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  1. This is a strange mix of biography and autobiography. For those who do not recognise the names of the authors, Jack Whitehall is one of those young stand-up comedians to have come to the fore (in the UK anyway) in recent years. Personally, I thought he brought a fresh if slightly brash approach to his comedy. Michael is his father. The book is written by both serving up chapters on the birth, childhood and teenage years of Jack and how an elderly parent copes with such an extrovert son. Michael came to fatherhood a little later than some, Jack being the first of his children, followed very quickly by a girl and then another boy. You get a quirky view of life as an older father from Michael. As you read each chapter, you find seemingly hand-written comments made by the other contributor. So when you are reading Michael's contribution, Jack will add his own quirky comments and then at the end add any additional information they think you ought to have or further comments or disclaimers. Additionally, Michael is (or was) a theatrical agent and throughout the book he is fond of name-dropping, as Jack calls it, his clients and/or friends. In the same way, when you read a contribution from Jack, Michael will add his comments. Now all this can at times seem a little tedious, but at the same time it does make for some very funny moments. In fact, Michael and Jack must have a really good relationship to be able to put this book together in this way. It gives an insight into their world, their attitudes to life and how to a certain extent Jack has become the kind of person he is. I have to say that I wasn't sure when I started reading it whether I could put up with the name dropping or the additional comments, especially as Jack's reproduced handwriting was difficult to read at first, but I was laughing out loud through most of it. I'm not sure it will appeal to everyone, after all humour is quite a personal thing. But I found it both entertaining and funny. It is also a novel way of writing a life story - or maybe two life stories - well at least part of them anyway.
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