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Frankie Boyle
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1 Oct 2009

Ever since being brought up by The Beatles, Frankie Boyle has been a tremendous liar. Join him on his adventures with his chum Clangy The Brass Boy and laugh as he doesn’t accidentally kill a student nurse when a party gets out of hand.

I don't think anyone can have written an autobiography without at some point thinking "Why would anyone want to know this shit?" I've always read them thinking "I don't want to know where Steve Tyler grew up, just tell me how many groupies he f**ked!"'

So begins Frankie's outrageous, laugh-out loud, cynical rant on life as he knows it. From growing up in Pollockshaws, Glasgow (‘it was an aching cement void, a slap in the face to Childhood, and for the family it was a step up'), to his rampant teenage sex drive (‘in those days if you glimpsed a nipple on T.V. it was like porn Christmas'), and first job working in a mental hospital ('where most evenings were spent persuading an old man in his pants not to eat a family sized block of cheese'), nothing is out of bounds.

Outspoken, outrageous and brilliantly inappropriate, Frankie Boyle, the dark heart of Mock the Week, says the unsayable as only he can. From the TV programmes he would like to see made ('Celebrities On Acid On Ice: just like Celebrity Dancing On Ice, but with an opening sequence where Graham Norton hoses the celebrities down with liquid LSD'), to his native Scotland and the Mayor of London ('voting for Boris Johnson wasn't that different to voting for a Labrador wearing a Wonder Woman costume'), nothing and no one is safe from Frankie's fearless, sharp-tongued assault.

Sharply observed and full of taboo-busting, we-really-shouldn't-be-laughing-at-this humour, My Shit Life So Far shows why Frankie Boyle really is the blackest man in show business.

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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: 23.6 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,118 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.’

‘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.’

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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82 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't stop laughing! 1 Oct 2009
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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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb stuff 3 Oct 2009
By Steven Brown TOP 500 REVIEWER
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
5.0 out of 5 stars LMAO!!!!! 30 Dec 2010
By carol
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
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent read!! 6 Nov 2010
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Like readin one of his stand-up routines 28 Sep 2010
By Lee
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Brutally funny ! 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Sharp, Shocking and Fun! 27 July 2014
By Siltone
If you've seen Frankie Boyle on Mock The Week, then you'll know what to expect from this guy. On TV he is obviously subject to a certain amount of censorship but here the shackles are off and he's allowed to let rip with his unabated irreverent humour. By his own admission, he sometimes misses the mark with some of his observations and occasionally just seems to be out and out cruel. However, there's no denying that if you are on his wavelength then you can have a real good time with reading this sometimes bizarre account of his life up until 2009.
For me, the first half of the book was excellent and had me chuckling away to myself. I thought the second half of this 'autobiography' faltered and lost its way a little as he related stories about his early television appearances and the script writing he did for TV. Towards the end of the book the pace quickened up again and included examples of many of the one-liners his legion of fans will be familiar with. It was an entertaining read and makes me tempted to purchase the other books he has since written.
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41 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Frankie 10 Oct 2009
By Alison TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars great
This book is funny and near the knuckle at times, it's a good read.
Published 3 days ago by mum in a hurry
5.0 out of 5 stars Outsanding
This book made me laugh out loud! Unfortunately for me these occasional outbursts occurred in public places. Trying to disguise my laughter seemed to make it worse. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Funkymonkey
1.0 out of 5 stars take or leave it
I ordered this off of amazon on the strength of seeing him on tv but to be honest with you it was very poor don't buy
Published 4 months ago by whiskey boy
3.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant read
It's a fun read for anyone looking for a laugh. First half of the book is quite good, the rest not so good and seems to skip a lot of personal stuff that might have been... Read more
Published 4 months ago by JVG
5.0 out of 5 stars loflmao
Oh Frankie!!! You funny fecker!!!!!!!!!! ...... and a serious side that made a lot of sense, aswell! Talented guy, no doubt about it.
Published 5 months ago by John Halliday
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
Definitely the least depressing and most sincere of frankie's books. It's easy to read and you can get through it without feelig a total loss of hope for humanity unlike his other... Read more
Published 6 months ago by joe
2.0 out of 5 stars piece of unadulterated crap
If you want to read the story of an ignoramuse please carry on and purchase this book . it is an insult to intellegence
Published 6 months ago by Graeme Marchant
5.0 out of 5 stars Cried Laughing
I took this boof to lanzarote with me and read it by the third day. Was so glad i had as i was in pain with laughter. Funniest book i read in a long long time. Pedro x
Published 7 months ago by Pedro
1.0 out of 5 stars His s*** book .......
How to make money now that tax avoidance schemes are less easy to use - put random words into print and hope that people will think that because he's a comedian he is being funny... Read more
Published 7 months ago by gpajohn
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Need to stop ordering things quickly again thought was a DVD but no worries me son can read it my fault no one earless but will use this seller again
Published 8 months ago by Tilly
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