Book Review – James Acaster’s Classic Scrapes

James Acaster has been around in the world of comedy for a while now – and while I have seen him on a few panel shows and the like the first time he properly caught my attention was on a recent edition of “Bake Off”. If you didn’t see that you need to watch his highlights now!! Has anyone ever baked quite so badly???!

Then at the weekend I spotted his book in a discount store – well I just HAD to get it didn’t I?  And this is what I thought….

James Acaster’s Classic Scrapes


scrapes‘I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that has made me cry with laughter as much as this one. It was very difficult reading it in public as I looked like a madman’ – Richard Herring

James Acaster has been nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award five times and has appeared on prime-time TV shows like TASKMASTER, MOCK THE WEEKLIVE AT THE APOLLO and WOULD I LIE TO YOU?

But behind the fame and critical acclaim is a man perpetually getting into trouble. Whether it’s disappointing a skydiving instructor mid-flight, hiding from thugs in a bush wearing a bright red dress, or annoying the Kettering Board Games club, a didgeridoo-playing conspiracy theorist and some bemused Christians, James is always finding new ways to embarrass himself.

Appearing on Josh Widdicombe’s radio show to recount these stories, the feature was christened ‘James Acaster’s classic scrapes’. Here, in his first book, James recounts these tales (including never-before-heard stories) along with self-penned drawings, in all their glorious stupidity.

My Rating: 5/5

My Thoughts: This is a kind of biography but told through a series of “scrapes”. You do wonder how one man can get himself in so many crazy situations and he really does never seem to learn, but that is half the appeal. I challenge anyone not to laugh through this book – it’s a pure joy. And the fact that the wild strawberries story still haunts him is beyond endearing ❤ (Now you have to read it to see what that’s about!)

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