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Al Murray: The Pub Landlord's Book of British Common Sense

3.12  ·  Rating Details ·  120 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 11th 2007 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published July 25th 2005)
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Saoirse Sterling
Back when Al Murray's alter-ego The Pub Landlord was all over the TV ("Big Bob, Big Bob, Big Bob Big Bob Big Bob") I bought these books and yes, found them entertaining. He takes the piss out of the racist, sexist, 70's ideological pub-going English(men) who make Nigel Farage look slightly left-wing.

It is very amusing, but I think it's also of it's time. It was pre-UKIP (in media coverage, anyway) and it was about a mythical beast that only existed during opening hours of their local. Harmless,
Ian Wood
Jan 07, 2008 Ian Wood rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no-one
Shelves: scripts-film-etc
As well as ‘joy to all’ Christmas also heralds so many less welcome events into our homes such as ‘the Christmas jumper’, ‘socks/ties adorned by cartoon characters’ and most disturbingly ‘hilarious Christmas books’. Conceived as a sort of Annual for Adults these brightly coloured and lavishly tooled eyesores come gift wrapped from people whom have absolutely no idea what to buy us.

Once a year every fairly well known comedian/comic actor has his stage act stretched into a series of awful features
Raluca Popescu
Feb 12, 2014 Raluca Popescu rated it it was ok
I got this as a gift. And by "gift" I mean the friend who owned it threatened to chuck it before he moves out and saddled me with it.
I'm wondering whether I'm the only person who really sat down and read it, rather than flicking through it with a vaguely amused snicker.
So it's supposed to be a parody of what the regular pub-going Brit thinks of everything around him, from religion, work and football to which James Bond is the best Bond (Sean Connery) and which Doctor Who is the best Doctor (Sean
Oct 01, 2015 Lesley rated it really liked it
Despite the fact I normally don't like Al Murray's stand-up 'act' (if you can even call it that), I actually did laugh in places whilst reading this book. It first came to my attention at work (I work in a charity shop and we'd just started selling books at the time). Somebody bought it (it was a paperback version) but then I found the hardback version in another shop a few weeks later. It seemed interesting so I thought I'd give it a go and, weirdly, it didn't let me down!

(I still don't particu
Duncan Wilson
Dec 18, 2012 Duncan Wilson rated it liked it
if you like al murray's "pub landlord" act then you'll love this book. a humorous take on the typical "fact" books that you get at christmas time.
full of classic observations form the landlord himself its easy to see al murrays intelligence shine through some segments and his observations are extremley witty. probaly to both those that get the joke and those that don't.
great fun and a brilliant gift.
Brad Medd
Jun 28, 2015 Brad Medd rated it really liked it
Picked this one up purely out of curiosity, gave it a read, found myself in stitches during some parts. It's full of witty observations which are very true to life and it's generally amusing throughout. It's not what I'd typically go for so I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Now with that said,I'm off t' pub.
Jun 22, 2012 Simon rated it really liked it
Completely inane but often very amusing. I know nothing of Al Murray, I've lived in NZ for several years but I'm back here in England on holiday, so reading this devotion to Britain is most enjoyable, especially during the jubilee period, and with Europe having a shocker politically. Great to read in short burts; e.g. on the tube.
Conor O'mahony
Sep 18, 2013 Conor O'mahony rated it it was amazing
I first saw his act 10 years ago. This book is just that EXACT same act written down. A shame his act has not moved on since then
Jul 25, 2011 Niels rated it liked it
Great for a little laugh. Dont read it in one go - leave it somewhere where you can read 5-10 minutes at the time....
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Alastair James Hay "Al" Murray is an English comedian and TV personality well known for his stand-up persona and quick repartee.

His best-known character is "The Pub Landlord", a mock-xenophobic but stereotypical publican.
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