- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Corgi (11 April 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552166553
- ISBN-13: 978-0552166553
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mack The Life Paperback – 11 Apr 2013
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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)
A brilliant, heartfelt and hilarious insight into the life of one of our most popular comediansSee all Product Description
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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.
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.
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i purchased the book as a 'stocking filler' present and, being a speed reader, I glanced through it sufficiently to see it was something I would like to. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Mr. A. Mowatt
For a confused young person at university myself, it's been an inspiring read! Everyone starts from somewhere, even the big stars.
Definitely consider buying this book!
Firstly the book arrived in poor condition. At least 6 pages dropped out and the general condition overall was untidy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by m r mcnulty
a good read but lacking in humour, I have seen lee live and on TV and he is one of my favourite comedians a bit disappontingPublished 1 month ago by red
Never been one for biographies but this was hilarious. Like reading an episode of not going outPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I’m a fan of Lee Mack’s stand-up but not of Not Going Out particularly but that didn’t stop me finding this book very funny indeed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sarah Tipper
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