|About the Book|
Alan Coren (1938-2007) was one of the comedic greats. Most notably, he was editor for Punch magazine, columnist for The Times and starred in Radio 4’s The News Quiz. Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks is a compilation lovingly compiled, chronologically with some treasured photos, by the late Coren’s son and daughter, Giles and Victoria.Amongst this collection are some humorous gems. A couple that particularly shone out to me were Father’s Lib (15) and Dr No will See You Now (28). The former aptly depicts Coren’s spin on an exhausted father who is weighing the pros and cons of extended paternity leave. He has a crying baby, a tiddling toddler and an unimpressed wife to contend with, at night-time with a cat and a milk bottle to fill. Need I say more? The later snippet shows us 007 in his twilight years, wheezing and creaking, resisting the need for glasses or hearing aids. James Bond wakes Miss Moneypenny to shoot the wig stand. To quote the end of this scene: “Moneypenny sighed. At sixty-eight, it seemed, her virginity was moving slowly but surely beyond threat.”A joy to read in small doses, this cheeky book of fictional and timely anecdotes will have you chucking out loud. Of course, as some were written in lieu of a current moment, some jokes might pass you by, but Coran’s writing is witty and conversational. This one is a pleasure to read and ideal for the Tube.