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Bonnier Books UK has acquired the first book from much-loved comedian and podcaster Josh Widdicombe.

A childhood memoir about growing up watching far too much TV in the 1990s, Watching Neighbours Twice a Day… tells the story of a strange rural childhood, the kind of childhood Widdicombe only realised was weird when he left home and started telling people about it.

Using a different television show of the time as it’s starting point for each chapter, Watching Neighbours Twice a Day… is part-childhood memoir, part-comic history of 90s television and culture. It will discuss everything from the BBC convincing him that Michael Parkinson had been possessed by a ghost, to Josh’s belief that Mr Blobby is one of the great comic characters, to what it’s like being the only vegetarian child west of Bristol.

Josh said: ‘Plenty has been written about the music, art or sport of the 90s but none of these things were as central to our daily lives as the television. In the UK, Oasis album Definitely Maybe sold just over two million copies, How Do They Do That?, presented by Des Lynam and Jenny Hull got 12 million viewers a week. This book is an honest account of what it was like growing up in the 90s on Dartmoor watching far too much TV, the story of a strange kid in a strange place watching some strange shows, and if writing this book has taught me anything it is that I was a much stranger kid than I realised.’

Publisher Matt Phillips said: ‘Josh Widdicombe has spent the last twelve months supporting us all with his hilarious podcast on lockdown parental hell, now he gives us this hearfelt, genuinely funny, and utterly nostalgic look at 90s popular culture with slices of memoir. This is the perfect throwback to a rose-tinted era of Britpop, Cool Britannia and, um, Eldorado.’

Josh tours nationwide as one of the UK’s finest stand-up comedians as well as co-hosting The Last Leg, and has starred on Have I Got News For You, Live At The Apollo, Taskmaster and numerous other TV comedy Shows. He also hosts one of the country’s most
popular podcasts – Lockdown Parenting Hell – with fellow comedian Rob Beckett, and Quickly Kevin, Will He Score?, a podcast about football in the 90s.

Publishing on 16th September, Watching Neighbours Twice a Day… will be available in hardback, eBook and audiobook.