I am going to be a little biased in this review as I absolutely adore James Acaster and his comedy. I just feel he is so clever and so weird, and we all know I love a weirdo! I first truly appreciated his work when he released four of his stand ups on Netflix titled ‘James Acaster: Repertoire’ and I honestly found them all so hilarious. Other friends/members of my family did not exactly “get” it, however the ones who did also instantly fell in love with him. I started listening to his podcast ‘Off Menu’ which is absolutely worth a try too.
I actually downloaded the audiobook of ‘Classic Scraps’ as I was going to be travelling in the car a lot over the Christmas holidays and did not want to get car sick. What is handy about this book is that it is a collection of short, funny stories from Acaster’s life. You can put the book down if you need to and come back to it- it isn’t a big commitment. Although the stories all stand alone, they do still refer back to one another and so the narrative does not feel too disjointed.
What is so funny and works about this book is that Acaster looks back on some of these stories with hindsight and does address the questions that the reader may be having, and so explains his backwards logic. I like that the ‘scrapes’ he gets himself into are not unbelievable or random, and there is some method to the madness, even if Acaster’s approach to the situation is not the same as regular people’s. This is the type of comedy I like as these situations don’t just occur “just because”, however there are a series of bad (and understandable) mistakes that snowball. Acaster has a rather literal interpretation of everything in life that always seem to result in him in some kind of mess.
I truly do recommend this to anyone who fancies a little pick-me-up on their commute as I know January can be a particularly drab time of year. Below I will provide the link to purchase the paperback on Amazon! Usually it is £9.99, however on Amazon it is only £6.92 which is an absolute steal:
I actually listened to this novel as an audiobook just because I was travelling a lot and it was easier for me to listen to it. I think this definitely added to the experience as his voice is so funny, and also there are a few songs in his book so you can actually hear how they go! So Amazon offers Kindle Unlimited (which is like Netflix but for books, audiobooks, magazines etc.) and has unlimited free stuff on it that you can download, I believe there are over 1,000,000 books on there so it is so worth it. Amazon offer a 30-Day Free Trial (I will link below) and then it’s only £7.99 a month after that. However, you can cancel at any time which is so handy, so if you did not enjoy your free trial you can just cancel. I honestly do recommend Kindle Unlimited if you a big reader/audiobook listener as in the long run it does end up being cheaper (especially for an English student like me who has to read like 2 books a week):
Anyways let me know your thoughts on this book in the comments below! And do you have any books you want me to review or that you recommend for me? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Love from Evie x