A Matter of Life and Death

Ronni Ancona, Alistair McGowan
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ISBN 9780571250547 Format Hardback
Published 01/10/2009 Length 272 pages

About Book

"Couples argue about a lot of things - money, seeing old partners, football, having children, looking after children...and football. Clothes, washing up...and football. If you think about the relationships you've had, football is probably the cause of more arguments than anything else."

From TV's funniest male/female double act comes a hilarious new book about the wrangles, rows and off-side rules of relationships.

Ronni's challenge is this: to wean a die-hard football fan off the not-so-beautiful game. She needs a guinea pig on whom she can try out her theory. Who better than her best friend and ex-boyfriend, the truly obsessed Alistair McGowan? If she can persuade Alistair and all the men like him that there are more fulfilling ways of spending time than reading sports pages and watching Match of the Day, then surely she will help women all over the world to richer, more rewarding romantic lives. But could Alistair every really give it up? And if he did, what would remain of the man?

Part comic self-help book, part confessional memoir, A Matter of Life and Death is a brilliant and original take on the differences between men and women.

  • About Ronni Ancona

    Ronni Ancona was the joint winner, with Alistair, of the prestigious Variety Club Comedy Award for their work on The Big Impression. Since then she has worked extensively in television, radio and film, both in comedy and drama, and was named Best Actress at The British Comedy Awards in 2003. Her writing credits include the BAFTA award-winning The Sketch Show. Ronni lives in London with her husband and two daughters.

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  • About Alistair McGowan

    Alistair is probably best known to British audiences for The Big Impression which was, for four years, one of BBC1's top-rating comedy programmes - winning numerous awards, including a BAFTA. He started out as a stand-up comic, and since his success with The Big Impression has appeared regularly on television and radio. In the Autumn of 2009, he'll be embarking on a stand-up tour around the UK.

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