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Exclusive: This is This Country, the book of the hilarious British TV Series is due out this year

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We’ve had two series of the hilarious BBC comedy, now ready yourself for the book of This Country 

Many shows are branded The Funniest Thing on TV. Very few actually live up to that hype. 

 Except, that is, for This Country

The BBC show is a mockumentary style look at life in a Cotswold town, through the eyes of cousins Kerry and Kurtan Mucklowe. Siblings Daisy May and Charlie Cooper created and wrote the comedy, and it brilliantly skewers what it is to live in the countryside in Modern Britain where nothing happens. It is sharp, tender, wonderfully observed and utterly, utterly,  hilarious.     

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So Stylist is excited to exclusively reveal, on this wintery June Wednesday, that a book that ‘reveals the real sh*t that goes down in their village’ is being written by Kerry and Kurtan and will be released on 3 October. 

The book will be a guest edited version of the local parish newsletter and content will include such gems as Kerry’s Village Tw*t List’, the vicar’s poetry, the Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen files, Mandy’s correspondence to her adopted dog Digby and Kerry’s Neighbourhood Watch diary. 

Kerry and Kurtan’s new book 

We are not alone in our love of the comedy: This Country has won three Baftas for Best Comedy Writer, Best Scripted Comedy and Best Female Performance in a Comedy. 

Daisy Cooper has also used the Bafta red carpet to brilliant and important effect. In 2018 she collected her awards wearing a Swindon Town football club dress.  And, in 2019, she walked the red carpet in a dress made, by her and her mum out of bin bags, to highlight food poverty in the UK.  

Daisy May Cooper's Bafta trash dress
Daisy May Cooper at the 2019 TV Baftas.

Daisy and Charlie are currently working on the third series of the hit comedy, but for now their alter-egos have got something important to say about their upcoming literary debut: 

“After finishing our first book we’d like to take a moment to thank Windows spell check and a big “f*ck you” to our old English teacher Mrs Fletcher. No, we don’t need to know how to spell to write a book, you coffee breathed dragon. Cheers, Kerry and Kurtan.”

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