I've always had a bit of a soft spot for anything James Acaster has done - he's a Ket-tring (if you're going to pronounce it all, pronounce it the proper way) boy, and I a not-quite-but-close-enough Ket-tring girl. Beyond this though, Acaster has a very amusing take on the world around him and fully presses my chuckle button whenever I have seen him on television or have been lucky enough to catch him live (it's also worth mentioning his hysterical series via Turtle Canyon Comedy - 'Sweet Home Ketteringa' and it's sequel 'Sweet Home Lahnsteineringa' available on YouTube here).
All this aside, 'Classic Scrapes' is a real comedic masterpiece.
The pace and timing in his stories is brilliant, building incrementally to create stories and situations of the "you wouldn't believe it if it hadn't happened to you" variety. Particular highlights included Acaster's skydive, what happened next after a gig in Basingstoke and the goings on at Kettering Board Games Club... but really there were very few chapters that didn't induce at least one hearty laugh out loud - not something I usually get from books.
Acaster's unique voice is apparent throughout his writing and it is for this reason I think the book is particularly successful.
I'm now faced with a dichotomy: whilst I would rather think of everyone - Acaster included - living a scrape-free life, I'm simultaneously living in hope that he finds enough further scrapes in life to make a second volume of this fantastic book.