Shortlisted for Non-fiction Book of the Year at the National Book Awards
Read on BBC Radio 4
Sometimes things are more ordinary than you think. And sometimes they're a whole lot odder than you can possibly imagine . . .
By turns poignant, comic and uplifting, CURIOUS is a book of stories from Rebecca Front's life, all of them true, though sometimes perhaps a little bent out of shape in the telling. It is a beguiling celebration of the curiosities of everyday life, and of what it is to be curious - in every sense of the word.
Rebecca Front is an award-winning actress from TV political satire The Thick of It and also, it turns, out a brilliant storyteller. She's written for The Guardian and The Independent for years and Curious is her first book. Sharp, funny and often poignant, it is a collection of witty stories and sketches from her own life.Rebecca Front's playful observations about the remarkable and curious moments in everyday life meant that I read her book with a frequent smile on my face. There's an Alice-in-Wonderland charm to the writing, and the stories range from the uninvited guest who sets up home in the family living room to a witty analysis of celebrity heirarchy. It's the kind of book where certain insights and experiences stick with you - you want to tuck them safely away so you can draw on them when you need them.A charming collection of her life experiences - a great beach read.There is something of the cool aunt about Rebecca Front. As an actress, she is both mumsy and quietly subversive. She's equally at ease collaborating with Steve Coogan and Armando Iannucci as she is in cosy crime such as Midsomer Murders and Lewis. The one constant is an eyebrow arched high. This winning delivery comes across in Curious, in which she mixes autobiography with baffled rant. And like her screen persona, her writing is funny and touching.Actress Rebecca Front offers not a straight autobiography but a string of quirky stories, memories and personal anxieties.Rebecca...has anxieties to burn, and writes amusingly and perceptively about them.As you might expect from an actress who made her name in such darkly comic TV series as The Thick of It and Nighty Night, Rebecca Front tells a very funny tale. Her debut book is a gloriously entertaining collection of personal stories and anecdotes from her childhood to the present day.Both original and entertainingA brilliant storyteller, it's the curious in the quotidian that attracts her gaze as she spins her funny and poignant tales.Rebecca Front proves herself to be an entertaining raconteur, mixing personal reminscences with unusual observations of everyday life.The BAFTA-winning actress, Rebecca Front, best know for her roles as MP Nicola Murray in The Thick of It and DCS Jean Innocent in Lewis, has written Curious which contains random, extremely amusing autobiographical anecdotes and yarns, giving her thoughts on everything from learning to swim and unwanted visitors, to the pros and cons of fame and her take on cosmetic surgery.Lively and marvellously eccentric... her sharp observations amuse and delight.Superbly amusing cabinet of curiosities - a mixture of autobiography and baffled rantAutobiographical stories from Rebecca Front, the award-winning actor of such shows as THE THICK OF IT and NIGHTY NIGHT.
Rebecca Front is a BAFTA-winning actress and writer. She is best known for her work in such series as The Thick of It (in which she played Nicola Murray MP), The Day Today, Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge, Nighty Night, Lewis and Psychobitches. She has also written extensively. Her columns have often appeared in the Guardian, Independent and many other publications; and she and her brother Jeremy write and star in BBC Radio 4's Incredible Women. Born in East London, she read English at St. Hugh's College, Oxford, and was the first female president of the Oxford Revue. Follow Rebecca Front on Twitter https://twitter.com/RebeccaFront
Rebecca Front is a much-loved actor and writer with impeccable comedy credentials.She is an experienced writer - for television, radio and in her newspaper columns - and her witty, wry but warm writing style is perfectly suited to this kind of autobiographical approach.As well as the audiences for her TV, she has a loyal fanbase among Radio 4 listeners and her 90,000 followers on Twitter.Rebecca read from CURIOUS on BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week.CURIOUS was shortlisted for the Non-fiction Book of the Year at the 2014 National Book Awards.
CURIOUS is a collection of delightfully witty stories by actress, comedy writer and columnist Rebecca Front. Rebecca has always used anecdotes from her own life to inform not only the characters she plays in such series as THE THICK OF IT and NIGHTY NIGHT, but also her frequent observational comment pieces for the GUARDIAN, INDEPENDENT and other magazines.
In CURIOUS, she takes those characters further, exploring and delighting in the absurdities of life, the oddities of human nature. Rebecca's acutely observed, refreshingly honest and deliciously funny take on contemporary life will delight her fans and win her many new ones.