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Memoirs of a Fruitcake

Memoirs of a Fruitcake [Kindle Edition]

Chris Evans
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Praise for It’s Not What You Think:

‘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 the M1 and as colourful as his hair’, Now Magazine

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In Its Not What You Think Chris Evans had written himself a recipe for success. He was poised on the brink of seeing it become a reality. All the right ingredients were there: he was rich, famous; now he was the owner of his own radio station and media company. What could possibly go wrong? As it turned out, the answer was everything…well almost.

In It’s Not What You Think Chris Evans had seemingly found the recipe for success. He was rich, famous, and now the owner of his own radio station and media company. What could possibly go wrong? As it turned out, the answer was everything…well almost.

When we left our loveable ginger hero at the end of It's Not What You Think, it looked like Chris had made it. But things were about to take a very dark turn. Soon Chris’s childhood dreams of a job in radio lay in tatters, and as an endless drink-fuelled lifestyle began to take its toll, he plunged into a downward spiral so deep that escape seemed almost impossible.

And then his salvation appeared, in the form of a young singer called Billie Piper.

Told with the same wit, verve and startling honesty that surprised and delighted readers of It’s Not What You Think, this is the final part – for now – of Chris Evans’s journey of self discovery.

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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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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, honest autobiography 11 Nov. 2010
The second part of Chris Evans' brilliant autobiography, following where 'It's Not What You Think' left off. If the first book was a more sentimental reflection on how he reached the heady heights of fame and success from his early beginnings, this second part goes into what those kind of heights can do to a man. He is open, honest, touching, laugh-out-loud amusing and a fantastic writer.

I haven't been in to autobiographies before but this had made me not only a new fan of the genre but also a born-again Chris Evans fan and a new listener of his Radio 2 breakfast show.

I loved every minute of it and couldn't put it down - really recommend it!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Second best 4 Feb. 2011
I've been a far of Chris Evans since the very first episode of the Big Breakfast, only wavering when his ego span out of control and by his own admission he pretty much lost the plot. The first volume of his autobiography, "It's Not What You Think", was a hugely enjoyable read and this book picks up where the last finished at the time of his acquisition of Vigin Radio. Personally I felt this second volume fell short of the high standards of the first. It was more interesting to hear of his growing up and developing career than it has been to read of his fall from grace and subsequent climb back up the ladder.

For me the repeated self depracation and chastisement became dull as were the lengthy tales of Ferrari adulation and acquisition. There are a few pages dedicated to the oppulance of his former Surrey home which go into so much detail as to the granduer of it all that it sounds vain and boastful, which I'm sure weren't the intention as Chris appears very much a changed man, but were nonetheless excessive.

Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad book. It gives an insight into the world of celebrity, it's honest, it's easy to read and there are far worse autobiographies out there. Equally though there are far better reads which why I'm scoring this an average 3/5.
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74 of 81 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars celebrity self combusts 18 Oct. 2010
Chris Evan's, like him or loathe him, is a genius. Here we have the second half of his autobiography following on from last year's part one. This picks up at the point he bought Virgin Radio and takes us through to the present day.

It is refreshingly honest and very interesting, although told in light and easy to read chapters. It is incredible what the guy has done, part by luck and part by judgement and it is a calmer and moderate Chris Evans that takes us back through his most difficult years. He shares lots of amazing tales (I loved him in the South of France having dinner with Bono and then being invited to drink the best wine in the world by Andrew Lloyd-Webber) with his descent into the darker side of his personality and behaviour. Yep you do roll your eyes about how many times he had everything you could wish for and then chucked it away, but a flawed genius is still a genius and you do root for him when he finally gets it all together and turn into today's Chris Evans.

I was a listener at the time of the Virgin changes so it was interesting to see it from the other side although sorry to see the way he was forced to get rid of the old team through Boardroom politics. It has to be said that I don't tend to listen to his R2 show now, I actually think he has gone a bit middle of the road and lost the edge he once had - perhaps his new re-invention of himself has slightly taken the edge off, but it is nice to see a tortured soul settled down and coming to terms with himself.

This is a very interesting read that works on a number of levels - recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flew through this highly entertaining book 16 Nov. 2010
I flew through this highly entertaining book - as I grew up watching and listening to Chris Evans I could relate to a lot of his experiences but he's written them in a very entertaining way - hence 5 stars
Jonathan Hirst
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best autobiography I have ever read. 16 Oct. 2010
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A fascinating, honest and entertaining insight. Not just to the world of Chris Evans, but also the world of media, business and above all people.

I was going to keep this book for a holiday read in a couple of weeks but having a sneaky peep just a couple of days ago meant (sorry about the cliché) I just couldn't put it down.

I know if I were to start to write about each and every part I'd end up writing a thousand word review. And I'm certain I wouldn't be able to resist sharing some spoilers about selling and buying outrageous houses and cars, blowing deals, screwing up opportunities, coming back, find love, losing it, finding it, losing friends, buying friends, getting another chance... etc, etc So I'm going to summarise Memoirs of a Fruitcake in one sentence.

This is the best autobiography I have ever read.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FAB..U...LOUS! 20 Oct. 2010
After reading the first instalment of the Chirs Evans autobiography last summer whilst on holiday in Las Vegas, I was excited about no 2 coming out to continue his fantastic life story. I pre ordered it and when it arrived during the kids mid term holiday, I sat for the whole afternoon and evening and devoured it. In some way I wish I hadn't read it so fast so I still had it to read, but I loved every page.

I was not a huge fan of chris in his hey day but seeing him on the Jonathan Ross show last year promoting the first book, I thought it sounded interested. I was not wrong. what an interesting man and what a roller coster of a life he has lead.

I found the whole Sachsgate story facinating especially as I never for a moment considered it would affect Evans. His romance with Billie Piper was tender and much more eyeopening than I first thought. Just a great read!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
The book is easy reading, and sort of enjoyable, but too much "bragging" by Mr Evans. It came across as "haven't I done well for myself", "don't you wish you could have what I've... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed reading this book.
Reading this book might you realise what a fairytale life Chris Evans is really had. The book is filled with incidents and encounters that to Chris has become the everyday person... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Graham m Hodge
5.0 out of 5 stars Really interesting read. It makes you look at Chris ...
Really interesting read. It makes you look at Chris Evans in a different light and is obvious that the media portrayal of him is way off the mark.
Published 19 days ago by Nobdope
5.0 out of 5 stars very entertaining
Couldn't put it down, love his radio show I switched as radio 1 don't seem to appeal to anyone over 16!

It seams real genuine. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly recommend
Excellent , really enjoyed reading this on holiday. What a life !
Published 1 month ago by Boozanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book
Published 1 month ago by Elaine Healings
4.0 out of 5 stars easy entertaining
interesting, easy entertaining read
Published 1 month ago by Leo
5.0 out of 5 stars The book is great. it was a gift - It arrived on ...
The book is great. it was a gift - It arrived on time and the gift note made a lot of differnce!

Published 2 months ago by stacy marie armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very good read. Bought this for my husband and ended up reading it on hols. I was hooked.
Published 2 months ago by Lizzie
5.0 out of 5 stars a thoroughly entertaining read!
If you like Chris Evans you'll really enjoy this book. A frank account of his later years written with a humour only a man who survived it all could muster.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Ian S. Campbell
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