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The Funny Thing About Death

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That and her cloistered convent education inspired a restless, sometimes reckless wanderlust and desire for adventure in her, manifesting in a particular preoccupation with Africa and the civil rights movement. This book is a short honest insight into a relationship between two sisters (both of whom are perhaps a touch more interesting than most siblings in life) and how an illness can, and in this case did, affect that bond. The Funny Thing About Death is a hilarious memoir of two unconventional girls growing up in the 1970s.

He was one of the first people to give her a writing job and she worked with him off and on for years. Laughter is what gets us through the toughest times, and Jo Caulfield demonstrates that beautifully in this heartfelt and hilarious book' — Jimmy Carr 'I knew Jo Caulfield was funny, one of the funniest comics around, but her book is also moving and surprising.

I just think it's strange that I was given an award in a year when I couldn't actually go out and perform live.

Warm and tender, frequently very funny and, ultimately, incredibly moving tale of siblings and cancer. Marvellous though she appears to have been in the main, Annie’s ego and insensitivity are aspects that Jo doesn’t shy away from. Caulfield is sharp and funny, capturing childhood eccentricities marvellously, alongside the cathartic necessity of humour in the darker times.We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Despite the limitations and strictures of their oppressive Catholic education, Annie fought the power and won respect from the nuns. Or is the comic who prides herself on lashing idiots with her tongue – her show carrying on as she inwardly mourns the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing or her fading sister – a more ‘authentic’ performer? They didn’t fit in at the Air Force bases they were raised on or the strict convent boarding school they were sent to. But my main memory was watching Gary Barlow and thinking 'why do the organisers think a man who had avoided paying his taxes would be a good fit for a Royal Variety Performance?

All the same, one struggles not to read the sections about being an artist in 1980s London with envy, where hard graft and a willingness to slum it were at least rewarded by feelings of opportunity, time to find yourself and broader horizons than appear possible for the less affluent now. My husband, who thankfully made it through his, and my cousin, who sadly lost her life before her time too.If you are in Australia or New Zealand (DVD Region 4), note that almost all DVDs distributed in the UK by the BBC and 2entertain are encoded for both Region 2 and Region 4. No thanks, I want to sleep well at night and be proud of my choices, not be part of the problem just because my ego wants to see myself on TV. It is appropriate that The Funny Thing About Death is part memoir for Jo Caulfield’s funny, talented, spiky sister Annie and part Jo’s autobiography.

Scottish audiences tend to come out with a 'we are going to have a brilliant time tonight, and nothing is going to stop us' attitude. Here are some quotes from last year's series: "The laughter that's worth every penny" Simon Garfield in The Mail On Sunday. Like her stand-up, Jo Caulfield's caustic wit and razor-sharp observations make her account of life with her sister, even in the worst of times, as entertaining as it is touching and relatable. Annie was witty, spiky and greedy for life, rushing to be ‘interesting’ and experience adventures.

Might she now follow Annie’s example again and belatedly begin to share more of herself there as she increasingly gives fewer fucks? I respect Queenie as an old lady but I'm buggered if I'd curtsey to Kate Middleton or Prince William. Caulfield has delivered a fitting tribute to her sister that, crucially, you suspect Annie would sneakily delight in' * Chortle * 'I was blessed to sit in a room making up jokes with Annie Caulfield.

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