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Terry gently raves again

You may recall Gerry Ryan's book last year -- Would the Real Gerry Ryan Please Stand Up? You may also recall that the real Gerry Ryan stayed right on his backside, and, instead of a warts-and-all memoir, we were given a Gerry Ryan Show in book format. Gerry got €100,000 from Penguin.

Tubridy is also supposed to be writing something for Penguin too. 'Something' being the operative word, since it didn't bother them what it was so long as it had his name on the cover. Apparently, his plans include writing about the Kennedys' visit to Ireland. Don't all rush now.


Radio and TV hosts churning out books is nothing new. In the UK it's part of the job prospectus. Chris Moyles, Russell Brand, Richard Hammond, Paul O'Grady have all hit the top of the bestseller list. So why not?

The latest book to topple off the TV/radio celebrity slush pile comes from Terry Wogan, who, probably conscious of the bucket loads of dosh his peers are making, writes, "Please don't think this is some catchpenny creation, thrown together at a moment's notice so that I may trouser your hard-earned cash."

Terry, or "The Togmeister" as his eight million fans call him -- TOGs being Terry's old geezers/girls -- has already given us the bios Is it Me? (BBC Books, 2000) and Mustn't Grumble (Orion, 2006).

His latest, Where Was I? (Orion, €21) is likely to entertain his loyal following, but that's as far as it will go. Wogan writes the way he speaks, holding as much back as Gerry Ryan, as he dispenses witticisms, observations and whimsical sketches. Food, summer, the things you miss as you grow old, Posh and Becks, they're all here.

And, at times, these thoughts, some with the brevity of an average postcard, seem like the ravings of an old man. But enjoyable, gentle ravings. As one radio critic wrote about him, "He has that easy assurance that led you to believe he can see the funny side of everything."

Wogan is 71 and has decided to move over to weekend duties only. You can guarantee his TOGs will move over with him. And, while this latest book will hardly seal his legacy, it will do him no harm either.