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My Shit Life So Far Hardcover – 1 Oct 2009
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‘If you like Harry Potter and the Da Vinci Code, why are you even looking at this, you retard?’
‘If you are suffocating in cosy Christmas cheer, this abrasively cynical, relentlessly misanthropic book might feel like a welcome faceful of ice-cold water straight out of the Clyde.’
The Sunday Times
‘Quite triumphantly, this is the most abusive, obscene, insulting memoir yet published…Many, many funny lines here. A difficult book to read sedately in public.’
The Evening Standard
‘He has a shocking, acid-tongued wit and his sharp observations make this one of the funniest autobiographies I’ve read.’
‘an original mix of confession and stand-up monologue … it’s rather gratifying that it’s outselling most of the books by more famous figures.’
‘a refreshing antidote to the usual feelgood books by TV stars.’
‘My Shit Life So Far, showcases that cruel and unusual comedy that's become Frankie’s trademark, and should probably be enjoyed far away from hot liquids… bizarre, intelligent and abusively hilarious.’
**** The List
Independent on Sunday
‘Fans of Boyle's dark style will hope this book provides laughs-a-plenty and an antidote to the play-it-safe, sickly sweet autobiographies of other so-called celebrities. They will not be disappointed.’
‘Only read this book in public if you have no qualms about blowing coffee through your nose in spurts of guilty laughter … Punchier than a cage fighter, with more disclosures than an episode of Parky … Addictive and expertly brutal.’
About the Author
Francis Martin Patrick 'Frankie' Boyle was born in Glasgow in 1972. Most recognised for this regular spot on BBC 2's Mock the Week, Frankie's cruel but perfectly constructed gags on politicians, celebrities and society as a whole have cemented his name in the world of comedy. 'John Prescott is so fat, that he can't put a tie and belt on without turning into sausages.' Nice.
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Top Customer Reviews
I have to say that I actually agree with the people who only gave the book one star - I don't agree with the rating but I agree with some of the comments. Yes, the book does appear rushed; yes, it is not a true autobiography; yes, certain parts of the book are padded out with old material he wrote with other people which did not get published and which was not all that funny - a lot of it is unrecognisable as Frankie Boyle material. However, as a Frankie Boyle fan I have to say that the book is pretty much what I expected. I wasn't expecting to be hit by a philosophical treatise and I wasn't expecting a perfectly written book. But I was expecting to laugh - and he achieved this. It kept me amused and there were a few occasions of uncontrollable laughter being elicited. So if your'e a Frankie Boyle fan I think you will enjoy the book. It isn't the best and he could have done better, but you will be entertained.
To say it's an autobiography, we learn very little of Frankie's life growing up in Scotland. He seems to lurch suddenly from being a child to his first comedy gigs in his early 20s with very little about his school days etc.
It's crude, but we can expect that, and the crudeness provide the most laughs.
To me, it also felt very short. I have finished it after just 2-3 hours of reading. Compared to other comedian's more substantial autobiographies such as Peter Kays, it left me feeling a bit of short changed.
Still definitely worth a read, but only if you're interested in which drugs he took! For me - we needed more excerpts from his shows to keep the comedy coming. There just weren't enough laughs, but then - who says it had to be funny?
First of all, as a few other reviewers have said, this book isn't particularly chronological or linear when it comes to dates. Frankie does have a bit of a habit of going off at a tangent, but I actually quite liked that. It made for a more interesting read, particularly as the text was peppered with insults and opinions of people he encounters or knows through showbiz. Learning about his childhood was amusing as was his slog to become the comedian he is today. It's written in such a way as you can actually imagine him speaking directly at you, which I enjoyed- definitely no ghost writers there.
What didn't I like so much? Well, I would have liked to have learned a bit more about his relationship with his children as that was somewhat glossed over, but can understand his need to want to keep certain aspects of his life a bit private, particularly as his kids are still young. Also, the 'Mock the Week' section, which I'd hoped would be a bit longer was somewhat rushed in towards the end of the book.
Nevertheless, if you're a fan of Frankie's you will love this. Read it, laugh yourself silly and then pass it on to another fan.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
not too bad. funny in places but too much use of the c~ word i thought it unnessasary. but the rest take with a pinch of salt .!!!Published 6 months ago by Peter Morgan
Big fan of Frankie and his hilariously morbid yet true outlook on life, if you too are the same I would definitely buy this book.Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
Interesting look into Frankie's beginnings on the comedy circuit, great to see nods to Jim Muir, Martin Mor, Paul Sneddon Tom Stade. Looking forward to reading his second book now.Published 9 months ago by tjfox
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