Content Provider Selected Short Prose Pieces 2011-2016 by Stewart Lee

My husband hasn’t bought me a book as a present for YEARS. He says he has no idea what I like any more. But he bought me Content Provider by Stewart Lee for Christmas.

We’ve been fans of Stewart Lee since the late 90s, when we loved him so much that we used to watch live recordings in London of his show This Morning with Richard not Judy with Richard Herring. More recently, we have found Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle on TV absolutely hilarious.

Content Provider is not my usual sort of book. Because it’s a collection of short pieces of prose – mainly newspaper columns. I mistakenly bought a book of short stories a while back and I haven’t got round to reading it yet, because I don’t like to read in that way. I like a proper nice long story that I can get my teeth into. But at first I actually enjoyed reading a couple of complete pieces of Content Provider at a time.

The articles are very funny, but also very intellectual. I can see they wouldn’t be many people’s cup of tea. He’s also included some of his negative online comments after the articles – mainly from people saying he’s sh*t or who completely miss the irony.

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This made me properly laugh out loud

There were plenty of times when I laughed out loud, but I must admit, by about halfway through, I was starting to get a bit bored. You can have too much of a good thing and some of the articles were starting to get repetitive. Reading a column every week in a newspaper would probably feel like a treat, but reading several a day for two weeks started to feel like a chore.

I’m never going to go off Stewart Lee’s stand-up, but his writing is definitely for die-hard fans only (who most definitely, like myself, wouldn’t be David Cameron supporters!).

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Ooh I’m not sure I’d like this. I agree with you about short stories too, and yet I’ve never got around to writing a longer story myself, how ridiculous.

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    • This one is definitely only for big fans! I’m a big fan, yet even I got a bit fed up about halfway through. I’ve got a book of short stories I mistakenly bought, which I’ve been putting off reading. I haven’t read anything so far this year which has really excited me 🙁 x

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  2. Sounds like a book to dip in and out of rather than reading all at the once, thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

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    • Definitely! I think it would work much better that way. I shouldn’t have tried to read it all in one go like I did.

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  3. This sounds like a coffee table book as opposed to a bedtime book. I have a similar Maeve Binchy book which just includes her newspaper columns. Although I love her books I’ve never got around to finishing that one!


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    • I definitely should have kept it as a coffee table book rather than try to plough through it all! I would probably have enjoyed it a lot more that way.

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  4. Not my sort of book but might be fun to read a couple in a spare moment and then leave it for another day.

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    • I should definitely have done that! The articles were funny, but it was too many to read them all. I won’t be buying another book like this in a hurry.

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  5. Sounds like this would be a great book to pick up from time to time rather than read all in one go. I like the sound of the articles though #readwithme

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    • In retrospect I should definitely have done that! The articles are very funny, but I didn’t need to read them all in one go as I started to get a bit fed up of them!

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  6. Doesn’t sound like my kind of thing either. I don’t mind short stories but I don’t buy them often. Like you, I prefer to get stuck in a good long book 🙂 #ReadWithMe

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    • Thanks very much! It was worth a try to get out of my comfort zone, but I’m a lot happier in my comfort zone!

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  7. I’m not sure if I’d like this or no – I always think these sorts of books sound great but then don’t quite meet the expectation #readwithme

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