books, because those books will sell because the person is a celebrity rather than any inherent talent for writing. I could see his point. There were some funny quotes that prove that intelligence is not a requirement for celebrity as well as some amusing incidents, like someone throwing a bottle at Justin Bieber or a more well-known celebrity accidentally peeing on his shoes. Don't expect the humour to be high brow.

Between the laughs, Bray makes some interesting observations about celebrities and politicians, two groups that when you look at it are well matched in using each other. The book is well worth a read and very well done as sarcastic humour. I give it an easy 4.5 stars.
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