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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: 2.8 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,614 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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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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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 Lee on 28 Sep 2010
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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 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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Alan H. Eastwood on 29 Jun 2010
Format: Paperback
If you don't know who Frankie Boyle is, you might find the title of this autobiography offensive. If you do know who he is, then you will realise that the title is likely to be one of the milder profanities you might encounter within the covers - and you'd be absolutely right! Frankie is a Glaswegian comedian renowned for pushing the limits of the acceptable until they fall over the edge into the nether-regions below, a place where many fear to go and find jaw-droppingly shocking.

However, being different from the usual crop of current comedians does set him aside, and often above them for ingenuity and putting a genuinely funny and unexpected slant on people, situations and sometimes bizarre extrapolations. He appears to inhabit a personal vacuum that isolates him from the taboos and expectations of society at large, but there is often stark truth in his pronouncements. Sometimes, however sacred the topic, speaking your mind and making fun of the often artificial niceties and conventions works well.

I was surprised (though in retrospect, perhaps not) to read of the heavy reliance on drugs that seems to permeate the book and his work - and his leisure time too, although how much is to be believed is probably simply another part of Frankie's joke persona. I found this to be an immensely enjoyable read, extremely funny at times, and a constant desire to see what might shock me next.

If you are easily offended, then step away from the book now...!
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