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A Matter of Life and Death

Ronni Ancona

A Matter of Life and Death: Or How to Wean A Man off Football, from comedy stars Ronni Ancona and Alistair McGowan, is a hilarious book on relationships – wrangles, rows and football.

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Ronni Ancona is fed up with football: the way it dominates TV, takes over men’s brains and scuppers any chance of romance. And so, for the sake of women everywhere, Ronni concocts an experiment to see if a man can be made to give up the very thing he claims he cannot live without. But who would agree to be Ronni’s guinea-pig? Surely not her ex-boyfriend, Alistair McGowan, who has devoted much of his life to the game, from a childhood obsession with kicking a ball about to an adult addiction to Ceefax football pages?

Over the course of a year, we follow TV’s best-known male/female double act in a hilarious battle of the sexes. Ronni institutes replacement techniques – walks, culture and endless rounds of toast and Marmite – but what happens when a man gives up the thing he loves most? And after being ‘clean’ for the whole summer, will the lure of a new season break his resolve?


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.…

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