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The Funny Thing About Death

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In the process, the comic reveals a vulnerable, conflicted side to herself that she never comes close to revealing on stage. Marvellous though she appears to have been in the main, Annie’s ego and insensitivity are aspects that Jo doesn’t shy away from. Jo Caulfield has written her first book, a memoir about her late sister, British Comedy Guide can exclusively reveal. They didn’t fit in at the Air Force bases they were raised on or the strict convent boarding school they were sent to. 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.

We often talked about how much we would enjoy being old ladies who don't give a fuck; but sadly I'll have to do that on my own. Voted Circuit Comedian of the Year in 2021 in a poll of fellow comics, alongside Ninia Benjamin and Mark Nelson, Caulfield has no truck with false modesty concerning the title.

You'll laugh, cry, breathe and want to read it again' -- Deborah Frances-White, author and host of The Guilty Feminist 'a story of two women carving out their place in the world, each with their experience of not fitting in and their own rebellious spirit' * The Bookseller * 'This memoir is every bit as exquisitely funny and poignant as one would expect. 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. Victoria Coren Mitchell interviews Dawn French, Olivia Colman, Sarah Millican and Germaine Greer in this four-part BBC Radio 4 series. But The Funny Thing About Death remains an affecting portrait of two distinct yet forever entwined personalities. Six years ago, Jo Caulfield was about to go on stage when she found out that her big sister Annie had cancer.

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? Annie is full of frustration and confusion and anger and wonder, all these emotions tied together with a ribbon of humour, sometimes dark as night, other times laugh-out-loud, always on the mark. In these four episodes, presenter Victoria Coren Mitchell and guests discuss their lives as seen through the prism of the cars they have known, the journeys they've been on and the things they keep in their boot for. Finance is provided by PayPal Credit (a trading name of PayPal UK Ltd, Whittaker House, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, TW9 1EH). She navigates the treacherous waters of bereavement and its unpredictable behaviour and emotions in this open, funny, sad, wry and highly readable gem' -- Jo Brand 'Excellent writing with heart, truth and comedy rolled into one important journey' -- Helen Lederer 'Sweet, brutal, funny, intimate and totally compelling, this is a brilliant meditation on grief and sisterhood - and a celebration of the seemingly inconsequential details and random moments that bind us to each other' -- Viv Groskop 'If this book was just a eulogy, that would be more than enough reason to say that you must read this, but it offers readers so much more.

Laughter is what gets us through the toughest times, and Jo Caulfield demonstrates that beautifully in this heartfelt and hilarious book' -- Jimmy Carr 'A remarkable and cathartic read. Marvellous though she appears to have been in the main, Annie's ego and insensitivity are aspects that Jo doesn't shy away from. Finally, sorrow and sorority inspired Jo to go all-out for charity and profits from 'The Funny Thing.

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