Title: Him & Me
Author: Jack and Michael Whitehall
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Him & Me is a hugely entertaining and irreverent account of a unique relationship between a father and son. Written in two distinctive styles, it reflects the larger-than-life personalities of its authors, Jack and Michael Whitehall. (Source: Goodreads)
Him & Me features a series of anecdotes told alternately by comedian Jack Whitehall and his father, Michael. The stories range from family holidays to bringing girls home, always told with a hint of exaggeration and a lot of comedic style. Jack may be a comedian, but his father certainly holds his own.
I was really excited to read this book because most of Jack Whitehall’s funniest jokes feature his family, especially his father, in some way or another. I really enjoyed this book, was often left laughing out loud or going back to read a passage out loud to my family. The book was a fun and super quick read.
I found the types of anecdotes in this book enjoyable and often relatable. The stories kind of range from the rather posh to the very common, with stories about meeting the Queen (not Jack or Michael but Jack’s sister, Molly) versus stories about family camping. I really enjoyed the stories in this book across the board, they were all really funny. Some of them are really similar to experiences I had as a child which made them even more enjoyable. Some of the anecdotes have been used previously in Jack’s comedy routines, but still maintain their humour and charm with slight changes and alterations to the content.
I think there were some things that probably shouldn’t have been in the book, like discussing his sister’s sex life, which kind of irritated me, but maybe she was okay with it? There is also a lot of commenting on Michael’s homophobia/sexism/racism and so on, all of which is pointed out by Jack, which is good, but is still often used as a punchline, which is less good.
The tone of the book is really great. The humour between Jack and Michael is incredibly natural and enjoyable to read as their banter back and forth throughout the book is quite nice. I enjoy Jack’s comedy normally and was a big fan of his show, Bad Education, so it was good to see the same kind of voice in the book. Michael, however, is the standout in this book with well written prose and more subtle comedy, which he certainly has a flair for.
The flow of the book is great as well. The ongoing banter keeps things light and moving. The book is divided first into sections, thematic mostly, and then into chapters within these sections. The book moves quickly and smoothly from theme to theme, and from anecdote to anecdote, like a well timed and well written comedy act.
I highly recommend this book. It’s definitely a great read for fans of Jack, or his show Bad Education.
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