True. But I find comics much more rereadable than prose. I hardly ever reread prose.
I actually bailed on the Lycett book. 2/3 in I just got a bit bored of it and skimmed the rest. There’s only really two or three instances where he actually gets a reply to his emails. One is him contesting a parking fine, which is quite funny. Except, I’ve seen him do that bit on TV and somehow in more detail there than in the book, and it’s hard to be on his side when he’s such a entitled dick about parking illegally. He’s not some put-down everyman crusading against a corrupt system, he’s a guy who fully admits that he broke the law and doesn’t feel he should have to pay for it.
It feels like the whole book was commissioned off the back of that story (as seen on TV) and Lycett really had nothing else of the same calibre to fill the book, so just went with every stupid email he’s sent, padded out with some fairly decent prose and lots of stupid illustrations. There’s a chapter about him posting snarky comments on people’s inspirational Instagram and Facebook posts and yes, those are dross, but he comes off worst from that than the simpletons trying to be inspirational, not least because they never engage with him. He’s just another snarky git on the internet, who happens to have a book deal.
I actually decided to try for a return on Amazon. I’m gentle with books, so it doesn’t look read and you have 14 days without needing a reason anyway. The downside is that return postage would wipe out at least half the refund, but I figured I’d do it anyway, claw a bit back. But Amazon accepted the return, immediately refunded me and told me not to bother sending the book back. And all without needing to send any snarky emails.