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It's Lit But Is It Funny?

Author: JonP

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This is a podcast where we’re going to take a critical look at one of the most neglected genres in literature: the funny book. In each episode I’m going to invite a fellow writer to pick a favourite example and tell me what makes it work for them.
27 Episodes
Andy Fanton talks to me about Roald Dahl's George's Marvellous Medicine, as well as his own work writing and drawing for The Beano and The Dandy, the responsibility of taking on much-loved iconic characters, NFTs, and the potential retooling of Lord Likely.
The writer Nik Perring talks to me about Jon Klassen's The Rock From The Sky, as well as his own work and how he would cope with an imaginary tail.
Emily Koch talks about Meg Mason's hugely successful novel Sorrow and Bliss, currently shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction. We also talk about her own award-winning novels and the extraordinary story of how she found her agent.
The poet Robert Garnham – aka Professor of Whimsy and Bard of Exeter – talks to me about Myles Before Myles, the collection of Flann O'Brien's early work. We also talk about his own career in performance poetry and his unexpected brush with fame as creator of one of the Edinburgh Fringe's greatest one liners, as well as the genius of Laurie Anderson and Ivor Cutler.
The novelist Beth Miller talks to me about Sue Townsend's classic The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾, as well as the strange world of tribute acts and how difficult it is to get a funny book published these days.
The bestselling novelist Cally Taylor talks to me about Oyinkan Braithwaite's "My Sister, The Serial Killer" and her own work - including the difference between plotting and pantsing, switching genres and keeping up with a schedule of writing a book every year.
The journalist Andrew Male joins me to talk about Jonathan Ames's The Extra Man and his own work at Mojo magazine and elsewhere.
Karen Jones discusses Christopher Brookmyre's hilarious thriller One Fine Day In The Middle Of The Night, as well as her own work as a writer and judge of short stories and flash fiction.
Award-winning author Jane Lovering discusses Jane Austen's surprisingly contemporary novel Northanger Abbey, and identifies her as the inventor of Chick Lit. She also revisits a decade-old interview with unexpected results.
Publishing legend Scott Pack discuss Otfried Preussler's The Wise Men of Schilda and its unexpected modern day parallels. He also talks about why no-one takes comic literature seriously and the future of publishing in general.
The writer Imran Ahmad discusses Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy as well his own work, including the Oprah Winfrey-endorsed memoir Unimagined (aka The Perfect Gentleman).
The comedian and writer Ian Moore discusses PG Wodehouse's Aunts Aren't Gentlemen and his own work with me.
The writer Dan Brotzel discusses Lucy Kellaway's Who Moved My Blackberry™? and his own work with me.
The comedy writer Gabby Hutchinson Crouch discusses John Hegley's The Family Pack and her own work with me.
Polly Hall, writer and podcaster, discusses David Sedaris's Me Talk Pretty One Day and her own work with me.
Chris Fielden on Mort

Chris Fielden on Mort


Chris Fielden, writer, literary competition organiser and drummer, discusses Terry Pratchett's Mort and his own work with me. Features slightly louder intro music than usual.
Lucy Flannery, award-winning writer and RLF consultant fellow, discusses Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair and her own work with me.
Andy Miller, co-host of the Backlisted podcast and author of The Year of Reading Dangerously, discusses Douglas Adams's Last Chance to See and his own work with me.
Neil Laurenson, author of Exclamation Marx!, discusses David Nicholls's Starter for Ten and his own work with me.
Paul Flower, author of The Great American Cheese War, discusses Joseph Heller's Catch-22 and his own work with me.
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