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Close to the Edge: My Autobiography [Paperback]

Jim Davidson
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1 Aug 2002
'People will be surprised by the honesty of this book. There will be no holds barred' Jim Davidson. Somehow the last decade saw Jim Davidson transformed from foul-mouthed stand-up comic to being the face of BBC light entertainment, Chairman of the British Forces Foundation and close friend of Prince Charles. Close To The Edge details this remarkable change in a fresh and deeply intimate style. Jim comes clean about himself, his actions and his motives. From the times he spent in the rehabilitation clinic to the full story of the break up of his four marriages, he re-evaluates his life in a critical and self-aware manner - making Close to The Edge an entertaining and unusually powerful autobiography.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; New Ed edition (1 Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091883121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091883126
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A new updated paperback edition of Jim Davidson's extraordinary Close To The Edge in which he bares his soul and takes us through his best and worst times

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‘People will be surprised by the honesty of this book. There will be no holds barred’ Jim Davidson.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hardy, Frightening and Brutal 13 Jun 2011
"Wow." That is the word that will fall from your lips when you finish the last page of 'Close to the Edge'.

The tome dips deep into the underbelly of Davidson's life, from his early years on the mean streets of Berlin through to his present standing as a comedy giant. Jim riffs lovingly on his (little known) Afro-Caribbean ancestry and talks at length about his Father who was a gas man. He weaves a rich tableau with his numerous foul-mouthed accounts of his thrilling adventures. Amongst other things that happened to him, Jim recalls a hazy weekend in Amsterdam with Nelson Mandella and Julian Clary and pulls no punches when discussing his lifelong addiction to gashing out bananas with his fingernails. Davidson expects to raise eyebrows with this tell all account and there is no doubt he will.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 23 Nov 2003
From the moment I started reading I was hooked. The honesty and humanity eminate from the pages. This is a real rags to riches story with all the ups and downs that fame and fortune can bestow upon a person. Told from the heart, the outrageous, funny and often sad stories will make you laugh and cry and I'm sure there are many 'ordinary' folk, like myself, that will relate to the thoughts and feelings of this man, who is after all, only human. Thanks Jim, for sharing your life (so far) with us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frank, Light and Surprising 20 Oct 2001
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I bought this book expecting one of two things; either a laugh a minute side splitting story or a sales gimmick. What I got was a refreshing, frank insight into this human being with 'normal' thoughts and feelings. I found myself relating to his words in many places which truly surprised me. He describes in detail, the pain, the hapiness and the love(s) of his life from the 4 marriages to the alcoholic rehab, Mr Blobby and beyond. At no time did I feel that I was reading a sales pitch, if anything, I felt like 'big brother' witnessing a remarkable unfoldment of a persons psyche. But hey, don't take my word for it....get it for yourself!.
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5.0 out of 5 stars jim davidson 26 Mar 2014
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brilliant book, thoroughly enjoyed it and it was written with true honesty, thankyou for your service and thankyou jim for entertaining me
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