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Lyttelton’s Britain: A User’s Guide to the British Isles as Heard on BBC Radio’s “I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue”

By Humphrey Lyttelton

Rating: 4 stars

This is a collection of the little vignettes that Humph read out about whatever city the I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue team were visiting that week. Funny, sarcastic and sometimes laden with double entendres, this is a fun book to dip into. In my head, they automatically take on Humph’s dry, innocent and somewhat bored tones that made him a master of the radio and still missed.

Book details

ISBN: 9781848091078
Publisher: Preface Publishing
Year of publication: 2008

It Just Occurred to Me . . .: The Reminiscences Thoughts of Chairman Humph

By Humphrey Lyttelton

Rating: 4 stars

This is a wonderful book that has jazz legend and broadcaster Humphrey Lyttleton letting loose in full raconteur mode. There is no real theme or structure to this book, it’s just Humph writing about things that occur to him so he jumps from his days as a cartoonist and restaurant critic to talking about his mother’s time as a VAD in the Great War to an anecdote about Louis Armstrong’s obsession with herbal laxatives. It’s makes for wonderful reading, and Lyttleton’s distinctive dry tones seem to rise out of each page with occasional comments from Lyttleton’s alter-ego, Chairman Humph, long-standing (and much missed) chair of the great I’m Sorry, I Haven’t a Clue.

A very enjoyable book with lots of great anecdotes, ranging from his upbringing and schooldays at Eton right through to his jazz career and Clue.

Book details

ISBN: 9781905798179
Publisher: Robson Books
Year of publication: 2006

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