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Jo Brand has established herself has a talented writer as well as one of Britain's most loved comedians and this book, 'The More You Ignore Me' is her latest book. Spanning 320 pages, this book is a charming and very humorous story which had me engrossed throughout.
Jo Brand took her inspiration for the book from Morrissey fans and their devout loyalty, how going to a Morrissey concert is like a religious experience. Indeed, the title 'The More You Ignore Me' are Morrissey lyrics from the song 'The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get'. If you're not a fan of Morrissey don't let this put you off as it is a story of the characters in it rather than him. It doesn't focus on him throughout.
Brand uses her wit to write a very humourous book drawing on her past experience as a psychiatric nurse. The book is based around psychiatric problems which provide many humourous moments in a dark comic way. Based around a family in a small village on the English/Welsh border in the countryside, this book doesn't pull trees up for being groundbreaking but it's a good read nontheless. I would certainly recommend it for holiday reading as it's light-hearted but it kept me interested throughout.
The story is essentially like a teenage book but suited for adults. Therefore naturally this should appeal to many different people. Teenagers will like and and adults will too, both male and female. The book in general is very well written with laughs to be had on practically every page. It's not without a few faults though. There are a couple of instances where one minute a character is one age and then they're a younger age. This is just a simple typo/editing problem which should've been ironed out but it doesn't really affect the story in a serious manner.
I was engrossed in the story from the start, although the story truly gets going towards the middle. The beginning sets the scene really well and you get a clear image in your head of the chracters and place they live in. Brand paints a picture of the characters excellently well and her use of words is really great. Their are plenty of varied characters in the book, each adding another layer to the story and keeps you interested. There isn't so many characters that you are swamped with them and you start to forget them, there are just about the right amount to provide plenty of variation and interest. I found myself relating to some of them, which I particularly like in a book or film. Due to the psychiatric problems featured in the book, there are many twists and turns which are unpredictable which add to the thrill of the book.
The book is printed with fairly large print which make it easy to read but I got through it quite quickly. Like I said, it would be great on holiday but you shouldn't rely on this book to get you through the whole holiday. You could probably get through it after a couple of days lazing around the pool, it didn't take me too long and I'm not a particularly quick reader.
The book is a hard back and available at amazon for £7.49. I haven't seen this book in paperback yet which is a shame as it is easier to take a paperback on holiday rather than a hardback. The book is a bit bulky so the need for paperback is greater. Due to how quick I got through it £7.49 is a bit on the high side but this is obviously largely due to it being hardcovered.