I don’t often read non-fiction books and its even more rare for me to read an autobiography. A couple have caught my eye and I’ve thought ‘yes, I’d like to read that’ but not gone any further. I’m not sure why I find them so hard to get in to but then everyone’s interests are different and my taste mainly runs to fiction.
However, Jo Brand is one of my all time favourite comedians, I love her dry sense of humour and honest observations about life, and have been a fan for many years. Look back in Hunger has just come out in paperback and all my excuses were out of the window (these days I can’t afford to buy many hardbacks and then there are the space issues which are a completely different consideraton). I started reading yesterday morning and could not put it down. I finished it last night and was struck by just how well her sense of humour translates into writing.
She’s led an amazing life by all standards and some of the trials of growing up she talks about are just laugh out loud funny. As a Psychiatric Nurse for many years, she has a lot of insight into serious mental health issues that aren’t commonly talked about but she delivers her experiences of them with an up front, no nonsense attitude with a twist of that dry humour. The other thing I love about her and it comes across well in the book is her sense of style and her weight. She makes no apology for who she is or how she looks and has never compromised that. In short, the woman has balls! And I love her for that.
If you are a fan of Jo Brand, this is a must read. If you like funny, thoughtful, insightful biographies, this is a must read.
Just read it 😉