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Book Description

10 May 2012

Lee Evans is one of the best-loved comedians in the country; a Hollywood star able to sell out arenas in the blink of eye.

But he was not always such a roaring success.

The Life of Lee is an utterly hilarious and very moving autobiography charting his ups and downs on the way to the top. Lee takes us on a darkly humorous journey through his childhood spent running wild on a Bristol housing estate, his unconventional school days and through a grim teenage period of numerous dead-end jobs.

The book also reveals how as a boy Lee got his first taste of showbiz, accompanying his entertainer father around the rowdy, unforgiving working-men's club and theatre circuit.

Desperately struggling to be accepted, this quiet young loner always saw himself as an outsider. But he finally met the love of his life and accidentally discovered the one place where he felt at home: the stage.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (10 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718156196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718156190
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your normal biography 5 Oct 2011
A funny read that is well written and not the normal type of biography you'd expect from someone like Lee. I feel like I know him a lot better now! I bought it for myself and think I'll be getting another copy for my brother for Christmas (unless I can get away with passing on my copy...).
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, honest and touching 6 Oct 2011
By C
I LOVE Lee Evans, I always have and do even more so now,
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)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The funniest book I have ever read 13 Oct 2011
I was lucky to have caught Lee Evans in his heyday on the club circuit at the Railway pub in Hampton Wick just after he started out. I was dumbfounded and thought him an idiot at first. And that's exactly what he is. A lovely great clod. Two minutes into his act and I was hooked and have been ever since. He is the only comic of his time that can make me choke with laughter. This book does that as much as it makes one choke with tears, of both joy and with sadness. Nobody can be that stupid in real life, except for Lee Evans. This book will put fans like me through the emotional wringer. Thank god for him. Cheers for that Mouse Boy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE LEE EVANS, LOVE THIS BOOK 5 Oct 2011
If you're a big fan of Lee Evans obviously you'll love this book, but even if you're not there's no way you could fail to be engrossed in this moving, captivating and hilarious account of how he came to be the performer he is today. Every bit as funny on the page as he is on the stage! (oops, rhyme!)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LEE EVANS The life of lee 7 Oct 2011
Im a huge fan of lee evans,i loved this book and could not put it down,it had me laughing out loud,also quite sad in parts,lee is a very hard worker,but as the saying goes behind every good man is a good woman ,which you will realise when you read this book,makes me love lee even more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars heartwarming and hilarious 5 Oct 2011
This is such a heartwarming story of Lee's rise to fame - his relationship with his wife and the early years are described with a huge amount of warmth. And genuinely laugh-out-loud, fall-of-your-chair funny in places too! Five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life of Lee 6 Oct 2011
What a unique story from a truly self-made man. This book had me laughing and crying in equal measures! With so many unforgettable characters from Lee's childhood, along with his unusual upbringing following his dad around the 1970s entertainment circuit, it's easy to see how Lee has found plenty of material for his comedy. Fans of Lee Evans will love this but it's also a brilliant memoir for anyone who loves a bitter sweet true life story. FIVE STARS.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loveee 9 Oct 2011
By eveyy
LOVE IT, I love all his work from his very first show to the one i'm seeing on thursday! i couldn't be any more excited! i love the book and it all x
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a heart warming read
A very funny book which you would expect from Lee Evans, but also details the hard slog it took for Lee to get where he is now and why he deserves it. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Mr. Sj Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming story
I didn't realise what a tough start in life Lee Evans had; he really is a natural comic. Well written and a good read.
Published 4 days ago by kjb
5.0 out of 5 stars book
I was very happy with this purchase as I always am with thing I get from Amazon and will always check to see if I can get from you before trying elsewhere.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. B. A. B. Ladd
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Autobiography
This is a very honest and interesting book of the life of Lee Evans. While there are naturally a number of funny moments, there are also moments that are moving, as Lee Evans... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert Pask
3.0 out of 5 stars doesnt grab you
I am only half way through, but the reason j have only given three stars is that usually I can't put a book down. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Linda
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting autobiography
I've seen Lee Evans live and he's hilarious. When I'd read his story, I was so glad he became a success in the end, because of what he went through to get there and the struggle... Read more
Published 1 month ago by kangaroo
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best autobiography's I have read
I read some of these reviews when I was halfway through the book and was ready to be outraged that 'The Life of Lee' ends when the journey we know just began, but that, I realise,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gordon Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Man
Lee comes across as a kind warm decent human being. Through all his set backs and triumphs the reader is rooting for him well at least I was! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Springsteen Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars lee evans
brilliant read, can't wait for the next one, also one of the best comedians ever he deserves all the fame he is a brilliant story teller.
Published 2 months ago by Cazzie Baynes
5.0 out of 5 stars just brilliant
Great book about a great man very funny and also sad at times Despite his life he is a fantastic guy .
Published 2 months ago by lisa heathcote
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