Tickling The English – Dara O’Briain

Popular host of Mock The Week and stand up comic, Dara O’Briain, takes a look at what makes the English so quintessentially English. What defines Englishness? O’Briain seeks to answer this taking a look at history and using is tour dates to provide a view of Modern England. It is a witty, interesting book, and the parts that include his gigs and sections of his personal life are often the most humorous and fascinating bits to read, which often had me laughing out loud. However, sometimes O’Briain’s writing feels a bit long-winded and heavy, especially with the large focus placed on history and geographical facts, which caused me to lose interest at times. O’Briain is a funny comedian, but this book is a bit hit and miss. 3 stars

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