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Book Description

21 July 2011

Sunday Times Celebrity Book of the Year 2010

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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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (21 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007345704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007345700
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,887 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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Praise for Memoirs of a Fruitcake:

‘Both an acute psychological study and a cracking read’ Mail on Sunday

‘Evans writes extremely well’ The Times Magazine

‘At his most likeable’ News of The World

‘Witty, inspiring and remarkably self-pity free’ Heat Magazine

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 Magazine

‘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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Memoirs of a Fruitcake is The Sunday Times 2010 Celebrity Book of the Year. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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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73 of 80 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I was not that keen on the author but like him more after reading his book, he is a hard worker and I like that. good read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice one
Simple transaction , product as described, received in good time and price reasonable. I would have no hesitataion dealing with this company in the future.
Published 9 days ago by Billy Hugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Memoirs of a Fruitcake
What can I see I really enjoyed reading this book. I enjoy listening to Chris Evans on the breakfast show as he seems quite frank.
Published 11 days ago by Mrs. S. D. Trudgill
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
I did not like chris evans before i read this book i thought him big headed and arrogant, but not any more
Published 1 month ago by sylvia jane
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it.
Easy to read. A follow on from Chris' first book. Want to read next one soon. You have lead an interesting life Chris!
Published 1 month ago by linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
great book loved the start of the chapters with top ten.
what a interesting life you had look after it now your back on track.
Published 1 month ago by Mandy Baines
5.0 out of 5 stars Really interesting read
Really interesting read and quite funny learning about Chris' life and all that he's achieved. Couldn't put the book down.
Published 1 month ago by Louisa Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars a very engaging read
From the first day he took over I enjoy the Chris Evans Breakfast Show and had validly read his daily blog on the radio 2 website. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Flipflapflynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book
Friend lent the first book, always wanted to read the second installment . Once I started it I could not put it down. Would recommend it as it was a very good and easy read
Published 2 months ago by Mrs L Evans-Hayward
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read
This is a great book, very entertaining read. You can almost hear Chris Evans reading it to you. Highly recommended
Published 2 months ago by Julia Sant
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