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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (29 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007327234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007327232
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Evans began his broadcasting careeer at Manchester Piccadilly radio, going on to become a household name in TV and radio. With his production company Ginger, he launched and presented the hugely successful Channel 4 shows The Big Breakfast, Don't Forget Your Toothbrush and TFI Friday. In 1995 Chris joined Radio 1 hosting the flagship breakfast show, attracting 7.5m listeners. After his controversial departure he then joined Virgin Radio's breakfast show, eventually acquiring the station from Richard Branson for £87m. He went on to sell the Ginger Media Group (including Virgin Radio) in 2000 for £225m. In 2005 Chris joined Radio 2, declaring it his spiritual home, his show picking up four prestigious Sony Awards in as many years. He is now presenter of The Breakfast Show.

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‘An eye-opening read’, OK Magazine

‘It is as an autobiographer that Chris Evans finally seems to have grown up’, The Observer

‘Full to the brim with fantastic anecdotes’, Heat

‘A critic confounding mea culpa of a memoir’, The Guardian

‘The guy can spin a yarn as long as long as the M1 and as colourful as his hair’, Now Magazine

About the Author

Chris Evans began his broadcasting careeer at Manchester Piccadilly radio, going on to become a household name in TV and radio. With his production company Ginger, he launched and presented the hugely successful Channel 4 shows The Big Breakfast, Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush and TFI Friday. In 1995 Chris joined Radio 1 hosting the flagship breakfast show, attracting 7.5m listeners. After his controversial departure he then joined Virgin Radio’s breakfast show, eventually acquiring the station from Richard Branson for £87m. He went on to sell the Ginger Media Group (including Virgin Radio) in 2000 for £225m. In 2005 Chris joined Radio 2, declaring it his spiritual home, his show picking up four prestigious Sony Awards in as many years. He is now presenter of The Breakfast Show.


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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Steve Horsfall - Author / Writer on 23 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a very compelling read as Chris Evans gives a very honest insight into the story behind his rise to fame. Some great childhood anecdotes (I could empathise with the schooldays, being of a similar age) and it was very interesting to hear how Chris was fascinated by the allure of the radio and set about learning his craft (with an unexpected early mentor). In the end power did go to his head and frivolous ideas, such as not turning up for work at Radio 1 after a Xmas party, really did backfire. It is a rise and fall tale but Chris is now back up there and I look forward to the next instalment.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By shawshanksteve on 6 Oct. 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
I consider photos to be an essential part of a biography (or autobiography in this case). I was disappointed to find that they were not present in the Kindle version. I have obtained a refund from Amazon and have orderd the traditional book instead.

5 stars for the book, 5 for Amazon's customer services but 0 stars for Harper Collins who somehow think it's OK to issue a sub-standard product.

I came across a section where Chris was talking about his brother and he wrote something along the lines of "And here is a picture of him" and there was no picture. What??? Cheated. May seem petty to some but having recently purchased a Kindle (not cheap) I did not expect to find such shoddy work when the Kindle is perfectly able to display the photos.

Sort yourself out Harper Collins...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Hodderz on 31 Dec. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have long suspected that Chris Evans is a sharper cookie than his public carefree personna appears to be. Detailed accounts of how he personally negotiated one-on-one with Richard Branson confirm this. There is no suspicion of a ghost writer; this has clearly been written by Chris himself.
Some of the Top 10 summaries that introduce each chapter are rather trivial, but many are very revealing and a few represent as good business advice as you'll read anywhere else.
All this is in addition to a refreshing, engaging, clear writing style, amusing and touching throughout.
I bought this hardback half price but it's well worth the full RRP - this one will stay on my bookshelf until I next re-read it.
Only thing I can't quite get is how he pulled so many attractive women!!? charm and money I guess, probably the former rather than the latter.
The title sums up the book beautifully.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Feathers on 21 Oct. 2009
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This book was fun to read because I listened to, and always liked (even in some of his more obnoxious moments), Chris Evans throughout many of the events he documents. I finished the book (in just a couple of sessions by the way... its readable as well as a bit short) still feeling fond of him because what comes through is a - doubtless recently discovered - sense of humility and self-awareness which is endearing. Unlike his colleague Jonathan Ross, whose similarly marketed but tedious and disappointing effort came out this time last year, Chris is generous with his revelations and doesn't try too hard to flatter himself. What comes through is a picture of a likeable and talented person whose roller-coaster life, as well as being a hilarious and enjoyable story, has led to an unlikely happy outcome, largely because of his prodigious talent and unsentimental - now at least - self-awareness.

It could have more... it misses out huge chunks of what I remember from his career (cameo appearances only for his Radio 1 team who at the time felt like family to listeners as well as each other), but I guess he was mindful of the need to write to book that (as well as being nice and quick to turn out) isn't just for his groupies and geeks and maybe there are still things he prefers to gloss over.

At the end there's a very sweet collection of letters from various lovers, colleagues, offspring and family mentioned in the book. I think that, along with the top ten lists heading up each chapter, I enjoyed these the most mainly because they included people who I remember from Chris's long period in the headlines and whose relationships with him, I always assumed, ended in acrimony. Their affection comes through, increases mine and makes me think my own fondness for Chris Evans was never mis-placed, however many people couldn't understand it at the time.

Looking forward to the next book, the rest of the story (as told in the tabloids) is at least as much fun
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By C. Gordon on 8 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
When you think Chris Evans you probably think one of these things; ginger, glasses, big breakfast, don't forget your toothbrush, boozing. But in this book, which he explains isn't done in chapters like usual but is arranged in `top tens', he talks about his life before fame and where he grew up, how he got into radio, his determination and things like that, and all about how he was a normal guy who just took risks and got lucky. It also says at the end that there is another book to come with loads more stuff about Chris, which after this book I am really looking forward to!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ginola14 on 2 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is genuinely not-put-downable ; that word should clearly exist too. And as most other reviewers have put it suprisingly good. Or is it? Why wouldnt the leading one-man broadcaster of the last 20 years not be able to communicate through the written word too?
What really really comes across is the dedication, effort, energy, drive and shere determination to earn by doing something CE loves. So well done on that.
A lesson to us all. The writing is very very good too - and if your head is similarly alligned not at all disjointed.
Reading auto-biogs and biogs is one of my saddo hobbies. But with utmost sincerity this is the best that I have read in the last 5 years. And I think this will be all the better for being split into at least 2 parts. Why content yourself with 350 pages if you need a 1,000 to get your life down to your satisfaction and as you recall it?>
Managing My Life by you know who is a little like this - although obviously not as funny - but in the same way that Sir Alex doesnt scrimp on the "formative years" neither does Sir Chris.
I was born in 1964 a couple before Mr Evans and the pages and times come alive through some of his lists; and the rest are clearly very very personal, if fractionally contrived in places.
And top 10 things to take into a meeting when you suspect youre going to be shafted would be have been very useful in 2001, and 2007 and....
Anyway HIGHLY recommended. Youll digest it in a sitting. A little under 6 hours for me.
Here's to part 2.
RC
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