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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (11 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552166553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552166553
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A first-class comic. His autobiography, Mack the Life, has all the cheerful candour of one of his barnstorming shows. Mack has polished this narrative until it shines, and his book is a joy to read, full of homespun wisdom and hilarious asides." (Independent)

"A cracking read. Jokes liberally dot the narrative … a frank picture of a man who can’t believe his luck, but still manages to keep his feet on the ground" (Chortle)

"a truly fascinating read, genuinely funny throughout" (British Comedy Guide)

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A brilliant, heartfelt and hilarious insight into the life of one of our most popular comedians

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Deacon on 4 Oct. 2012
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I've read a fair few comedians' autobiographies recently and one thing that separates Lee Mack's is the fact that he doesn't crowbar his stand-up act into the book in a jarring fashion. Where he does include bits from his act he references the fact.

I've seen reviews of other comedians criticising the coverage of the book, but what I liked about this one is the fact that certain omissions have been justified (basically that not the entirety of the author is "on sale" when they write an autobiography). So, if you want to read in depth about Lee's family history this might not be your book. If you want to know how he got into comedy and a take on life on the grassroots comedy scene (I really did try to think of a better way to say that) then I'm sure you'll enjoy this book.

Overall I enjoyed the book very much and would certainly not hesitate to recommend it. Funny, well-written and interesting. Of course, I really like Lee Mack as a comedian so the interest for me is obviously a given.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By igsz on 2 Oct. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Throughout the book Lee has included sessions with his shrink. This is a very clever way to convey his unique, funny thoughts and reflect on his views and experience of the comedy circuit. If you are a fan Lee Mack or stand up comedy this is a must read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Wood on 1 Nov. 2012
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I really enjoyed this book. It's true, you have to want to read about Lee Mack - and I did. It was very funny and you could really 'hear' him through the book. Interestingly, it contains very little about his life now (he mentions in passing his children), and, although that's what I normally want autobiographies to cover, in this case, I was quite happy it didn't. Because I was reading it on a Kindle, I found the footnotes faintly annoying, but all-in-all, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Gayathri on 16 Oct. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Getting the book I knew that it would not be a personal, revealing account of his life. Anybody who regularly watches this man on TV will know that he doesn't like talking about his private life.

What is brilliant though is that you still get an insightful view of how different aspects of his life evoked his love for comedy and giving a detailed description on how hard it was for him to get into comedy. Also he does make an effort to be more revealing by getting a psychiatrist to analyse the book, and these recordings are included in the book.

But there were some parts was when he went on random rants throughout the book, including little footnotes on how he felt about certain issues such as actors and Twitter. For me, that what made this book really funny, because this is what I love about this man.

In summary, a great insight on how to get into comedy but most of all, absolutely hilarious.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. I. McCulloch TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 May 2013
Format: Paperback
Having enjoyed Lee Mack's various appearances on TV, particularly in his sitcom Not Going Out and the panel show Would I Lie To You, I was sure he had an interesting back story. This book proves that he has, and not only that, it is told with frankness, honesty and enormous humour.
Lee engaged a psychiatrist to read through each chapter and offer her insights - how many of us would be brave enough to do that?
What struck me throughout the book is how grounded Lee was, and is, coming from a background with firm working class roots, as part of a single parent family from the age of 11.

He saw comedians as something special, an elite and just couldn't imagine joining them. A YTS scheme saw him become a stable lad for racehorse trainer 'Ginger' McCain; the first horse he sat on was the legendary Red Rum. Lee is touchingly proud of this and of his association with the equine superstar.
I also warmed to him as a person with a sense of what really matters in life. When revealing that the woman he got together with in his first week of university had remained his partner and is now his wife, Lee used the word 'delighted' and not ironically either.

There are a lot of insights into the comedy scene, but Lee also has dignity enough not to do the dirty on others; even those who stole his material. (It's now widely known that one of these was Australian comedian Jordan Paris, not a household name.) Lee happily admits to being so naive at the start of his career that he retold a joke on stage without realising it was one of Tim Vine's - ironically.

Lee is fulsome in his praise and admiration of others, constantly self-deprecating and phenomenally hard-working. His story is enormously entertaining and I absolutely loved the ending, which was perfect.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Derek Griffiths on 24 Oct. 2012
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First off - I really enjoyed reading this book. The exchanges with Brian the shrink at the end of every chapter often had me in stitches. Lee writes about himself in the 3rd person in these sections, which somehow, cleverly, makes them even more hilarious.

Lee is a very funny man, no doubt about it, and the book describes his journey into the world of stand-up comedy and beyond in a way that I'm sure would inspire anyone with similar ambitions to have a go.

So why haven't I rated the book with 5 stars? Well, for two main reasons: firstly I'd have liked to know a little more about how Lee's family life progressed alongside his professional life. I can understand why he maybe wouldn't want to subject his nearest and dearest to the kind of scrutiny this could entail, but a little more detail wouldn't have gone amiss. I did also find my enjoyment of the book started to falter for some reason (though only slightly) from the point at which Lee had 'made it big'. I guess like many things in life, the journey can sometimes be more interesting than the destination - that isn't the author's fault, and may say more about me as a reader than him as a writer.

So, buy it, read it and laugh - I'm glad I did!
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