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Ginger Nuts: The Unauthorised Biography of Chris Evans Hardcover – 2 Jun 2003


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Andre Deutsch Ltd (2 Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0233051171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0233051178
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,253,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fans of Chris Evans are bound to enjoy this book - Olivia Cooke -- heat magazine, 21-27 June, 2003

Whether you think Evans is a genius, an idiot, very lucky or all three, it’s still a fascinating journey -- Closer magazine, 21-27 June, 2003

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Getting to the real truth behind what makes Chris Evans tick was a task which took me a year, numerous journeys all over the country to meet with his friends and colleagues and a phone bill that could match that of a small island! Still, I think it was worth it. Getting behind the half-truths and getting to the whys and the wherefores of Chris' incredible life and career was a fascinating process. His personal life has always been clouded by his clever way with the media. But the people who know him best - friends from both work and schooldays - opened a window onto what the real Chris is like and told me things that no-one has ever revealed about the man before.

Nobody else commands headlines the way Chris Evans does. The loss of his recent court case against former employers SMG proves the point. The media frenzy was unbelievable. For my part, I suppose I contributed to it via a series of interviews on radio and TV to try and shed some light on where he goes next. But the one thing that was clear is that it was the right decision to write a book about the man everyone needs to know about. And if you read 'Ginger Nuts' I'm sure you'll feel you know this charismatic man a lot better.


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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Jun 2003
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book. Chris Evans has to be one of the most amazing characters ever. He came from nowhere, became one of the best TV presenters in the world, had loads of fantastic-looking girlfriends and then turned himself into a multi-millionaire before marrying a young pop star. Excellent work! Johnson's book is great because it uncovers so many facts about Chris that I never knew. Did you know he was sacked from his first job at Piccadilly Radio in Manchester for telling a bad taste joke on air, went away on holiday when his girlfriend was heavily pregnant with his only child and is so scared of normal social situations he can't got to dinner parties? I didn't. Johnson has spoken to loads of people who know Chris well and while some of them obviously don't like him very much (Jamie The Student from Radio One seems to really hate him now) they all have loads of respect for his talent.
There can't be many lives that have been this action-packed and the author has obviously spent plenty of time researching Chris. There are some great quotes from the man himself about his bizarre life and after reading the book you end up feeling that you really know him. I pretty much read 'Ginger Nuts' from cover to cover and enjoyed every minute of it. It's not just a cheap and cheerful effort, but an in-depth look at what makes Chris Evans tick. And 'Ginger Nuts' is right. The man is crazy! But incredible too.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Sep 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book was disappointing in that it seemed to retell much that has been written elsewhere - particularly Simon Garfield's "The Nations Favourite" and "Freak or Unique" by David Jones. It's true these books (and others) are credited in the text, but that's possibly because the author relied so heavily on them instead of sourcing his own material.

If you've read nothing else on the life and times of Chris Evans then you'll enjoy this book. If you've already read Garfield or Jones accounts of the Evans' phenomenon then this work will sadly seem just a rehash :(
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By Martin Wilson on 26 April 2014
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When Chris Evans is so dynamic, how come his biography is so boring. The book never quite captured my imagination and I can't quite work out why.
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