- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Michael Joseph (10 May 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0718156196
- ISBN-13: 978-0718156190
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (299 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Life of Lee Paperback – 10 May 2012
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'As hilarious, unsettling and forlorn as Evans himself' --The Sunday Times
'If comedy is the new rock 'n' roll, then behold the new Elvis Presley'
--The Sun --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
In November 2005, Lee Evans smashed the world record for playing to the largest ever comedy audience - 10,108 people at the Manchester Evening News Arena. The record underlined his status as the most popular comedian in the UK. A former boxer, Lee went on to break more records. In 2008, he sold more than 500,000 tickets on fifty-nine arena dates. He has now sold in excess of 4 million DVDs.
Born in Bristol in 1964, the award-winning comedian also headlined in such films as There's Something About Mary, MouseHunt, The Fifth Element, The Martins and Funny Bones. He has also performed in the West End in The Producers, Endgame and The Dumb Waiter, receiving numerous theatre awards along the way. Lee has been happily married to Heather for twenty-seven years. They live in Essex and have a daughter called Mollie.
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Top Customer Reviews
Really touching,honest and kind, A real reflection behind the funny man the relationship between him and his wife is lovely & so very genuine.
Brought me to tears a couple of times and made me laugh too.
The only thing I would say is that I would've liked to have heard more about the early days, tours, when Molly was born etc.
Thanks Lee :o)
What Lee offers us here is very honest window into his mind and his memories and he comes across a lot like he does in interviews - very humble, very sharp-witted and maybe with a touch of naïveté, which makes this an at time hilarous and at times touching read.
We get Lee's life from basically conception through to the moment where he starts the journey to stardom, and with absolutely no trace of arrogance throughout. I personally loved the stories he told about his early life and what made him the person he is today, and I was impressed by his story telling ability, bringing a lot of the situations to life with vivid, almost "you-are-there" descriptions - one particular accident he has involving a stick and his eye comes instantly to mind!
The absolute highlight for me is one of the final stories he tells of how what should've been a fairly simple singing act at a talent contest suddenly turns into a sequence of errors, mistakes and accidents. The mental images he managed to conjure up in my mind had me sniggering like a fool while I was reading it on the bus!
I noted a couple of reviewers aren't happy with the fact he focused almost primarily on his personal life and didn't really venture much into the Lee Evans we all know as the comic, musician and actor, even going so far as to (perhaps cynically) suggest that it this book is setting up a sequel.Read more ›
Just to set the scene, I became a fan of Lee Evans in about 2003. I was introduced to old DVD's by a friend and went to see Lee in Newcastle during the XL tour (to me his best tour). I went to Big and Roadrunner and Lee became someone who could always make me laugh. I wanted to know more about this sweaty, non-stop comedian.
About the Book (Spoils book a bit)
I bought the book and expected the same fun and laughter I came across sitting in the audience during one of his tours (Kind of like Russell Brands 'Booky Wook'). I split the book into thirds. The first two thirds of the book I found hard to read. Very depressing. It sets you up as Lee always making a fool of himself for attention and sacrificing respect. Tied in with tales about certain moments in lift about his brother and/or dad. Not the fun, entertaining Lee I got to know at arean's. Then the book changed. Lee tries to sort his life out; for himself and Heather. Not wanting to play the fool anymore but somehow falling into that trap of being one. You begin to really feel his pain and his drive for some good luck to come his way. In this final third part of the book it becomes very difficult to put down. Like anyone seeking a bit of good luck, you keep going (it does come in the end). It's at that final part of the book that you understand that the first 66% of the book was a set up to get you in the right frame of mind for what I believe is the most important part of the book. It's then that you understand this book is amazing. Very well written. You really get to know Lee, and at key moments in the book (in the cafe) you can see what is coming but understand why Lee can't.
It's safe to say that I will never see him in the same light ever again. This guy was really down low as low can be, but managed to pull himself out of it. Not with qualifications, experience or skills but with drive and determination. Something we can all learn from.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this man since I was a kid so I've grown up with him basically. He is by far the best comedian of all time, no one quite compares and this book just reiterates exactly why I... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Adele woods
One of the funniest men on the planet...excellent read and i could not put it down.Published 27 days ago by S Logan
a very honest guy who had a bad start into adulthood but through hard work and determination has become a success. Very good book.Published 1 month ago by johnboy
Honest autobiography from a genuine man. Has no ideas above his station and humble beginnings. Plenty to laugh at all the way through.Published 1 month ago by Ged