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  • Published: 4 October 2018
  • ISBN: 9781473542358
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

Straight Outta Crawley

Memoirs of a Distinctly Average Human Being




The hilarious, best-selling life story of one of Britain's most adored comedy stars.

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLERStraight Outta Crawley is the hilarious and irreverent autobiography from comedian Romesh Ranganathan.'Very, very funny. I can't recommend it highly enough.' Jonathan Ross_________________________________

At the age of 9, Romesh Ranganathan delivered his first ever stand-up set at a Pontin's holiday camp talent competition, smashing the other competitor, a young girl playing the kazoo.

The gig went so well that Romesh retired his comic genius for twenty-two years, hiding behind the guise of a maths teacher, before finally revealing himself again (no, not like that) at the tender age of 31. In 2010, Ranganathan staged his epic comeback gig to an almost silent room, and has since gone on to earn his place as the most in-demand overweight vegan Sri Lankan comedian in Britain.

Now, for the first time, he tells the full story of how he got here. From the delights of Sri Lankan hospitality to his struggles as a child, teacher and now parent, to his adolescent flirtation with a rap career and his attempts to make it in comedy, Straight Outta Crawley is Ranganathan's hilarious and irreverent autobiography.

COMING SOON: As Good As It Gets: Life Lessons from a Reluctant Adult, Romesh Ranganathan's hilarious and painfully accurate dissection of what it really means to grow up.

  • Published: 4 October 2018
  • ISBN: 9781473542358
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

About the author

Romesh Ranganathan

Romesh Ranganathan is a comedian and actor. A former maths teacher, he made his comedy circuit debut in 2010, and has quickly established himself as one of Britain’s best loved comedy stars.

Known for his RTS Award winning series ‘The Misadventures Of Romesh Ranganathan’, his weekly topical show ‘The Ranganation’, and his Sky One sitcom ‘The Reluctant Landlord’, he has also travelled the globe with Rob Beckett in ‘Rob & Romesh Vs’, been a regular on ‘A League Of Their Own’ and starred in the show that first brought Romesh and his mum to the public consciousness, the BAFTA nominated ‘Asian Provocateur’.

Romesh is currently in the middle of his biggest stand-up tour to date, ‘The Cynic’s Mixtape’, which sold out theatres in record time across the UK, including a phenomenal 12-nights at Hammersmith Apollo.

Amongst all of this, he still manages to squeeze in time to record his award-winning podcast ‘Hip Hop Saved My Life’, to write his regular ‘Midlife Crisis’ column for the Guardian, and to pen his bestselling autobiography, Straight Outta Crawley.

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Praise for Straight Outta Crawley

Very, very funny. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Jonathan Ross

His ability to produce bitingly fresh gags marks him out from the crowd.

The Guardian

Frank and very funny.

The Daily Telegraph

Delivered with consummate skill... totally original.

Evening Standard

Irresistible gags with stink-bomb impact.

The Guardian

Romesh Ranganathan, a man who has turned misanthropy into a gloriously enjoyable art.

Evening Standard

He has the natural swagger of a comedian who knows how to dominate a room.

The Times

Boasts all the classic hallmarks of the stand-up wanting to triumph over trauma. Candidly amusing.

Evening Standard

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