Romesh Ranganathan – Straight Outta Crawley

For New Year’s Eve, my husband had the crazy idea that we’d welcome in the new year in Scarborough, and this was the book we picked to keep us company for the 3+ hour round trip.

It made the drive go so much more quickly, we were in stitches at many points during the book. But the book wasn’t all funny, and at times was quite a heart-rending look into what growing up and becoming a comedian looked like for Romesh – it hasn’t all been sunshine and daisies by any stretch of the imagination.

I love audio books when they’re read by the author as they feel so much more authentic and that was definitely the case for this book. At the start of the book, Romesh warned that he often goes off on a tangent, and then a tangent from the tangent, and hearing this in his voice made this so much better – less crazy and more natural. I think if I’d read this as a book instead of listening as an audio book, I’d probably have found myself getting lost, but not so much with the audio.

I thought I knew a lot about Romesh having seen multiple TV programmes that he featured in, but there was a lot to learn from here and I definitely see Romesh in a new light now.

My rating: 4Average rating: 3.90
272 pages. Published in: 2018
Read in Audiobookon 31st December 2019 – 3rd January 2020

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