It’s that time of the year! The nights are darker, the Christmas coffeeshop cups are out, the John Lewis advert is out… of course, Christmas. Started your Christmas shopping? Finished it? Or haven’t even started? Don’t worry, I’ve decided to do Christmas gift guides to give you inspiration for a Christmas present for your loved ones.
I love a good memoir. I used to have them for Christmas. Mostly memoirs from my favourite stars growing up: David Walliams, Ant & Dec, Rob Brydon, Jennifer Saunders, Dermot O’Leary. But most of these memoirs were straight-forward in it’s structure. Born – growing up – school – leaving school – career, etc. I think it’s refreshing when a celebrity releases a memoir and goes against the traditional idea of a memoir.
This book is having a bit of a ‘moment’, isn’t it? A Zoe Ball book club pick, week after week in the bestselling charts in paperback and it has just been announced that it’s being made into an eight-part comedy drama on BBC 2. But I’ve never read it… until now.
Like everyone, I’ve been engrossed in the whole Jeremy Thorpe scandal thanks to the BBC One drama, A Very English Scandal starring Hugh Grant as Jeremy Thorpe and Ben Whishaw as Norman Scott. I’ve loved this series, it’s all that I’ve been thinking about. Hugh Grant is just brilliant as Jeremy Thorpe and Ben Whishaw is just beautiful as Norman Scott. No beat goes unnoticed. But, when I first saw this TV drama was coming, I saw that it was actually based on a book by the same name. So, after the first episode, I ordered myself a copy. And, it’s safe to say, the book is just as, or if not more, gripping than the TV show…
I’ve been waiting for this book for months and months. I pre-ordered the book straight away as the premise really interested me and I was over the moon when it arrived in the letterbox a day early. This really is a book for right now.