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That graphic looks a bit TOO REALISTIC!

Who did it? Some gender-captured, wokester perhaps... 🤔

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Nov 22, 2023·edited Nov 22, 2023Liked by Graham Linehan, mole at the counter

I declare 2024 Tough Crowd Year :-D

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Feb 12Liked by mole at the counter

I just finished it today, so I declare February 13th to be Tough Crowd Day of Remembrance.

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Nov 22, 2023Liked by mole at the counter

I bought the book, want the t shirt, would like to hear Graham reading it, he'll probably read it better than my internal monologue.

What is the best way of getting most of the price to the creator?

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Most of the price? If you have bought the book direct, then you have already done so. 😊

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Catching up with these comments. Thanks, everyone

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Nov 22, 2023Liked by mole at the counter

It is your duty to promote it Graham - don't be shy. Great book - would make an excellent stocking filler if anyone stuck for ideas this Christmas

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Nov 22, 2023Liked by Graham Linehan

It’s a great book Graham. I particularly liked your frank description of your writing woes - what worked and what didn’t work too. I’m watching Father Ted again via Amazon Prime. I’d forgotten how good it was. Had the pleasure of meeting you at the Let Women Speak event in Glasgow. Thank you for everything you do x

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Nov 22, 2023Liked by mole at the counter

It's such a shame that we have been denied Graham's writing for so many years because of this ridiculous sacred cow, sorry bull, or is it steer?

It is such a rich vein for lampooning, far more dogmatic and contradictory than the Catholic Church.

I do think the Nazi comparisons are a tad unfair though, I mean I know they were into experimental surgery and controlling thoughts and behaviours but those guys had style, they knew how to dress.

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Yup - dressed by Hugo Boss.

First surgeon to do GR surgery was an avowed homophobic Nazi. (Did Lilli Elbe aka The Danish Girl). He felt it was better to turn gay men into women then let them be gay. (Sounds familiar). As the paediatrician of Berlin's children's orphanages and care homes he experimented on the genitalia of children in his 'care'. Performed the hyperthermia experiments in concentration camps. After the war he enthusiastically embraced Communism and had a successful career in East Germany.

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I bought mine from Waterstones and the staff couldn’t find a copy initially but persevered for me and eventually found one. They were happy to have a conversation about it too (on this occasion).

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Nov 22, 2023Liked by mole at the counter

Same thing happened when I went into Waterstones to ask for Robert Galbraith’s Troubled Blood - no copies to be found on shelves, yet computer said there were three available. The member of staff located all three copies in the stock room, handed one to me and placed the other two on the shelf.

I’m wondering how long they remained there before being removed by someone with blue hair.

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I had the same with Sharon Davies book too...censoring what people read...

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Are her detective stories any good? I’ve never tried one.

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We love the stories and Cormoran Strike, her wounded veteran detective hero. The television series is stellar, with engaging actors and good photography. Is

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So there's a tv series called "Cormoran Strike"?

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JK Rowling writes a detective series under the name of Robert Galbraith.

First one: The Cuckoo's Calling

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The boy who plays Strike in the TV show looks a lot like Null, the Kiwi Farms admin. I wonder if that was a conscious decision by casting...

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Yes, they’re great! Start with ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ and they get better and better; plus there’s an evolving relationship that you want to see grow.

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Oh, I love that idea. I didn't know the books were connected.

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They are brilliant!

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Nov 22, 2023·edited Nov 22, 2023Liked by mole at the counter

Tough Crowd is a massively enjoyable read, thanks Big G.

I'm in town tomorrow, so will ask in the book shops & library.

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Nov 22, 2023Liked by mole at the counter

Is it in Canadian bookstores or am I just delusional to think they would stock it here in TransCanada? 🤣

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Now you are being silly!

🤣

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Nov 22, 2023Liked by mole at the counter

Follow up - just checked Libby again and they have a sample on offer as an audio version and an ebook. So requests do work.

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Nov 22, 2023Liked by mole at the counter

That's Chad's Scalextric money, so "he" is always happy to help promote. "He" will get his mum to speak to the manager if need be. Was in Blackwells earlier and didn't see it so will ask.

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Nov 22, 2023Liked by mole at the counter

Requested it last month from my local library as well as online from Libby and Borrow box.

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Nov 22, 2023Liked by mole at the counter

Cut off too quickly from my last post. I wanted to say I have heard no more about my requests and will chase them up. I did buy a signed copy and it is doing the rounds.

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Nov 22, 2023Liked by mole at the counter

I bought mine in the Argyll street branch of Waterstones and was served by a trans identifying man. I smiled warmly at him and asked if they had any. He was smiling but once he heard what I was asking for his face straightened and he did not look at me again.

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oh dear!

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I'm scunnered that gray slaverys book is on a table in a pile yet yours is no where to be seen. Same with Sean fey. Both utter drivel yet pushed and promoted. Ugh.

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Nov 22, 2023Liked by mole at the counter

Have already been asking in bookshops. My local Waterstones had a copy which disappointed me! because my plan, which I had suggested on here, was to order two copies without paying in advance. Then when it arrived , buy one and tell them that the other one was for them to put on display. 😁

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Nov 22, 2023Liked by mole at the counter

Tough Crowd: How I Made and Lost a Career in Comedy

By

Graham Linehan (Author)

Hardback

£18.39

rrp £19.99

Save £1.60 (8%)

https://www.whsmith.co.uk/products/tough-crowd-how-i-made-and-lost-a-career-in-comedy/graham-linehan/hardback/9781785633065.html

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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'A must-read. Funny and utterly compelling' Jonathan Ross The Bafta-garlanded creator of Father Ted and The IT Crowd tells of his rise and painful fall. Part comedy-writing masterclass, part diary of a gender wars 'cancellation'. Having cut his teeth in music journalism, Graham Linehan became the finest sitcom writer of his generation. He captured the comedy zeitgeist not just as the co-creator of Father Ted but also with The IT Crowd and Black Books, winning five Baftas and a lifetime achievement award. Then his life took an unexpected turn. When he championed an unfashionable cause, TV commissioners no longer returned his emails, showbiz pals lost his number and his marriage collapsed. In an emotionally charged memoir that is by turns hilarious and harrowing, he lets us into the secrets of the writing room and colourfully describes the high-octane atmosphere of a sitcom set. But he also berates an industry where there was no one to stand by his side when he needed help. Bruised but not beaten, he explains why he chose the hill of women and girls' rights to die on - and why, despite the hardship of cancellation, he's not coming down from it any time soon.

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Nov 22, 2023Liked by mole at the counter

Read it. Loved it. Want to give you a big hug, Graham.

Will promote as much as possible x

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Nov 22, 2023Liked by mole at the counter

Just checked WHSmith and yes it’s in stock for £18.39.

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Nov 22, 2023Liked by mole at the counter

What wee bit I can do, I'll gladly get up to doing.

good on ya,

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