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Dara O Briain is one of my favourite comedians at the moment, and seeing this book in a bookshop at the train station before an 8 hour journey, I decided to give this book a read.
The book is basically a summary of his most recent arena tour, and is written city by city. Throughout his travels, he notes interesting character traits of the English, and compares them to the rest of the world. For each place he visits, he gives the reader a small history, including obscure facts (such as St George is also the patron saint of Palestine) and observations of the area and its people.
He also gives the reader a snippet of each gig on the tour, and the people he met with there. He uses these interactions as a basis for understanding the English people as a whole, and uses this book to remark on national traits. His views on the nation seem genuine and well thought out, and really seem to affirm and justify the English mentality.
It is well written and very amusing, regularly causing me to laugh out loud to myself on the train, before apologetically looking round at the confused passengers around me. 'Tickling the English' is a great book to just pick up and read a chapter if you don't have much time to read, and as well as being funny, actually contains some genuinely interesting facts and anecdotes.
This book is available pretty much everywhere, and is easy to pick up and read, as well as cheap, so I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a quick read.
I bought this book after recently seeing Dara live and finding him one of the funniest stand ups I have seen. Given that I also think he is incredibly funny on the various TV shows he appears on I reckoned I would enjoy his book. This book is basically him taking the reader through his recent tour of England (plus a few bonus Irish places and one in Scotland). The book is meant to highlight the differences between people who live in various places in England and to do this he uses the crowds responses to his questions (audience participation!!) while on tour. He also touches upon various aspects of his life, his show, architecture and food!
So did I enjoy this book? Overall, yes. I laughed out loud a good few times and chuckled inwardly a lot which at the end of the day is what you want from a funny book. However being Scottish I did start to get a little bored reading about places I didn't really know and couldn't always point to on a map.
I don't get the chance to read for any length of time having 2 small kids so this book was perfect as it is basically broken into fairly small chunks which means you can pick up and put down quickly without losing the plot. However I can see that the book may be a bit repetitive if you wanted to sit down for any length of time to read it. So if you are looking for a funny book to pick up now and again and find Dara funny then I would 100% recommend this book (especially if you are English!). If you are looking for a good long read that you can get involved with perhaps I'd look elsewhere.
I recieved this book for Christmas and have been reading it intermittently as Im not a big reader. It would not have been my first choice of book, but certainly of the type I read and I was happy to recieve it as a gift. The book is more or less a diary of Dara's latest tour of the UK, but he uses this to make observations of English peoples behavior compared to his native Ireland aswell as other countries. He starts the book by noting a radio phone in show in which they were discussing a recent survey showing England being one of the best places to live in the world where, in response to this, almost every English person that phoned in was disputing this, and was convinced that the survey was wrong and England was one of the worst places to live. During the course of the book, Dara makes other observations like this and questions why the English have some natural persuasion that their country is terrible. He also makes plently of other observations of English traits aswell as talking about the different places in the UK that he visits on his tour. In each chapter, Dara talks about different areas of the country his tour takes him to, and explains what happened the shows. This is interesting to hear about and might be better is you have seen him on the tour or bought the DVD as you can read about his thoughts of the shows. Overall, an amusing and interesting book!