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Camp David [Paperback]

David Walliams
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Book Description

28 Mar 2013

It's time to get serious with Britain's favourite funny man - Camp David, by David Walliams.

'Will surprise, entertain, and allow fans and newcomers to enter the comic's uniquely brilliant world' GQ Magazine

'Raucously funny and superbly written' Heat

'Hilarious' Telegraph

'A great read. My only criticism is it ended too soon' The Sun

'A fascinating read' Star Magazine

'Brilliantly written' Express

'Fascinating stuff' Closer

'Uproariously great' Guardian

Famous comedian, funniest judge on Britain's Got Talent, irresistible ladykiller and high-achieving sportsman, David Walliams is a man of many talents. Launched to fame with the record-breakingLittle Britain, his characters - Lou, Florence, Emily, amongst others - became embedded in our shared popular culture. You couldn't enter a playground for a long while without hearing "eh, eh, eh" or "computer says no".

Yet Walliams is a mystery. Often described as a bundle of contradictions, he is disarming and enigmatic, playing up his campness one minute and hinting about his depression the next.

To read Camp David is to be truly shocked, as well as tickled pink, as David Walliams bares his soul like never before and reveals a fascinating and complex mind. This searingly honest autobiography is a true roller-coaster ride of emotions, as this nation's sweetheart unlocks closely guarded secrets that until now have remained hidden in his past.

David Walliams is an actor, writer, active fundraiser and - above all - he's a world class comedian who knows how to make us laugh. He performed in and co-wrote the phenomenally successful Little Britainand Come Fly with Me with Matt Lucas, and recently appeared as a popular judge alongside Simon Cowell on Britain's Got Talent. He has performed many feats of endurance for charity, and won over the entire country when he swam the Thames for Sports Relief. His bestselling children's books include Mr Stink, Gangsta Granny, Billionaire Boy, Boy in the Dress and Ratburger.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (28 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241957729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241957721
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (313 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Since beginning his publishing career in 2008 David Walliams has taken the children's literary world by storm. His fifth, most recent book RATBURGER, published in September 2012 and immediately went to number 1 in the children's bestseller chart. Prior to this, his 2011 title, GANGSTA GRANNY also went straight to the top of the Children's Book Chart going on to sell over 300,000 hardback copies. David is currently the fastest growing Children's author in the UK. His books have been translated into over twenty-five languages and have collectively sold over one million copies in the UK alone. Walliams' books have achieved unprecedented critical acclaim and it comes as no surprise that countless broadsheet reviewers have compared him to his all-time hero, Roald Dahl.

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About the Author

David Walliams is a comedian, actor and writer, best known for his partnership with Matt Lucas on the hugely successfully BBC sketch comedy Little Britain. He is an active fundraiser, memorably swimming both the English Channel and the Thames, as well as broadcasting continuously for 24 hours. His love life has been the focus of much media attention, and in 2011 he tied the knot with Dutch model Lara Stone.

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77 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 12 Oct 2012
By AnnaS
Pretty impressed that I've managed to finish a book the day after it was published! But that's down to the fact that it's great. Loved the descriptions of him at school, joining the sea-scouts because it sounded camp, and of his first attempts at stand up in the comic relief assembly at school. But it was also fascinating to see the darker sides of his life. I've always known he's struggled with depression but I had no idea about the depths of it, and how close he came to ending his own life. He's such a fascinating guy, and it was a pleasure to enter into his poetic mind. It really is a sign that I read it so quickly! I never do that!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ups and Downs...Just Like Life 24 Nov 2012
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I feel like one of David Walliams' few American fans. We don't get all of his shows and appearances in the U.S. so I was excited to get to know more about him. David's autobiography is just like life- some parts are exciting, some parts are boring, some parts are sad and others are frustrating, but in the end you are grateful for the experience. I especially liked David's accounts of his father, with whom he had a difficult relationship. David did not dwell on his father's lack of affection, but instead was honest about how that shaped him, for better and for worse. I find a lot of people excuse their parents bad behavior and chalk it up to "it was a different generation." David does recollect a story about his father's upbringing which helps him understand their inability to connect, but he doesn't excuse the hurt his father caused. For someone whose sexuality was so scrutinized until his marriage, I thought it was fitting that he spent a good amount of the book describing his childhood experiences with other boys and his debilitating shyness around women. I was really surprised that his relationship with writing partner Matt Lucas was hard at times and that David felt inferior to Matt on many occasions. I know this should be obvious, as all relationships are difficult, but they always seem like happy-go-lucky best friends on chat shows, DVD extras and documentaries. The only part of the book that was hard for me were the references to the older Comedians he admired and all the shows he worked on because I wasn't familiar with them here in the States. I look forward to part 2 which I hope explores what it's really like to deal with the paparazzi and how money and fame change relationships.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars camp david 8 Nov 2012
By bbsan
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David Williams is a very talented comedian, a great entertainer and this book I feel didn't do him justice.I was so looking forward to reading this talented funny man's autobiography Camp David but have to say was very disappointed. I found the book very slow and drawn out, over detailed with other people in his story, not really enough about David, I managed to get half way through it in hope it would improve. Sadly I lost interest and didn't finish the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Camp David 11 Dec 2012
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I really enjoyed this book but did find the 'diary sections' a little tedious at times. A very funny man.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and moving autobiography 26 Oct 2012
I'm not usually one for a celebrity autobiography but I was curious enough about David Walliams to pick this one up... curious and also impressed by the wild adoration my godchildren adopt towards him as a children's author - he's got to have a way with words, right? I wasn't disappointed. It's a warm, funny and often moving account of his life and pulls no punches in terms of the way it addresses the depression and cripplingly low self esteem which seems time and time again to be twinned with comedy talent. I was fascinated by his status as a camp straight man too - can't think of many of those - and love the fact it was left to Graham Norton to finally tell him he is, actually, straight! So all in all - it's an enjoyable, insightful read with plenty of celebrity titbits to garnish the mix. I look forward to part 2!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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People will walk into this book expecting it to be be comic...and it is for the first half. However it was the later part of the autobiography that I found most intricate and emotional; Walliams openly talks about his battle with depression, failed relationships and how he built up his life to what it is today. As he very well said, "I was never going to write an autobiography, unless I wad completely honest". Well David, you were and it was compelling, emotional and fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and moving story 25 Jan 2013
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I really enjoyed this, a very honest book, funny at first when he was growing up, but then very moving when he talks about his depression. I has no idea he sufffered like this. Facinating to find out how hard he had to work for his success. Such determination. First biography for a while that I just couldn't put down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars spellbinding 23 Jan 2013
By Beccy
Format:Kindle Edition
A very very good read, honest and funny in places, it made cry in some chapters too. once you pick it up you will not want to put it down until you have finished the whole book.
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