15 Sep 2013


First things first, I'd just like to share with you all that .....

Niece #1 gave birth to a nine pound seven ounce baby boy on Friday. A brother for Little Plum, mother and baby are doing fine.


SOURCE: A present from Husband dearest.

Jerome Stevens makes people laugh for a living. Or he tries to .... The stand-up circuit is a world of extremes where money talks, agents slither and hecklers throw mince pies.

It's hard to balance the demands of touring with family life - especially when Jerome is a star everywhere except his own home and his seven-year-old son is his biggest critic.

Follow Jerome as he moves from the blind terror of a first open spot to being hounded out of Wales by an angry mob of brewery staff. As he chases the elusive beast that is laughter, meet violent bouncers, paranoid celebrities and humourless producers all competing to milk the comedy cash-cow. But exactly who is having the last laugh when he finds himself thrown into a Chinese prison.
....... Outer back cover.

FIRST SENTENCE (Preface): There is nothing in the world like the feeling of making lots of people laugh out loud all at once.

MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 246): Where do all these quotes on the back come from? 'Magnificent', 'A masterpiece', 'The must read book of the year'. Never 'Pretty cover, but a bit long' or 'Once I put it down I couldn't pick it up'. But thinking about it, they're just like quotes on posts at the Fringe. Quotes that adorn the walls, like texts in a church, to help you believe the impossible.

MY THOUGHTS: As a big fan of Milton Jones, an English comedian well known for his Hawaiian shirts and deadpan one-liners, it truly pains me to say that I found this, his first novel, a big disappointment.

The story of Jerome Stevens, an up and coming comedian. This felt a bit like a biography in as much as, written by someone who has been-there-and-done-that, it is obviously a very authentic read of life as lived on the comedy circuit. And indeed, though you couldn't mistake the not altogether likeable Jerome Stevens with Milton Jones, there are one or two comedians who, though renamed, readers may recognise - I'm sure I spotted Russell Brand and possibly Michael Barrymore in there.

Not unlike his stand-up persona (and as you'd probably expect) Milton writes with a wonderful turn of phrase. Though, just as you might also predict, whilst not exactly full of one-liners, his writing style is a bit erratic, the threads of the story not so much hopping as hurdling all over the place.

Amazing as a comic, I feel certain Milton has an equally amazing story in him. However,  in my opinion, this isn't it.

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R. Ramesh said...

hi tracy...i was away for a while.thanks for staying connected..good post this as usual..yes..There is nothing in the world like the feeling of making lots of people laugh out loud all at once.

Kelly said...

I would think it might be difficult for a stand-up comic to transition to writing a book. It's such a different approach to comedy and interaction with one's audience.

I've always loved that photo of "Little Plum" in your sidebar. I hope we see his new little brother there with him soon.

So many books, so little time said...

Aw congrats on the new arrival. I don't think I have ever read a comedians book. Actually David Williams I did the boy in the girls dress? I liked that.

Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

Shooting Stars Mag said...

That's upsetting that you didn't like this one, since you're such a fan of his...maybe his next novel will be better.

Claudine G. said...

Congratulations on the baby! Glad to know mother and child are fine, and that Little Plum has a brother to cuddle and boss around. :) I'm not familiar with Milton, but did laugh at the 'Pretty cover, but a bit long' part. I've certainly had that thought for some books I browsed at the bookstore (usually the ones at airports).

Brian Joseph said...

Congratulations on the baby!

Sometimes people who really are in the know just do not write great books.Perhaps this would have been better had Jones had a collaborator.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Congrats on the arrival of niece's baby!
Sorry the novel didn't meet your hopes. Maybe his next one will.

Barbara said...

Congratulations! What a lovely way to start a post, but it sort of goes down hill from there. I don’t fancy this one at all, sorry Milton.
PS Your review is excellent as always – it’s just the book I don’t fancy!

Brandi Kosiner said...

Congrats on healthy baby nephew!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Sorry you didn't enjoy this one but congraties on the newest member of the family!!

Naida said...

Congrats on the new baby!
About the book, too bad this disappointed.

Kalyan Panja said...

nice reading the review....looks a good one!

Lindsay said...

Congratulations to you all on this new arrival! Hope he's doing well.
Sorry to read that this read wasn't as great as you might have hoped.

Betty Manousos said...

i'm so excited! congrats on the baby!!

sorry to hear that this book didn't meet your expectations!