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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition, First Impression edition (22 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385615485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385615488
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 279,131 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)

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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 By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Oct. 2009
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 By Rafal Z. on 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 By Phillip Calgary on 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 By SilentSinger TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Jun. 2010
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Colman on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Psychology Student on 30 Jan. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I bought this book in the kindle version with high expectations based on the 25- five star reviews singing Dee's praises. I have, however to totally disagree with many of the previous reviewers. This is without doubt one of the dullest books I have ever read. The challenge was to see it through to the end to see if the book would pick up - sadly it did not.

As Dee has worked in the entertainment industry for 20 odd years, one would assume he would have a plethora of interesting anecdotes to tell. Similarly as a comedian you would think he would expertly embellish the less interesting tales for comic effect and to amuse the reader.

This book is neither particularly biographical or funny but rather reams of mundane ramblings. If you are interested in stories such as the day Jack bought a special tool to unblock his toilet - which to his surprise worked, or the day he waited for a bus out in the countryside which never turned up - only to turn up later driving past him as he walked away from the bus stop then this book is for you. If however you are after something more substantive or comical it is best to look elsewhere.
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