Sunday Book Club – Watching Neighbours Twice a Day… Josh Widdicombe

Every Sunday we are taking a look at the world of books. I read a lot and always want to share my opinions on what I read, so I thought it would be fun to write reviews. Today we look at a book by comedian Josh Widdicombe.

Watching Neighbours Twice a Day… (2021)

Josh Widdicombe


In his first memoir, Josh Widdicombe tells the story of a strange rural childhood, the kind of childhood he only realised was weird when he left home and started telling people about it. From only having four people in his year at school, to living in a family home where they didn’t just not bother to lock the front door, they didn’t even have a key.

Using a different television show of the time as its starting point for each chapter Watching Neighbours Twice a Day… is part-childhood memoir, part-comic history of ’90s television and culture. 

– from Amazon

Positive Points

In true Josh Widdicombe style, it is a joy to read, it is written very well and takes you down a trip of memory lane. It is obvious from the start that he has a strong interest in the nineties and relives it in extreme detail that any fan of nostalgia will love. Throughout there is a few great points where it refers to how television shows shaped his childhood and also some facts about some of those shows you may not even remember.

Negative Points

I never thought I would say it but there was way too much television in this book. I respect the fact that is the main focus but if you start the book talking about growing up and how shows effected you growing up and sort of autobiographical it should continue like that and not sore of fizzle out.

Overall Review

It is an easy book to read and it really takes you down a trip of fun memories of the nineties. Was it the book I wanted from Josh, well, yes and no. I have been listening to Josh since his radio shows in 2013 and so I know his fandom towards the nineties however I felt apart from that there wasn’t really any substance about the comedian. I want that book that tells the journey of the road to stand up as I am sure there are some fun stories to tell.

Rating : *** 3 Stars

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