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This is an auction for SUNSHINE ON PUTTY: THE GOLDEN AGE OF BRITISH COMEDY FROM VIC REEVES TO THE OFFICE, by Ben Thompson.

'If you are passionate about comedy you'll want to read this book.'
- Time Out (UK)

'Erudite and funny … Thompson demonstrates both an encyclopaedic knowledge of his subject matter and an astonishingly broad frame of reference.'
- Guardian (UK)

Amazon.com review:

"The definitive history of a golden age in British show-business, SUNSHINE ON PUTTY is based on hundreds of interviews with the leading comedians of the era, as well as managers, agents, producers, directors, executives and TV personalities. In the 1990s, British comedy underwent a renaissance – shows like The Fast Show, The Day Today, Shooting Stars, The League of Gentlemen, The Royle Family and The Office were hugely popular with critics and audiences alike. Just as politics, sport, art, literature and religion seemed to move towards light entertainment, the comedy on the nation's televisions not only offered a home to ideas and ideals of community which could no longer find one elsewhere, but also gave us a clearer picture of what was happening to our nation than any other form of artistic endeavour. From Ricky Gervais' self-destructive love affair with dairy products to Steve Coogan's suicidal overtaking technique; from the secrets of Vic Reeves' woodshed, to the stains on Caroline Aherne's sofa; from Victor Meldrew's prophetic dream to Spike Milligan's final resting place, Ben Thompson reveals the twisted beauty of British comedy’s psyche."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Large format (trade) paperback 2004.

459 pages + photographs.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95 (ordinary post) or $6.40 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $8.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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