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A Fool's Errand: The Confessions of a Celebrity Jobseeker [Kindle Edition]

James O'Neill , Stjarna K Perry , Jonathan Margolis , Sean Doherty
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The first instalment of a warts-and-all confessional by Jimmy O - 'The Wigan Joker'. The town's very own celebrity benefits claimant. Documenting his misspent life from early years right up to his accidental dalliance with minor reality TV stardom and beyond …

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 521 KB
  • Print Length: 73 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
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Jimmy O'Neill or Jimmy O (as he is better known) is a rather curious figure. Although spending his life mainly on state benefits. He is no ordinary Jobseeker. He has made many major T.V appearances including 'Living with Kimberly Stewart', A reality show with non other than Rod Stewart's daughter Kimberly and also being the main feature of a recent BBC 2 documentary entitled 'Funny Business'. Described by Derek Smith from The Stage as "A masterclass in dead pan, cutting comedy', Jimmy is a critically acclaimed comedian, With two prestigious King Gong wins at the comedy store among many others under his belt. However through the combination of his mercurial nature and own innate laziness this has prevented him from breaking into full time comedy and thus still lives a life of abject poverty on meager state benefits and resides in a council house in Wigan.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fantastic 22 July 2014
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Who wants to read the whiney rants of kerry katona giving birth to her 50th child whilst going bankrupt or if Jordan's had her tits inflated for the billionth time, when you can read something "REAL", a true representation of the life of wigan's own celebrity, Jimmy O'Neill, he tells it how it is and isn't afraid to hold back on the details, remember this is just Part 1 of hopefully a long and successful saga, the book is completely engrossing from the start, the constant humour has produced numerous sniggers out aloud, and knowing the wigan area is an added bonus as it lets the imagination run wild whilst picturing James garden hopping with his cronies, but hey i dont want to give anything away, just buy the book already, YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly honest read 26 July 2014
By callan
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So, where do I start? I first stumbled across Jimmy's videos on YouTube about a year or so back now, it didn't take long for him to quickly establish himself as one of my favourite sporadic "vloggers" exposing the murky undergrowth of Wigan, which inhabited such dysfunctional sidekicks as Car Boot Kev, Harry Batt and not forgetting the voice of reason: Paul "Mad Dog" Maiden. It was a sight to behold at times but very amusing nonetheless. This volume, detailing just some of Jim's life events, is a refreshingly honest account of one mans struggle to attempt to find his rightful place in this cruel unforgiving world somehow and gain a purpose in life. One major one of which he has already attained a hundred times over - sharing the wondeful gift of laughter - albeit with him himself being the butt of his own jokes at most times...but I digress!!! Top read, I look forward with great anticipation of hearing about your future misadventures Jim. Until then...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great little read 8 Aug. 2014
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A great little read, Jimmy publicly bares his soul and the wounds what have been inflicted upon it. He Writes in a honest almost brutal tone which he manages to portray what a stifling, emotionally draining environment growing up working class in the north west can do to a persons dreams and ambitions.
Jimmy is a genuinely funny man and this is a genuinely funny book. He should be commended for admitting the personal flaws and contradictions we all have and making light of them (he is a comedian after all)
Well done Jimmy xx
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just read it... 10 Sept. 2014
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Jimmy O'Neill is indeed a fool, but only in the sense that you want to give the big daft lummox a hug.

He's a man who is naturally funny without even trying. My wife reckons he doesn't even need to open his mouth for her to start laughing and, despite everything he's written in the first two volumes of "A Fool's Errand", he has a warmth which just draws people to him.

Yes the book may be littered with spelling and grammatical errors, but so what? Accept it - and Jimmy - for what it is, and you can't fail to enjoy a (part)story full of self-deprecation and with no little humour. .

Volume Two contains a string of one-liners which only a very useful comedian could work into the text with no effort whatsoever. It's these laugh out loud moments that separate "A Fool's Errand" from the million other oh-woe-is-me autobiographies we have to suffer nowadays. Jimmy recognises his own shortcomings, and doesn't for a second blame anybody but himself (and astrology) for the way he turned out. A rare quality indeed, dear readers.

For 99p, how bad could it be? Only a genuine Wiganer could come up with an idea where an autobiography can be not just paid for, but read in instalments. It's like Brighthouse opened their own book store. I, for one, can't wait for Volume Three.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Bought for my husband but after I started to read this book, I was unable to put it down. Very interesting insight into the life of a young northern lad growing up in Wigan, England. A great book to read no matter where you come from or nationality your are this book allows you to understanding the laughs, upsets and struggles of growing up in a working class family. Can't wait for volume 2

This book deserves more than five stars and would be a great paperback.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Owd Lancashire buggers remeber... sometimes. 10 Aug. 2014
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I've read about 74 pence worth up until now, mainly in far away Wetherspoons while testing the beers. Had a few strange looks when I laugh out loud. It's not my fault 'cos I'm a bit older from Notlob had a similar childhood (not as extreme you know) and nearly as daft. Looking forward to Part 2 as I should have finished this one by then.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud funny.. A literary masterclass. 20 Sept. 2014
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The most interesting and hilarious thing I have ever read.
Parts of the book have made me sit up and think.. Others have had me literally crying with laughter.
Do yourselves a favour, and download the book..
You will not regret it...
Its cheaper than a Pound Bakery Pastie, (just) and a whole lot better.
10/10 :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forget George Orwell... 2 Aug. 2014
By Wes
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For years, the standard book to study for (a skewed look at) growing up and living in Wigan has been George Orwells "The Road to Wigan Pier". This book has been idolised and worshipped as the ultimate tome of Wigan, it's people and their way of life.

Not any more. Jimmy O'Neill has painted a more accurate, and thoughrouly more entertaining, picture of life growing up in Wigan. From the beginnings of his life, right the way through adolescence and into adulthood, the author takes us on a whirlwind tale of first jobs, dreams, hopes, and volcanic pies.

I personally cannot wait for part 2 of this absolutely fantastic tale of one man's rise to fame. So move over Orwell, there's a new kid on the block. If there's any justice, years from now people will be holding wedding receptions at "O'Neills" at Wigan Pier.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read for anyone with taste
Fantastic I really enjoyed this book can't wait for the next installment. Known Jimmy since we were kid's. Read more
Published 6 months ago by darren brown
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 was great, 2 better and this 3rd book truly is ...
1 was great, 2 better and this 3rd book truly is a charm from Jimmy. So many ups and downs, a great read. Can't wait for the 4th book!
Published 6 months ago by Chris James
5.0 out of 5 stars A film would be a British box office hit
Fantastic read , it gets better with each volume . Would make a great film !! Looking forward to the next part of this autobiography already .
Published 6 months ago by darren miller
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST VOLUME SO FAR
This has to be the best volume so far. So many ups and downs, a real insight to a man who seems always to pull defeat from the jaws of victory. really enjoyed this book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by steven Hudson
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorou
In this volume Jimmy gives us an insight into the murkier side of the music industry, delivered as always in his unique and entertaining style.
Published 6 months ago by John Daley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
These volumes get funnier and funnier, you are guaranteed a laugh with these, well worth a read. Would recommend to all.
Published 6 months ago by C Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best installment yet. Well done, Jimmy.
Published 6 months ago by Neil Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great read, equally as funny as the first two. Keep them coming
Published 6 months ago by Mr Paul Rutter
5.0 out of 5 stars It just gets better and better.
This is the best yet in the continuing saga of "a fools errand". Just like the first two parts theres no holds barred as you are taken through more of Jimmy O neils life. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Chris D
5.0 out of 5 stars Warts n all!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was easy to read and I could relate to some of the places and characters mentioned because it's set in my home town. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Donna Smith
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