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Alex James - 'All Cheeses Great & Small: A Life Less Blurry' - Book Review
Will his country house's rural charms make a worthy read?
Not so, apparently. With the same wide-eyed, unfettered excitement he recently brought to such celebrated Sun articles as ‘Gosh, McDonald’s Isn’t Just Beyond Ethical Reproach, It’s Better Than Blumenthal!’, Alex enthuses about every aspect of his first year trying to make a dilapidated Cotswolds farmstead a) liveable, b) a business and c) occupied by pigs that play football. For 270 pages nothing happens, all of it brilliant. The upbeat tone matches that of his Blur-era autobiography A Bit Of A Blur, treating his downsize from rock heart-throb to cockerel-throttling country gent as if cheese contests were Britpop orgies. Riding bikes, the smell of berry bushes, piles of cow dung: all brilliant.
Though it’s unlikely we’ll ever see a more sprightly insight into the classic cliché of the rock star-turned-lord of the manor, a couple of hundred pages in it does start reading like an eccentric home-improvement brochure – a barn sauna! A massive kebab tent in the garden! – interspersed with Alex coming over all Enid Blyton when he’s making his own jam and shit. A brief glimpse behind the curtain of the Blur reunion enlivens the final section but you’re left entreating Alex to pop back to town once in a while – there’s plenty to write about, we miss you, and can you… can you… bring some cheese?
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