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Thanks For Nothing [Hardcover]

Jack Dee
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Book Description

22 Oct 2009

For the first time, comedian Jack Dee reveals the highs and lows of his early life and disastrous day jobs.

You don't just wake up jaundiced and bitter; it's taken Jack years of dedication and commitment to brew his unique cocktail of disillusionment and bile.

What turned this once optimistic young man into a grumpy middle-aged git? Was it working in an artificial-leg factory? Or delivering incontinence pads for the NHS? Or was it the time when he was shunned by his peers for daring to thrash a one-armed man at tennis?

In this hilariously frank account of his life, Jack finally answers the question, 'So how did you get started in comedy then?' Along the way, he shares his blatantly unreasonable views on everything from personal trainers to boutique hotels, via the overrated moon landing and 'people who hold their cutlery the wrong way'.

Once you've read this book, you'll never think of Jack Dee as a smiling, happy-go-lucky, friendly face again



Product details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition, First Impression edition (22 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385615485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385615488
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 239,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A brilliant book. It's my bible. (Paul O'Grady)

This is just as funny and grumpy as the great man himself, which is probably because he actually wrote it. (Heat)

Painfully funny and moving. (Mail on Sunday)

Deadpan humour at its most brilliant. (Woman & Home)

Nice short chapters, lots of great jokes. (John O'Farrell, Daily Mirror)

Book Description

Jack Dee reveals how he became quite such a miserable git and a stand up comedian, sharing his many frustrations and deep-rooted disappointments with life along the way.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad but true 29 Oct 2009
By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This review is for the unabridged CD read by the author. This is always going to be a love it or hate it series of views. If you really don't like Dee and his style of grumpy reflection then this is going to do nothing to change your mind.
If however you are someone born in the 60's who has grown fed up with the worrying and frankly downright annoying mess we call life then step right up your ride is here.
Dee delivers an endless tirade on everything from the tedium of sport to the modern man and his ladylike pampering to his own childhood fantasies. In truth he tells very little of his own personal history as he always ends up wandering off on a tangent about some subject or other that gets his goat. Thats not to say he has no personal stories worth sharing. There are some great personal tales, such as the cringe worthy assault launched on an innocent hotel toilet or his hapless one and only attempt at employing a personal trainer, but he is really using this as a chance to rage against the world and life in general.
The endless tirade would soon descend into dull and repetitive were it not for his potty imagination, the fact that so much of what he says is just so true and that he has a disarming ability for honesty that shows him warts and all but makes this all the better for it.
The different stories move along at enough of a pace to keep you interested but linger long enough to give some insight and depth.
This was never going to be the in-depth self analysis of Clive James autobiographies or the show biz revelations that are so popular nowadays. This does however have a certain charm and as the chapters go by it becomes very easy to settle in to this and go for 'just one more chapter'.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, surprising and funny 14 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
I wasn't really sure what to expect. I love Jack's observational humor, but the book? I chose the audiobook over the paperback wondering who would better deliver the story than the master of stand-up himself? And it sure was the right choice. If you looking just for more Jack's humor - forget it. If you are interested how it all happened, what shaped him... Get ready for a surprise. A big one too. It's just excellent. And the worst bit for me - I want more! Can't see that happening though, since it would mean he'd have to have another life to cover. Too bad. Anyway, it was money well spent. Don't hesitate! Grab it as soon as you can.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly different. 6 Nov 2009
Format:Hardcover
This is one autobiography that tries to be different, and it succeeds perfectly. Jack has shied away from the usual, "I was born, I went to school, this is what happened to Me." type of life story that so many famous people write and that usually make me lose interest after a couple of dozen pages or so. Sure, he does talk about that, but it is done in a way that makes you want to keep reading. Stories about his past are mixed with anecdotes of the modern day things and people who annoy him the most. There are some great laugh aloud moments and some stories you will want to read out to friends. Also the ending is not rushed and has been left open for an updated version or sequel, which I for one am looking forward to already.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 23 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
Jack talks about his childhood his education and his many non-skilled jobs but somehow it feels like he has still managed to keep his private life out of the book.

On the surface this is the story of how he came to become a standup but in reality there are only a few chapters devoted to this and it is more about how unhappy he was with his career choices up until that point.

There are some very funny anecdotes and some parts made me laugh out loud. The first half of the book is funnier and felt more polished than the second.
I'm glad I read it, it was quite entertaining and I really like Jack Dee. I wish I could say it was fantastic but it wasn't.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dee-lightful 6 Jun 2010
By SilentSinger TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
I've read a great number of autobiographies written by various comedians because basically I'm always interested to learn what makes them tick. I'm therefore glad to report that Jack Dee's autobiography doesn't include unnecessary tedious detail about his childhood, basically he cherry picks the best bits and structures the book by recalling a series of anecdotes, some of which are more believable than others. Whilst reading I kept hearing Dee's voice and imagining him as his comedy alter ego in Lead Balloon, Rick Spleen, a character I'm sure isn't too removed from his non-showbizz persona.

Dee takes us through a myriad of temporary jobs which he drifted in and out of before deciding to plump for a career in stand up comedy. I particularly loved the chapter about his time as a dispatch driver and his boss's wooden leg, which I defy anyone not to laugh out loud whilst reading. Overall, it's a great book, a perfect length, poignant and very funny indeed. I can't wait until the second volume is published, which it undoubtedly will be in a few years...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very funny 11 Dec 2009
By Beanert
Format:Hardcover
Just finished reading this and I was impressed with how funny it was - it's unusual for me to laugh out loud whilst reading but this really did make me laugh! Not only funny, but does actually give his life story as well, which is a bonus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very funny read - what a life Jack Dee has had!
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The funniest autobiography I read in ages!
What a great read this was. Jack is just the funniest guy ever. This might not be everyone's sense of humour but to me it's absolute gold. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Justina
4.0 out of 5 stars Some First Class Grizzles And Gripes
We’ve all done crap jobs, but we can’t all write about them amusingly. Jack Dee can. He gives us the glib, sneery TV persona we’re all used to, but we also get an honest depth of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sarah Tipper
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of the audible version
Always been a fan of Jack Dee and bought this in hardback quite a while ago, and life being what it is never got around to reading it. I pay monthly to Audible.co. Read more
Published 6 months ago by James Rust
5.0 out of 5 stars An ideal gift for a man with sense of humour!
This was a gift for my husband's birthday. He opened it and didn't stop laughing until he got to the end. As a gift it was successful! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. Jasmine Simeone
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad read
A long drawn out read to get to the point where his life changed after being discovered. However quite enjoyable and infomative.
Published 7 months ago by cliff mccarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!!!
A great read and a wonderful insight into this superb comedian!!!! The book kept me smiling and laughing from the first to last page! Money well spent!!!
Published 10 months ago by david shephard
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
Made me laugh out loud I loved reading it, it was a real insight into the start of jack dees career
Published 11 months ago by julie jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars A Sincere Look at Jack
Not the funniest thing I've read, but then I think that makes it easier to read. It sounds honest and is a coherent recount of Jack's journey and his efforts at decding what to do... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dan
4.0 out of 5 stars That was brilliant
No really, this was a very good book. I always suspected Jack Dee was nice really. Well-written, funny and compelling.
Published 12 months ago by T J Corline
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