Sunday Book Club -A Class Act, Rob Beckett

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 are going to look at a book by Rob Beckett.

A Class Act: Life As A Working-Class Man In A Middle-Class World (2021)

Rob Beckett


Rob Beckett never seems to fit in. At work, in the middle-class world of television and comedy, he’s the laddie, cockney geezer, but to his mates down the pub in south-east London, he’s the theatrical one, a media luvvie. Even at home, his wife and kids are posher than him.

In this hilarious exploration of class, Rob compares his life growing up as a working-class kid to the life he lives now, trying to understand where he truly belongs.

– from Amazon

Positive Points

This book has elements and sections that will you will enjoy, it is a story that is full of lots of fun anecdotes and hit journey to becoming a stand up comedian. The stories are not in chronological order as the book is broken up into different topics, which is nice to read as they appear and not in order, meaning you are not waiting for bits about Romesh, or television shows such as Mock The Week. The book is all about comparing the middle class to working class living. One of the fun part is when he lets his wife Lou take over the narrative for a few pages.

Negative Points

If you are not a fan of Rob Beckett, this is not a book for you as it feels when you read it you have to sort of understand and know his persona as he can write in quite an abrupt manner.

Overall Review

Out of all the books that have been released from comedians after the lockdown period, I would say this is an interesting read, I wouldn’t say it is my favourite but there are some sections of it that are enjoyable. It is one of those books that I enjoyed the first time but I do not think I will read again.

Rating : *** 3 Stars

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