Seasonal Suicide Notes : My Life as it is Lived, Hardback

Seasonal Suicide Notes : My Life as it is Lived Hardback

3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Christmas round robins from a grumpy old man - For some years, the biographer Roger Lewis has been entertaining his friends with a letter at Christmas, in which he records details of the joys and frustrations of his life as it is actually lived.

Here for the first time is a book-length version of this 'cult classic', a hilarious collection of diaries and memoirs - highlights of which include a trip up the Amazon River with countless ants and Maureen Lipman; his eldest son Tristan training to be a juggler at Zippos Circus ("Frankly, where did Magdalen College, Oxford, ever get me, eh?"); the mystery of the stolen kettle at Age Concern; the humiliation of not being invited to the premiere of his very own movie at Cannes; and the way the Dell call-centre people in Bombay keep thinking he's a woman...With his sharp eye for folly, his malice - and the unexpected shafts of humanity in spite of his chronic ill temper - Roger Lewis is the Evelyn Waugh of the 21st century.

These addictive and paradoxically life-enhancing Seasonal Suicide Notes have the makings of a lasting comic masterpiece.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 199 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Short Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Parodies & spoofs
  • ISBN: 9781906021764



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If you're nauseated by annual round robin letters featuring your friends' uber-talented children and recollection of bijou holidays in far-flung parts of the world, then Roger Lewis' collection is the antidote you need. Acerbic, spiteful, misanthropic, wounded, bitter, critical and very, very funny.

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Roger Lewis boasts that he has a large chip on his shoulder and whilst his self deprecating style of writing initially made me laugh it began to grate after a while. There are some funny stories but also lots of non-funny ones and two thirds of the way through the book I lost interest.

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