How Not to Grow Up: a coming of age memoir. Sort of.
By Richard Herring
Published by Ebury
Comedy legend Richard Herring compiles years of diaries, blogs and Edinburgh shows in this handy instructional guide on how to turn forty and fight every impulse to lead a normal life, find a girl, settle downâ¦ if he wants he can get married (like Cat Stevens, or Boyzone would have wanted).
The book, scatological and written as enagingly as a stand-up routine- with tangents, throwback jokes and impressively extreme similes- is laugh-out loud funny at every turn, and Herringâs honesty is what propels it. His fascination with his own disgusting depths, his analysis of his faults and foibles, and the yardstick by which he measures himself make for some great writing- and this is down to the complete openness with which he presents himself to the reader.
There are so many comedian biographies out at the moment but this one really counts because itâs been lovingly written and carries as much of Herringâs personality as it does material, that despite the fact that itâs been road-tested in a variety of formats, still feels fresh and vibrant with every page. Now, if only heâd write a fiction bookâ¦