Book Review: The Box Lady and Other Pesticles by Richard HerringPosted: September 28, 2015
The comedian Richard Herring has long been a favourite of mine, and I have a lot of respect for his blogging ability. He posts daily on his Warming Up and has done for over a decade (see here), having done a little over year of daily posts I know it can be a struggle finding things to write about.
This book is the second collection of posts, and includes Herring adding additional commentary giving insight into what was going on at the time, and how he feels reading them back. This is an interesting touch and allows Herring to rue and ridicule his past self.
The entries are a mixed bag, at their best they’re laugh out loud funny, but others are a little flat. There are pointless rants but also some funny musings, bizarre fantasies and genuine moments as well. He opens up about his dealings with randoms (like the eponymous box lady) and his family, including his obsession with beating his nephew after losing a tennis match.
But given Herring’s humour there are more hits than misses and at time he’s quite thoughtful, both in the entries and the commentary. It’s an entertaining read and I got through it fairly quickly, and enjoyed the experience.
My only criticisms are that it’s a little short and I’d have liked it to cover a longer time scale and in the Kindle version the formatting has a few errors, but these minor quibbles aside don’t stop it from being a funny, entertaining read and the reflections add extra depth.
Also I know that Herring regularly googles himself (he admits it in this book) so he might find this, so if he does, “Hi, Richard!”
Verdict: Quick, fun and very enjoyable. Herring won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but it works for me. And it’s interesting seeing someone having to revisit and reflect on their previous actions. 8/10.
Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.