Alan's house is finally finished and he gives each of the builders a leaving present - a copy of his book "Bouncing Back", which has not sold well at all and is due to be pulped. Sonja is keen to move in with him as her flat is being demolished to make way for an office block, but Alan is wary of commitment and prefers to "come to an arrangement".
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Did You Know?
Although the story treats the pulping of thousands of unsold copies of Alan's book as a humiliating failure, this is actually a common occurrence in the publishing industry. Even with famous best-selling authors, publishers can overestimate the demand, print too many copies, retailers fail to sell them all and they are returned and pulped. A 2002 Guardian article (the same year this episode was made) stated that almost 10% of newly published books end up being shredded. See more
[Lynn is going to be baptised
How will they get you up to the font? They'll need four men to lift you.
No, no, it's not a font, it's a special pool that they lower you into.
Right, and if you sink, you're a Baptist, and if you float... you're evil? It's touch and go.
Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick
Written by Ian Dury
and Chaz Jankel
Performed by Steve Coogan See more