Friday 8 October 2021

Blog Tour: Review of Sidesplitter by Phil Wang Appearing at Cheltenham Literature Festival #CheltLitFest @midaspr @cheltlitfest


It is my stop on the blog tour for Cheltenham Literature Festival Celebration and today I am going to be reviewing Side Splitter by Phil Wang. Phil will be appearing at the festival tomorrow and you can find a link to that event here! I listened to this book on audiobook and I will be reviewing it for you today but if you like the sound of that or want to order one after watching his event at the festival, you can click here for that!

Review: Although I was sent a physical copy of this book in exchange for a review, I actually bought the audiobook since it is narrated by the author himself. I am so pleased that I read this via audio because you get the emphasis of funny moments and the tone required in more serious moments. This is also my first encounter with Phil Wang and so it was a really good way to get to know him through him reading to me in my car on my commute. The audio narration was fantastic and well-paced. 

This book definitely made me laugh and I really wish I could be at Phil Wang's event at Cheltenham Literature festival because I would love to hear more from him. The structure of the book is a great balance between facts and observations alongside humour and personal opinions. I definitely learned a lot as well as laughing out loud at various moments. I like how this book is marketed as 'not a memoir' but each section comes from a very personal point of view. 

My favourite chapter was definitely food and this is the chapter that had me laughing consistently throughout and definitely made me hungry. There were so many points about 'British Food' that I hadn't thought about and that is a general theme of the book overall. So many of the talking points in each chapter were things which I had not actively given headspace too either at all or at least not recently and so I definitely thank Phil Wang for giving me pause for thought. I will definitely be checking out some more of his work including his stand up because I admired the way he put things and he definitely made me laugh over the course of this book!

To order your copy now, just click this link!

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