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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (10 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718156196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718156190
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (253 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,069 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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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By C on 6 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Louise Nash on 5 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ella McDermott on 4 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover
What a lovely man! I thought that I knew a lot about Lee Evans but reading his story written in his own words is very different from watching him on TV. He is so geniune and so humble. I really enjoyed reading his book and getting to know the real person behind the cheeky smile.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Leonie Bahri on 5 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rory Q on 23 May 2012
Format: Hardcover
So this obviously isn't going to be an entirely objective review, as I'm a loyal fan of Lee Evans and consider him one of the greatest stand up comedians of all time.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JB on 1 Dec. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Intro
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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jay irving on 7 Oct. 2011
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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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