Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks : The Essential Alan Coren, Paperback

Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks : The Essential Alan Coren Paperback

Edited by Giles Coren, Victoria Coren

5 out of 5 (1 rating)


The Queen at a loose end playing I-Spy, QPR fans arguing at the cheese counter, prank phone calls to Mao Tse-Tung, the Roman tax collector Glutinus Sinus dealing with the mud-caked Britons, Gatling guns, an Italian driving school, herons, hearing aids, hosepipe bans, talking parrots ...Welcome to the wonderful world of the late, great Alan Coren.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448 pages, Illustrations (some col.), ports.
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Humour collections & anthologies
  • ISBN: 9781847673213



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This was a wonderful read, just after I'd finished Alan Plater's "Doggin' Around". Coren's wit and succinct choice of words had me laughing with delight. It's hard to pull out special favourites, though I have marked them in the book, but I'd recommend Idi Amin's car salesman, Richard III's armour and the search for the all-night chemis. This last one I see as a brilliant allegory for what happens if you concentrate on crap at the expense of what really matters - something companies and governments are extraordinarily good at doing.My recommendation once you've read it through once - make it a bathroom book!

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