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‘Funny, super-smart, clever and ridiculous’ Richard Osman

Shakespeare clone and would-be playwright Billy has just arrived in an English seaside town with his sister Sally, who was cloned from a hair found on the back of a bus seat. All Billy wants is a cheap B&B, an ice cream and a huge hit in the West End. Little does he know that their fellow clones Bill and Sal are
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Julie
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A strange but funny book, this is an extravagant farce involving one of the best known names in British history – or rather his clone, or two. It has an equally strange title as it is set in a seaside town, and is consequently full of references to the beach and rather sad Bed and Breakfast establishments. Not terribly scientific, but enormous fun as people run in and out of buildings, around the small town and generally avoid the truth for as long as possible, while creating misunderstandings a ...more
Amy
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Combining Marie’s talent for screwball comedy with the plot of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors, this is a madcap combination of mistaken identity, some dodgy genetic experimentation, the bard’s finest phrasing, and the pleasures of the English seaside resort.

Clones Billy and Sally are blissfully unaware of fellow clone twins Bill and Sal’s existence. All they want is a cheap B&B, an ice cream, and somewhere inspirational for Billy to write his West End debut. But when Billy is found by Sal an
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Siobhan
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Oh, I Do Like To Be... is a comic romp that takes the plot of The Comedy of Errors and makes it about modern day Shakespeare clones. Billy was cloned from Shakespeare and his sister Sally was cloned from a hair on the seat of a bus. Together they've just arrived in a seaside town, where Billy wants to work on his writing in the hope of completing a play. Instead, they run into Bill and Sal, who seem to be remarkably similar to them, and things are about to get very confusing as Billy deals with ...more
B.R. Maycock
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit, this is a book that really came at the right time, a time when I was heading, kicking and screaming into a mother of a reading slump, with a backlog that needed to be delved into. I have to admit I wasn't sure it was me but within the first few pages I was hooked, as I read the story of Billy and his sister Sally. You hear the word 'clone' and you accept it will be a kooky kind of book, but nothing prepared me for the mayhem and mix ups that totally hit the spot as my kind of hu ...more
Josiphine/Tessa
***Thank you to Netgalley for giving me this copy in exchange for an honest review!***

This was delightful! It's a short, fun read that made me laugh. How could I say no to a (loose) retelling of The Comedy of Errors featuring Shakespeare clones?! It isn't a very long book and some of the characterizations worked better than others (the first set of twins is much better developed than the second, for instance) and it does feature some tropes which would annoy me in anywhere else. For instance: t
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Karen
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fun, short, with some sweet insights. Couldn’t put it down. Finished in one night.
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Having studied Latin and Ancient Greek Literature in high school, I always loved comedies featuring mistaken identities, brothers and sisters separated at birth and then reunited, funny situations created by misunderstandings that, then, I found and loved in William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. So, when I read that OH, I DO LIKE TO BE is a “modern update” of the Shakespearean comedy, I was really looking forward to read it and I wasn’t disappointed.

Billy and Bill don’t know each other, bu
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Born in London in 1976, I now live in Amsterdam. My novels are 'Gods Behaving Badly', 'The Table of Less Valued Knights' and 'Oh, I Do Like TO Be...' I also co-wrote the BBC Radio 4 series and book 'Warhorses of Letters', the BBC Radio 4 series 'Some Hay in a Manger', and was one of the contributors to the collection of spoof erotic essays, 'Fifty Shelves of Grey' (as Vanessa Parody). There's anot ...more