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All That Happened At Number 26

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  218 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Heartwarming and written with the author’s trademark candor, this memoir reflects on a comedian’s decision to move into a new home with her husband, his circus equipment, a king-sized futon, no savings, and a newborn baby. Following the birth of the couple’s second child, this recollection details how the husband lost his eyebrows, the circus equipment multiplied, and the ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 4th 2008 by Hardie Grant Books (first published November 1st 2008)
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Oct 08, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Allison
This really was a laugh out loud book. I had to keep apologising to people around me for laughing. I could hear Denise Scott's voice in my head and really enjoyed the journey she took me on with her family. This is a very honest and humorous reflection of Denise's life. I really enjoyed it. An easy read.
May 02, 2011 Maggie rated it it was ok
Disappointing. I have seen the author Denise Scott appear a number of times on various ABC TV shows, and generally find her quite appealing. Her form of comedy / stand up isn't offensive, more reflective on day to day events, a narrative of her life. The book is the same. I think it would be better to hear the stories as a stand up routine - there aren't many if any laugh out loud moments in the book, but I can imagine finding the tales funnier if she were to tell them herself.
Jacqui Gordon
May 20, 2011 Jacqui Gordon rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
I keep seeing Denise Scott on Spicks & Specks and other comedy shows and I find her to be hilarious so I decided to read her biography. I found it to be very honest and funny account of her life and her family's. It was interesting to read how she put together her stand up acts and just how 'real' the antics were. The ups and downs of her relationships with her husband, her career and her life were described in unflinching and revealing ways and it was a very fascinating read!
I love Denise Scott - I have done since I was a teenager and I was disappointed I couldn't make it to her show (of the same title) when it came to Adelaide.

This book charts Scott's family life from their early days with a brand new baby to their current situation with the full nest and wondering what's coming next.

The book is an addictive series of very short chapters - almost like the books you often find that are a collection of pieces by a regular columnist, where each snippet is relatively t
Sep 29, 2011 Dar rated it liked it
I love Denise Scott, this was a funny & pleasant insight into her personal life.
Meg Dunley
Jan 16, 2012 Meg Dunley rated it really liked it
A great light hearted read by Denise Scott that really could have been about what is happening in my house (except without Denise's great humour). A really well written and very funny book. The book is basically a memoir of her and her family's life whilst they lived at Number 26 and all of the goings on there. The ups and the downs, and the ins and the outs of life whilst they grew up. The crazy times of being with incredibly creative parents, but incredibly poor. Parents putting up with each o ...more
Dec 18, 2015 Felicity rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Not knowing much about the author as a stand up comedian, I found her writing style friendly, happy, straight to the point, funny, witty, heartfelt and just the style of writing I like to read! I like conversational writing. I like easy to read writing. I like writing that reads as if the author were speaking to me, and me alone. Denise….I like your writing! Thank you for a wonderful book that let me into your life and family No 26.
Jun 23, 2013 Lee rated it it was amazing
I unashamedly adore Denise Scott. Every appearance she makes on tv has me in hysterics. So I had high expectations for this book and was worried I might be disappointed. I needn't have worried. This book is a hilarious read. Denise's world is very typical Australian. Her trials and tribulations with her children, her marriage, her mother and her job seem so familiar (especially to this middle aged female Australian mother). My favourite section was where she 'gives up' smoking! So funny. There a ...more
Sallyann Van leeuwen
Lighthearted amusing book from Denise, through all the highs and lows of family and gaining enough work to pay the bills. Loved reminiscing the glory days of the Big Gig and the other comedy shows that Denise was a part of.
Kara Kelly
Apr 19, 2015 Kara Kelly rated it really liked it
This book was so funny and heartfelt. I laughed out loud many times while reading it.
Dec 28, 2015 Bec rated it really liked it
Hilarious candid memoir, wanted to devour the book in a day!
Jan 03, 2016 Clare rated it it was amazing
This is a laugh out loud book from start to finish!!!
Apr 11, 2014 Helena rated it it was amazing
Laughed so hard I could barely breath. Laugh! Did I what ?
Cate Ellink
Book club read
Jan 20, 2016 Paula rated it it was amazing
very funny and down to earth
Jul 29, 2011 Sharon rated it really liked it
Shelves: loved-this-one
OMG, you must read this book, for the laugh's and for seeing that this woman can write as amusingly as she can tell a story in her stand up routines.

Loved this book, so glad I spent the money to buy it, and will be pushing it onto my friends as a "you have to read this"

I loved her tales of being a parent, and the fact that I could so relate to them.

Great book!!
Dec 19, 2012 Elise rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoirs, comedy
Hilarious and touching, Dennis Scott really captures her younger years of meeting her husband and the changes posed by family and long term relationship, the growing up of her kids, and how she fell into performing joining the circus and then on to stand up comedy. Her writing style is as dry and witty as she is in her stand up making truthful and funny observations about her life.
Oct 17, 2013 Katherine rated it liked it
a very enjoyable, easy read. having heard denise doing stand up comedy its easy to imagine her voice telling the stories which she does with so much humour while not avoiding the difficult issues of her household. no flowery language just an entertaining way of looking at life & coping with the struggles. definitely recommend.
May 16, 2013 Sasha rated it really liked it
Very honest account of life from dennis scott as wife mother and stand up comedian. Always entertaining but not always laugh out loud. With many moments that I'm sure stay at home mums can relate too
Kylie Holcombe
Sep 15, 2014 Kylie Holcombe rated it really liked it
Shelves: humour, great-read
A very funny book, I quite often laughed out loud reading this. Denise Scott really knows how to tell a good yarn that is both funny and sometimes packed with emotion. I hope she writes more!
Paul Hancock
Jan 13, 2013 Paul Hancock rated it it was amazing
Very like a chat with an old friend who is great storyteller. Denise takes through her life in a "warts and all" memoir. She never spares herself in this wickedly funny narrative.
Amanda Page
Mar 23, 2013 Amanda Page rated it it was amazing
Denise Scott's voice rings through loud and clear; candid and funny and moving and hilarious.
Deb Short
Jul 09, 2013 Deb Short rated it really liked it
Very funny, lots of laughing out loud. Def. up there with "Dear Fatty" (Dawn French).
Apr 24, 2013 Nettie rated it really liked it
Laugh out loud funny. When I read it I could hear her voice in my head.
Judy Nickless
Aug 02, 2014 Judy Nickless rated it really liked it
Honestly funny and funnily honest
Mar 22, 2013 Angela rated it really liked it
A comedic tale of an eccentric family home. Very chuckle-worthy :)
Stefanie Rethus
Feb 09, 2015 Stefanie Rethus rated it it was amazing
Loved it, actually had 'laugh out loud' moments
Penny O'shea
Jan 24, 2013 Penny O'shea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put this down - laughed my head off.
Aug 06, 2011 Christine rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book.
Apr 08, 2011 Leanne rated it really liked it
A great, light, fast read.
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