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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (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 (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,197 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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2 of 2 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Skyman on 31 Jan. 2012
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The first thing to be pointed out is that this is not really an autobiography. He does mention things about his early life - and he mentions the drug taking......regularly - but not in any depth, and certainly not to the extent that would qualify this book as being classified as a true autobiography. But to be honest, he's too young to write one; he hasn't been around long enough; and, as he alludes to in the book, do we really care about his childhood or what subjects he took at school? Not really; at this stage you read a Frankie Boyle book to have a laugh and to get a dose of the wit that made him essential viewing on Mock the Week.......and any other shows he appeared on.
I have to say that I actually agree with the people who only gave the book one star - I don't agree with the rating but I agree with some of the comments. Yes, the book does appear rushed; yes, it is not a true autobiography; yes, certain parts of the book are padded out with old material he wrote with other people which did not get published and which was not all that funny - a lot of it is unrecognisable as Frankie Boyle material. However, as a Frankie Boyle fan I have to say that the book is pretty much what I expected. I wasn't expecting to be hit by a philosophical treatise and I wasn't expecting a perfectly written book. But I was expecting to laugh - and he achieved this. It kept me amused and there were a few occasions of uncontrollable laughter being elicited. So if your'e a Frankie Boyle fan I think you will enjoy the book. It isn't the best and he could have done better, but you will be entertained.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 July 2010
Format: Hardcover
I adore Frankie Boyle. I've seen him live on his recent tour and I was a big fan of his on Mock the Week, so for me this autobiography was a must. It's every bit as offensive as I expected- a truly cracking read. I was laughing just reading the summary on the back cover- and was looking forward to reading a lot more about the man himself.

First of all, as a few other reviewers have said, this book isn't particularly chronological or linear when it comes to dates. Frankie does have a bit of a habit of going off at a tangent, but I actually quite liked that. It made for a more interesting read, particularly as the text was peppered with insults and opinions of people he encounters or knows through showbiz. Learning about his childhood was amusing as was his slog to become the comedian he is today. It's written in such a way as you can actually imagine him speaking directly at you, which I enjoyed- definitely no ghost writers there.

What didn't I like so much? Well, I would have liked to have learned a bit more about his relationship with his children as that was somewhat glossed over, but can understand his need to want to keep certain aspects of his life a bit private, particularly as his kids are still young. Also, the 'Mock the Week' section, which I'd hoped would be a bit longer was somewhat rushed in towards the end of the book.

Nevertheless, if you're a fan of Frankie's you will love this. Read it, laugh yourself silly and then pass it on to another fan.
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TheBrettLeppard on 16 Aug. 2010
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I'm not entirely sure what all of the negative reviews are getting at, clearly they bought this book thinking it would be nothing but Mock the Week content. It isn't. This book does make you laugh out loud on many occasions, however, this is a book about Frankie Boyle's life - so don't expect it to be full of sunshine and roses. The problem probably is that people think that Frankie on screen is different to Frankie off screen. From what I've seen and read they're the same person, not some sort of angry, Scottish 'character'. So if all you're looking for is lots of jokes then don't buy this. If instead you'd like to read about Frankie Boyle's life with some hilarious jokes chucked in the mix, then go ahead and buy this. Beware, this isn't for the faint hearted.
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