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Title: Treasure trove of unpublished material from a supreme comic talent
Content: In the process of writing Let’s Do It, his biography of Victoria Wood, Jasper Rees had access to a large archive of her unpublished songs, scripts and other material. That material forms the basis for this book. Some of the early stuff perhaps doesn’t quite hit the mark, but it’s still interesting to see the gestation stages of ideas, some of which would be returned to again and again. Victoria’s habit of producing more material than a show needed though means that there are some real gems later on. What also stands out are the texts of speeches made for awards ceremonies, school prize givings and even the wedding of friends. Reading this makes you appreciate all the more what a great comic talent was lost when Victoria died, way too young, in 2016. This is not a book to read in public as there are times when you will laugh out loud.
Title: Good quality
Content: For second hand goods, really pleased with quality
Title: If you enjoyed the biography, you'll want to read this
Content: Although this second outing by Jasper Rees, after his brilliant authoritative biography of Victoria Wood, is not a biography as such, more a compilation of unbroadcast witty material, it does follow in chronological order through Victoria’s life. The author gives each of the excerpts context with his chapter introductions - a good decision, which makes for a far more interesting read than if he had just presented a jumble of material. Some of the early material is of the experimental kind, as the author himself says, “Victoria finding her voice.” Even so, there are laugh out loud moments and pieces every bit as brilliant as her later work, like the song, “Sad Salad Sunday”. Regarding the songs, my only regret is that in these days of supplementary book material on web sites, there are not any provided links to historical audio files of recordings because, clever and witty as the lyrics are, it was Victoria’s delivery of them through voice and piano that brought them to life. Maybe copyright or simply missing recordings prevents providing such links. I admit to being biased as I myself was privileged to make the very first recording of Victoria in concert, a tape recording that through the miracle of digital restoration is perfectly listenable, despite having spent, as Jasper refers to in the book, forty-five years mouldering in various attics. The book also includes a feast of scripts from unseen sketches but the standout material surely has to be the various speeches Victoria gave, including at a book launch, at honorary degree presentations, at a blue plaque unveiling and even at a school prizegiving, speeches perfectly crafted and a riot from start to finish. And the book includes what must be a candidate for Victoria’s funniest one-liner, in a spoof James Bond sketch, where Bond says, “Don’t forget, I was at public school.” If you want to know why that’s so funny, you need to know the feed line, and if you want to know that then you need to buy the book…
Title: gift
Content: not read as gift .. but quick delivery
Title: Funny
Content: Really love Victoria Wood and as you read this it just follow like a script from what could have been a show on its own.
Title: A valuable insight
Content: Having read the author's biography of Victoria Wood immediately before I was keen to read this collection. It provides a previously unknown view of her writing process, where ideas were developed into the characters and sketches we are all so familiar with... flatter now and two soups. It's interesting to see that some things were abandoned because they were truly terrible. If you're a fan get it, hell if you're not a fan buy the dvds and then buy it.

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