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2 Jun 2011

Harry Hill's unexpurgated diary of his year promises to do for the celebrity memoir what the Hadron Collider has done for particle acceleration.

Think Samuel Pepys meets Katie Price.

This frank and sometimes controversial diary details one hectic year in the eye of the showbiz storm, cut with a heavy mix of the day-to-day goings-on in Bexhill, where Harry lives at home with his mother and occasional Filipino fiancée, Lay Dee.

Follow the near fatal goings-on during Harry's filming of Britain's Most Dangerous Roads, his attempts to become a judge on X Factor and his struggle to meet the Welsh chanteuse Duffy at Warwick Avenue.

Read of his dog's ongoing battle with the bottle, and how he is sacked from the sniffer staff at Gatwick Airport due to sexual harassment.

Learn how Harry's Nan gets on in her holiday home in Iraq, her affair with the milkman and her subsequent struggle to have fun whilst living on a curfew.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (2 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571260160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571260164
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 461,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harry Hill was born in Woking in 1964. He went to Cranbrook School in Kent and holds a medical degree from the University of London. He has been a stand-up since the early 90s and is currently the star of TV Burp, You've Been Framed, An Audience With and the children's comedy show Shark Infested Custard.

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'Cheeky, hilarious and downright weird.' --Time Out

'A funny, baldy zeppelin making everything else look a bit rubbish by comparison.' --Heat

'No one skewers the glorious silliness of British popular culture like Harry Hill.' --The Times

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From the nation's favourite comedian, and host of TV Burp, comes a hilarious, unique spoof memoir.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Exceed Recommended Dosage 31 Dec 2010
By Sunglasses VINE VOICE
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If you read Livin' The Dreem in small doses, it can hit the spot if you find empathy with Harry's particular view of a celebrity or situation that is incorporated into a surreal diary event. Quite often I would laugh or at least chuckle after reading a few entries and then putting the book down. However, if you try to read too much in one sitting it can really grate and the style become annoying like a comedian constantly hammering home why the punch line is funny rather than just moving on. I guess with 365 days to report on this was probably inevitable. Worth reading but take no more than 2 times a day , with a few hours between each dose.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's like eating too many doughnuts 30 Nov 2010
By Straightforward TOP 500 REVIEWER
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One doughnut at tea-time is undoubtedly a treat, but could you manage two? Perhaps you could. But not without licking your lips!

Whether you could consume 20 in one sitting and still be convinced of their marvellous healing properties would be another thing altogether, though.

This book consists of one layer of zaniness, followed by a generous wadge of wackiness, oversized ladles of spontaneous silliness and many toppings of surreal clownery. It's all a bit much if your humour receptors have been surviving on much lower-calorie, fibrous stuff.

I can hear Harry's voice reel off the random silliness contained in this book - which helps somewhat - but I still don't connect with the humour in the same way I have done in the past when I can actually watch and listen to it - it just doesn't really lend itself to the written word.

If I had the patience, I would limit myself to reading one day's diary entry every day, as there seems to be a lot of random tomfoolery here that just blends into itself if I read more than a bit at a time.

Recommended to Hill connoisseurs only - if you've ever felt like he's on a stronger dosage than you are, I'd avoid. Sorry Harry - I still love the stand-up xxx
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired daftness 21 Oct 2010
This book, in which Harry Hill writes about a year in his life, is one of the funniest books that I have ever read.

It starts with a bang - the entry for January 1st describes how Amanda Holden spends her Christmas Day - and the humour never lets up for the following 364 days. It would be impossible to attempt to describe what happens during Harry's year but even if I were to mention that amongst the events that he writes about are his appearance on the TV reality gameshow `I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of My Tree If I Don't Like It', in which he has to live for two weeks up a walnut tree with Sylvester Stallone's mum and the conversation of a Bexhill theatre into a dog food factory you would still not believe the vast amount of inspired daftness that is contained in the books 468 pages.

I dare say that it wouldn't appeal to everybody but those who enjoy Harry Hill's brand of humour should not miss this book, because I guarantee they will love it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud funny. 6 Nov 2010
Annoying my family reading this, as I keep bursting out laughing. If you like Harry Hills surreal comedy, this really is a must. Funniest book for years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love harry hill 2 Dec 2010
By F. Oconnor VINE VOICE
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i love harry hill and his tv progammes,
tv burp and youve been framed

i think hes very funny

this book is a diary of one hectic year of his so called showbiz life and the
goings on in bexhill,where harry lives with his mother,occasional fiancee filipino lay dee and a dog who works at gatwick airport

all this plus a detailed account of all the floppy-collared loons dinners

a very funny,stupid and nonsensical book
and those who say otherwise....FIGHT
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny but... 29 Nov 2010
By A keen reader VINE VOICE
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Yes, the book has lots of funny observations, but they are delivered one after the other, in a relentless fashion without a break. I love Harry Hill is his TV show: a TV clip followed by Harry's unique observations, and this combination works beautifully. It's the ocntrast that is so effective. In the book, there is no contrast. I('m afraid it's going to the charity store (and I've only read 25 pages).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
If you like and understand Harry's quirky off the wall humour, then you will love this book. It's the kind of book you can just pick up and put down whenever you feel like it. It immediately makes you laugh and will leave you with a smile on your face - as long as you don't take it seriously!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what you would expect from Harry Hill... 11 Jan 2011
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Livin' the Dreem is the (fictional) diary of TV personality and entertainer Harry Hill throughout 2010.

Being familiar with Harry Hill, but not a huge follower I was not entirely sure what to expect of Livin' the dreem - A basic cash in on his popularity with a humdrum diary of his actual life? A real diary written humorously? Something else altogether? As it turns out the last one is most definitely the case (at least I don't remember the 100 greatest tree's airing on TV...) with a book written as a traditional 'diary' style of the somewhat outlandish and bizarre life that exists inside Harry Hills head.

For the first chapter I will admit I was a bit touch and go on the book - it almost seems as if it was trying just a bit too hard to be wacky, with outlandish stories and regular namechecking of various celebrities flowing thick and fast almost to the point it became annoying. As I kept reading though I did get into the style of it, and came to the realisation that that style is exactly what Harry Hill does - watching clips of Harry's TV Burp or other shows he has featured on shows exactly the same sense of humour and style.

I think it is fair to say if you are looking for something intelligent then Winnie The Pooh is probably a more appropriate book than Livin' the dreem, but if you are familiar with Harry Hill and enjoy his style of comedy, then you really can't go too far wrong.

Incidentally, it did amuse me that the book finishes in January 2011, despite the fact I received and read it before christmas 2010... A fact that will be missed by anyone buying it now where it will have ended before you read it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty cool book
This book is great for Harry hill fans even though it's like half of its made up slightly rude but absolutely hilarious!!!!
Published 5 months ago by Mr M A M Moull
5.0 out of 5 stars Too funny
What can you say about Harry Hill's work, just so silly and so funny, a 21st century version of Spike Milligan.
Published 7 months ago by Bobby Moon
3.0 out of 5 stars A few chuckle moments
Looking for a belly-laugh book?
Look elsewhere. There were some really
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story of Harry's grandmother who bought a... Read more
Published 7 months ago by neville stock
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud funny
This is without doubt the funniest book I've ever read. I was literally crying with laughter at points. Some of the stuff H comes up with is comedy genius. Read more
Published 10 months ago by MR JG MILLS
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite books
I purchased this book about a year ago and have now read it 4 times, its a very funny book and isnt to be taken too seriously. Read more
Published 12 months ago by M. Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Follow that Dreem
"Nan phones complaining that someone threw a stone at her. I point out that this is one of the pitfalls of committing adultery in a predominantly Muslim country. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Tony Floyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Funnier than I thought
This book is completely mad. It's best read with Harry-Hill-esque tone of mind, imagining his facial expressions as you do. Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2012 by Pat
5.0 out of 5 stars MAD AND VERY FUNNY
When I first bought this book I thought it was supposed to be a true life look at a year in Harrys life and because it wasn't I gave it a bad review. Read more
Published on 25 April 2012 by Mr. Dk Barrett
3.0 out of 5 stars If you like Harry, you should like this
Harry Hill is someone who you have to have specific tastes to appreciate as a comedian anyway, since he is quite silly in his humour. Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2012 by J.E.T
5.0 out of 5 stars Everybody loves Harry!
This fictional diary gives us an account of a year in the life of Harry Hill - surely one of Britain's most loveable comedians. Read more
Published on 28 Oct 2011 by rp
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