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  • Straight Outta Crawley

  • Memoirs of a Distinctly Average Human Being
  • By: Romesh Ranganathan
  • Narrated by: Romesh Ranganathan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057

At the age of 9, Romesh Ranganathan delivered his first ever stand-up set at a Pontin's Holiday Camp talent competition, smashing the only other competitor, a young girl playing the kazoo. The gig went so well that Romesh retired his comic genius for 22 years, hiding behind the guise of a maths teacher, before finally revealing himself again (no, not like that) at the tender age of 31. In 2010, Ranganathan staged his epic comeback gig to an almost silent room, and has since gone on to earn his place as the most in-demand overweight vegan Sri Lankan comedian in Britain. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you like Romesh's work then listen to this

  • By Gervaise Miller on 05-10-18

A Christmassy Ted

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Reviewed: 02-11-18

This book, Straight Outta Crawley, is much like Father Ted’s acceptance speech for The Golden Cleric Award : it is a long list of events where Romesh feels he has been ‘dissed’ by anyone, and this was his chance of calling all those individuals ‘pricks’. The book is not without merit, however: there is some very good advice for aspiring comedians; Romesh is disarmingly full of admiration for his long-suffering wife Lisa (who comes out of this very well), and Chapter 7 is killingly funny.

I seem to have a habit of buying autobiographical books by people I like, and after reading what they have written, I don’t like them half as much. This book is no exception, unfortunately. If Romesh ever reads this, he’ll simply say, “Mate, you’re a prick”.

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