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Rob Brydon
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Book Description

12 April 2012

Rob Brydon tells story of his slow ascent to fame and fortune in Small Man in a Book.

A multi-award-winning actor, writer, comedian and presenter known for his warmth, humour and inspired impressions, Rob Brydon has quickly become one of our very favourite entertainers. But there was a time when it looked like all we'd hear of Rob was his gifted voice.

Growing up in South Wales, Rob had a passion for radio and soon the Welsh airwaves resounded to his hearty burr. However, these were followed by years of misadventure and struggle, before, in the TV series Marion and Geoff and Gavin and Stacey, Rob at last tickled the nation's funny bone. The rest, as they say, is history. Or in his case autobiography.

Small Man in a Book is Rob Brydon's funny, heartfelt, honest, sometimes sad, but mainly funny, memoir of how a young man from Wales very, very slowly became an overnight success.

Rob Brydon was brought up in Wales, where his career began on radio and as a voiceover artist. After a brief stint working for the Home Shopping Network he co-wrote and performed in his breakthrough show, the darkly funny Human Remains. He has since starred in the immensely popular Gavin and Stacey, Steve Coogan's partner in The Trip, and was the host of Would I Lie to You? and The Rob Brydon Show. He now lives in London with his wife and five children.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (12 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241954827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241954829
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Endearing . . . one of those Midas comedians who can make something funny just by looking at it' --Guardian

`Brydon guides us wittily through his early years. He's excellent at describing the nitty-gritty of being on stage' --Independent on Sunday Independent on Sunday The Times

`Fast becoming a national treasure . . . one of the season's more engaging memoirs' --Independent on Sunday

`An entertaining memoir covering Brydon's early years of professional struggle' Word
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About the Author

Rob Brydon is the award winning star of many critically acclaimed comedy series, from the darkly funny Human Remains and immensely popular Gavin and Stacey to his recent outing alongside Steve Coogan in Michael Winterbottom's The Trip, as well as host of Would I Lie to You? and The Rob Brydon Show. Rob has five children and lives in London.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Jim
I'm a massive fan of all of the things Rob Brydon has been in, probably the Trip and Human Remains most of all, so I knew this would be a funny book. I hadn't anticipated that it would make me laugh as much as it did though - nor that it would be as well written as it is. You can totally hear his voice coming off the pages, and there are parts of it which will really stick with me - lots of very well told funny stories. The photo sections are hilarious and it's really entertaining to read about some of the things he did before making it famous - the bits about his voicever work are comedy gold. You don't expect someone in 'showbiz' to be so candid about the grit and hard work of getting in to it... Loved it and would wholeheartedly recommend it...
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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As a fellow South Walian, I've been a fan of Rob Brydon's for many years. I knew he had a good story to tell, and this doesn't let you down.

Splendidly self-deprecating throughout, Rob writes as he speaks. He keeps up a running commentary on his own narrative throughout which is so exactly him. Very few celebrity writers manage this trick of keeping their own voice- Paul O'Grady is a notable exception. Rob's book is right up there with Paul's and really deserves to do as well.
This also means that the book will no doubt make a wonderful audiobook, if Rob has the time to do it.

The early chapters are also a tribute to the strong, loving support Rob received from his family. Although Rob grew up in a time of recession and his family was affected by this, his parents did their damndest to shield him from worry. Rob had a very indulged childhood - and in one infinitely sad little paragraph, of an event when he was six, he gives an indication why. Normally children who are spoiled aren't very appealing but Rob clearly was.

Like so many others in his field, the one place he shone at school was on stage, and he plays tribute to the teachers who made it so. Wales has a gift for producing inspirational teachers who have produced inspirational actors. Rob, Michael Sheen, Sir Antony Hopkins and Sir Richard Burton have all come from a tiny area, geographically. All had mentors who made them so.

Much of Rob's recall of his student days is probably helped by the fact that he was teetotal. Most celebrity autobiographies contain periods when the writer was too busy going out and having a good time to recall much - not Rob's.

Rob's gradual rise as a voice-over artist and frustrated actor-comedian is wonderfully described...
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic - a laugh on every page 18 Oct 2011
Has to rate as one of the most hilarious books I've ever read, up there with Dunthorne's 'Submarine' - clearly, there's something very funny in the water in Swansea. I rarely laugh out loud, but this had me giggling away and smiling manically through the miserable morning commute and a book I really looked forward to getting back to every day. An absolute pleasure from cover to cover - and I can't wait for the audio version with the clips from his early days. Rob Brydon comes across as honest, good-natured, loveable and, of course, incredibly funny. I'm not normally a fan of autobiography, but I can't praise this highly enough: it's endearing, entertaining and highly enjoyable, I've recommended it to almost everyone I've spoken to this week and I would encourage anyone looking for something to brighten up their day as the cold weather kicks in to give this a go. I've genuinely loved every minute of it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest, compelling and utterly hilarious 18 Oct 2011
It's not often that a book makes you laugh out loud, but Rob Brydon's 'Small Man in a Book' made me do exactly that. Rob talks about his difficult ascent to fame and his unlucky love-life as a teen in a strikingly honest memoir that is peppered with hilarious anecdotes throughout.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rwy'n gwlyb fy hun 17 Oct 2011
Loosely translated as "I wet myself"...

Extremely funny and honet writing from a surprisingly-smart chap. Certainly easy to see how he has such an excellent repartee with Steve Coogan.

Particulary enjoyed hearing about his somewhat-humble beginnings as 3rd villager in the Richard Gere romp, "First Knight"...not sure I'll be wanting to see that after his performance though! Rather temted to buy the enhanced audiobook, having seen what the content entails, but I think that might make me a full-blown obsessive...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and Endearing 22 Nov 2011
I agree with the many positive comments about this biography. It is far less shallow and styled than many 'celebrity' memoirs. The author tells an interesting story about his rather unusual rise from a quite comfortable background, up through well renumerated but limiting voiceover work and stints in local radio, to his belated but well-deserved breakthrough as a performer in his own right on TV in some gems as Marion & geoff and Gavin & Stacey. Honest, self-effecing and bright, he comes across as a nice man, and the book is one of the most satisfying I've read in this area for quite a while.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun! 18 Oct 2011
Got this book as a gift - I didn't know much about Rob Brydon but I always liked him in Gavin and Stacey. I really enjoyed reading his story/life. If you are looking to be entertained then you will not be disapointed by his book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable reading 16 April 2014
By John
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The book was very entertaining and a very enjoyable, easy read. Sometimes the references to the. People he has worked with are slightly over the top, admittedly it is much the same as others of this sort but pleasing nevertheless.
It's a book of its time as in today's world references to 'failed celebrities' would no doubt be frowned upon however still worth the rating.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Small man in a book
Good insight into the life of the writer, would have got 5 if I had laughed a little bit more but overall a good read!
Published 3 days ago by mr s young
3.0 out of 5 stars well
I thought it would be more funny!!!

The way the book goes back and for to differing times also gets very confusing! Funny man....but in the flesh!!
Published 1 month ago by Rachel kemp
4.0 out of 5 stars A Taific book
I love Rob Brydon, I'm reading the book as he is telling it in his tone of voice its a shame he is not on T.V. more.
Published 2 months ago by Mary Hackett
4.0 out of 5 stars great man.......great book
what a great insight into Rob Brydons life growing up.

shame that it doesnt cover the period of him appearing in Gavin and Stacey but hopefully there'll be a follow up... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. M. A. Bright
3.0 out of 5 stars Welsh jibber jabber
I didn't laugh out loud but it did make me smile a few times and I'm mighty pretty when I smile believe me!
Published 2 months ago by Chunkhorn
4.0 out of 5 stars Too short!
Well written and amusing, but it ends too soon, just as he is achieving some success. I could have done with more. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Blair Kesseler
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked this book a lot
I listened to the Audio CD. I liked the honesty and understated approach. Rob talks of his late rise to fame - just shows that you can't keep a good man down.
Published 3 months ago by KMBerkshire
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Enjoyed the shared history of life in wales in the 60's but not really my humour - I guess if you like the humour you will like the book
Published 4 months ago by Yve
5.0 out of 5 stars Rob Brydon
Not sure at first,but now that I have finished the book I would recommend it. Really a good read and funny.
Published 5 months ago by Silv
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read
An honest and humorous account of Rob's childhood and early days trying to make a breakthrough onto the comedy scene, very enjoyable, I would like to read more of his work.
Published 5 months ago by Phil skoyles
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