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.
About the Author
Alan Coren (27 June 1938 - 18 October 2007) was an English humourist, writer and satirist who was well known as a regular panellist on the BBC radio quiz The News Quiz and a team captain on BBC television's Call My Bluff. Coren was also a journalist, and for nine years was the editor of Punch magazine.
"Brings together a well-chosen and quiveringly funny sample of [Coren’s] comic writing . . . The humor in these columns isn't about one-liners and the best pieces take a fertile idea and run a mile with it, sparking a shower of bon mots in the process." Observer
"A comic genius." Times
"Coren is our heavyweight champion humorist, over-powering as well as graceful, able to do everything, sometimes in the same short article." Guardian
"Anthologies of humorous writing are usually deadly, but this one collatesAlan Corens's work into decades, each with an introduction by someone you've heard of . . . Coren's anarchic silliness has something to play against." Daily Telegraph