Book – The World of Karl Pilkington

Author – Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington

Year – 2006

Pages – 229

Genre – Humour

When I moved in with Alex a couple of months ago, I had to undergo the monstrous task of culling my book collection. Over the course of several months packing, over six hundred books went – around half of what I owned. It was painful, but also needed to happen. I don’t have the time to read all of them and people keep peskily writing and publishing new books all of the time that I want to read.

I still need to keep going really – there is limited space and the books I have look an absolute mess at the moment. However, there are certain books that I wanted to whizz through just so I could put them on here, and this is one of them.

I love Ricky Gervais. The Office is one of the formative TV programmes of my young adult life, and I have loved just about everything he has done since. Even if he is a knob. This book is transcripts of his radio show with Stephen Merchant and their producer, the somewhat dim-witted Karl Pilkington. A bit of a break out star, Karl is funny because he has an unusual outlook on the world, some stupid ideas, and yet comes across as entirely relatable. We may not all feel like we are Karl, but we all feel like we know a Karl.

There are moments in the book that are laugh out loud funny. There are moments that are less so. Some that paint all three of them in a good light, and some that simply don’t. All throughout are peppered Karl’s little cartoons which are fun and enjoyable. A light read to say the least, but worth me pushing on through.