Author: Mrs Stephen Fry | Page Count: 346
‘We told the kids a homicidal clown lives in their wardrobe today. It wasn't an April Fool, we just thought they should know.’
I've read a small number of books written in a diary format, and out of curiosity have even used it myself on one occasion, but I'm definitely not a fan of it. It's difficult to engage with the start / stop nature of the narrative. It’s like reading twitter. Apparently Mrs Fry is a popular tweeter. That was news to me. Unlike Stephen, I have nothing nice to say about Twitter at all but it doesn't look like it’s going to go away any time soon, more's the pity.
Anyhow, back to the book. There are dozens of subtle references to Stephen’s career both past and present buried in the wordplay that long-time fans will get extra chuckles from, knowledge of which isn't a prerequisite but will definitely make a reading more enjoyable. It’ll also help if you’re able to spot references to other famous literary works, and know what tinned Spam tastes like.
3 pitchers of Dorian Gray tea out of 5