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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; 1 edition (15 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340936150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340936153
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 16.1 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (277 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Russell Brand is a comedian, actor, radio host, and author. He has had a number of major film roles including parts in St Trinian's, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek.

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'The most talented stand-up comedian to emerge in Britain this decade, Brand combines Eddie Izzard's rare ability to carry a whole crowd along on an audacious flight of comic fancy with the carnal magnetism of the young George Best. Audiences leave a Brand performance not just entertained but actively debauched by his catalogue of erotic misadventure.' (Daily Telegraph)

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The controversial, unexpurgated, and hilarious life story of the nation's hottest comedian - in his own words.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Aj Des Forges on 21 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
I am a very late comer to Russell Brand. I first became aware of him a few years ago on a very rare occasion. I was watching trashy TV ( Big Bros Little Bro). I saw this rediculous character with his seemingly contrived style and irritatingly strong accent and switched channels sharpish. My narrow mind had already sealed its oppinion upon this man as nothing more than a typical modern London media hawk.

It was a few years later that I randomly saw one of his stand-up shows ( on TV again, not live )... I was absolutely transfixed. I found his use of language during the performance to be absolutely incredible and like nothing I had seen before. This was like watching a one-man Shakespeare writing his entire works in one monologue without hesitation. And it was hilarious too.

So shortly after this I purchased the book. I thought the title was very silly and made me feel less inclined to read it. I mean, surely a man with such a grasp of language could come up with something better than 'My Booky Wook', a quasi child-like reference to innocent times. Perhaps.

The book pretty much grabs you from the first page, from 'I dedicate this book to the most important woman in my life, my Mum...Now for God's sake please don't read it'... and you can quickly see why. His honesty is astounding, and I truely admire it. I would never feel comfortable letting the whole world know all these dark and dirty things.

I think that because he is so honest, it takes the shame away and leaves you with essentially a nice likable bloke who had a slightly dodgy child-hood which typically influenced his adult behaviours. He also has an enviable talent in the art of communication.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By minty on 13 May 2014
Format: Paperback
I don't fancy Brand but I sometimes like what he has to say, and the courage he has to say it. I liked the book more than I expected. I would never have bought this book except it was 49 pence in my local charity shop.

In the general chaos, there are a few intelligent and interesting observations, some funny parts, and even some passages of great writing.

But what I was also aware from early in the book was the question as to whether RB had mental health issues e.g. Borderline Personality Disorder, Bi-polar or something else. His impulsivity, drug-taking, sexual excess etc seem to scream this. Yet he only makes reference to a possible mental health issue (depression) for one paragraph in the whole book. This is not to say I am not sympathetic - having such disorders can be extremely difficult. But maybe these same things give him the freedom to say and do whats outside normality and conventions, and there's some upside to that in Planet Bland Britain (even if at the same time the consequences of people's responses are painful to him personally). But regardless, the truths he does speak should stand alone and get credit regardless of other problems he may have.

As a few other reviewers have said, I found his father's behaviour pretty awful, though Brand himself seems to think there is nothing wrong with leaving your young child watching porn in the living room whilst you shag some bird in the next room.

But here are some of the passages I really liked:

p.3 "But it was the umpteenth time that I'd been confronted with the galling reality that there are things over which I have no control and people who can force their will upon you. Teachers, sex police, actual police, drug counsellors" ...How true!!!
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Format: Paperback
Russell Brand is powerful with words. With an impressive range of vocabulary and an individual, charismatic style he describes his drug-, alcohol-, and sex-fuelled lifestyle from childhood to adulthood. He is (in my opinion) an unlikeable character - manipulative, calculating, selfish, egotistical, childlike, and messed up as a result of an unhappy childhood. But this is exactly what makes his book so compelling. The conundrum, and what your average reader working 9am-5pm in the office will be absolutely incredulous at, is how Mr. Brand manages to break rule after rule, get expelled from institution after institution, and get fired again and again, have complete disregard for all others, and still at the end of the day become successful in his line of work. Russell Brand is hugely talented and funny, giving him an innate ability to work an audience to get what he wants (i.e., attention and ultimately fame). This book will in places shock you, disgust you, sadden you, and enlighten you. Aside from Mr. Brand's escapades with prostitutes in the Far East, orgies in Hackney, and dives into crack houses with the homeless, the most eyebrow-raising parts of the book highlight his eccentricities. Have you ever kept a pet mouse in your hair? Or ordered room service in a hotel for your pet African snails?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Lewis on 13 May 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A very frank book about Russell's life, He writes like he talks and leaves nothing to the imagination.
Certainly not for minors or easily embarrassed readers!
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Ms. A. Brooke on 30 Jan. 2009
Format: Paperback
First off, I have to admit Brand is not a man I greatly warm to, particularly after recent disasters, but there are moments in this book where I laughed out loud and it is written with a rather endearing honesty. There's something essentially Byronic about the man, in my opinion. And in some ways the book has made me like him better. But the astonishing thing - and the reason you must consider it as one for your reading list - is that it absolutely has the best last two pages I have ever read in any biography. Or any work of non-fiction indeed. And the utter best last line. It's stunning and it left me (a) in tears and (b) hugely impressed. If Brand can write like that with such piercing clarity and depth, then more please and soon.
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