Let’s Do It: So detailed, we can’t see Victoria Wood for the trees

To its credit, Jasper Rees’ flawed authorised biography is not a whitewash and not without insight

Victoria Wood: Overwhelming evidence is presented that working with her was an unpleasant task. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Victoria Wood: Overwhelming evidence is presented that working with her was an unpleasant task. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Of all the unexpected celebrity deaths in 2016, none hit me as hard as that of comedian Victoria Wood, who died of cancer aged 62. The words and rhythms of her sketches and stand-up routines remain part of how I speak and even think, three decades on.

Of course I didn’t know her, but few people did; Wood was – to coin an oxymoron – famously private, which is why this authorised biography is such a tempting prospect.

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