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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007324499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007324491
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Francis Martin Patrick 'Frankie' Boyle was born in Glasgow in 1972. Most recognised for this regular spot on BBC 2's Mock the Week, Frankie's cruel but perfectly constructed gags on politicians, celebrities and society as a whole have cemented his name in the world of comedy.

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‘If you like Harry Potter and the Da Vinci Code, why are you even looking at this, you retard?’
Jimmy Carr

‘If you are suffocating in cosy Christmas cheer, this abrasively cynical, relentlessly misanthropic book might feel like a welcome faceful of ice-cold water straight out of the Clyde.’
The Sunday Times

‘Quite triumphantly, this is the most abusive, obscene, insulting memoir yet published…Many, many funny lines here. A difficult book to read sedately in public.’
The Evening Standard

‘He has a shocking, acid-tongued wit and his sharp observations make this one of the funniest autobiographies I’ve read.’
The Sun

‘an original mix of confession and stand-up monologue … it’s rather gratifying that it’s outselling most of the books by more famous figures.’
The Guardian

‘a refreshing antidote to the usual feelgood books by TV stars.’
The Independent

‘My Shit Life So Far, showcases that cruel and unusual comedy that's become Frankie’s trademark, and should probably be enjoyed far away from hot liquids… bizarre, intelligent and abusively hilarious.’
**** The List

‘frequently funny.’
Heat

‘biting wit.’
Independent on Sunday

‘Fans of Boyle's dark style will hope this book provides laughs-a-plenty and an antidote to the play-it-safe, sickly sweet autobiographies of other so-called celebrities. They will not be disappointed.’
Dave TV

‘Only read this book in public if you have no qualms about blowing coffee through your nose in spurts of guilty laughter … Punchier than a cage fighter, with more disclosures than an episode of Parky … Addictive and expertly brutal.’
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About the Author

Francis Martin Patrick 'Frankie' Boyle was born in Glasgow in 1972. Most recognised for this regular spot on BBC 2's Mock the Week, Frankie's cruel but perfectly constructed gags on politicians, celebrities and society as a whole have cemented his name in the world of comedy. 'John Prescott is so fat, that he can't put a tie and belt on without turning into sausages.' Nice.


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3.6 out of 5 stars

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82 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Comedy fan on 1 Oct 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is the funniest autobiography i've ever read. Bored of the same old, run of the mill celebrity drivel, i was hoping Frankie would deliver something different - which he has. Hilarious, rude and offensive, Frankie tells it like it is (even though we might not dare to say it). I bought this book this morning and read it in one sitting it's that entertaining. Just a word of advice - don't read it while eating or drinking. I exploded with laughter, covering my partner in a fine spray of beer. Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. W. Lawson on 31 Dec 2009
Format: Hardcover
I asked for this item for Christmas, thinking that it'd be a riproaring comedy from start to finish. Perhaps my expectations were too high?

To say it's an autobiography, we learn very little of Frankie's life growing up in Scotland. He seems to lurch suddenly from being a child to his first comedy gigs in his early 20s with very little about his school days etc.

It's crude, but we can expect that, and the crudeness provide the most laughs.

To me, it also felt very short. I have finished it after just 2-3 hours of reading. Compared to other comedian's more substantial autobiographies such as Peter Kays, it left me feeling a bit of short changed.

Still definitely worth a read, but only if you're interested in which drugs he took! For me - we needed more excerpts from his shows to keep the comedy coming. There just weren't enough laughs, but then - who says it had to be funny?
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Steven Brown TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Oct 2009
Format: Hardcover
I read 2 pages of the introduction when I saw it in a bookshop, and was laughing so much that I bought it there and then.

If you're a fan of his stand-up or Mock the Week, you'll definitely enjoy this - it's written in exactly the same style - crude, cutting, and very very funny.

In summary, a hilarious alternative to standard, boring celebrity biographies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By carol on 30 Dec 2010
Format: Hardcover
What a legend,laughed from start to finish,be warned if your easily offended then don't read this book,if however you are wanting laughter,raw and good entertaiment then this is a must for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Graham Watts on 6 Nov 2010
Format: Paperback
Kept me interested right till the end, some very good stuff here from Frankie especially towards the end!! worth the 3.99 i paid for it, any day of the week!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 28 Sep 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Very amusing read. Reading it is like reading one of his stand-up routines. Better than the average bog-book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nomad in Caledonia on 11 Sep 2010
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If you like intelligent, brutal and black humour of Frankie Boyle this book has lots of it. If you live in Scotland you'll find it even funnier. The only thing that the book is rather long...
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41 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Alison TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Oct 2009
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I'm a fan of Frankie, both his stand-up and his panel-show stuff such as Mock the Week. I really enjoyed his book and there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments with his unique crude and cutting humour. He's so cruel (his description of Boris Johnson late into the book is a good example!) and yet so funny.

I did enjoy it but it is a 4/5 for me for a few reasons: The book is confusing in parts, it's mainly chronologically written but he doesn't often include information about the dates of events or the age he was when things happened - this can make things confusing. He is obsessed with a part of his anatomy and not an insignificant amount of the book is devoted to the things he has done to it and with it! He has spent a lot of time with drink and drugs - which explains two of the weirdest parts of the book that describe comedy he wrote when stoned and made no sense to me at all! I also think that Frankie has been very guarded about who he is now; when it gets to near-present day it feels like he doesn't want you to know what his life is like although you get a few glimpses.

However, I did really enjoy it, I laughed a lot, and if you like Frankie you'll enjoy his book.
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