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Memoirs of a Fruitcake
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 11 November 2010
The second part of Chris Evans' brilliant autobiography, following where 'It's Not What You Think' left off. If the first book was a more sentimental reflection on how he reached the heady heights of fame and success from his early beginnings, this second part goes into what those kind of heights can do to a man. He is open, honest, touching, laugh-out-loud amusing and a fantastic writer.

I haven't been in to autobiographies before but this had made me not only a new fan of the genre but also a born-again Chris Evans fan and a new listener of his Radio 2 breakfast show.

I loved every minute of it and couldn't put it down - really recommend it!
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76 of 82 people found the following review helpful
Chris Evan's, like him or loathe him, is a genius. Here we have the second half of his autobiography following on from last year's part one. This picks up at the point he bought Virgin Radio and takes us through to the present day.

It is refreshingly honest and very interesting, although told in light and easy to read chapters. It is incredible what the guy has done, part by luck and part by judgement and it is a calmer and moderate Chris Evans that takes us back through his most difficult years. He shares lots of amazing tales (I loved him in the South of France having dinner with Bono and then being invited to drink the best wine in the world by Andrew Lloyd-Webber) with his descent into the darker side of his personality and behaviour. Yep you do roll your eyes about how many times he had everything you could wish for and then chucked it away, but a flawed genius is still a genius and you do root for him when he finally gets it all together and turn into today's Chris Evans.

I was a listener at the time of the Virgin changes so it was interesting to see it from the other side although sorry to see the way he was forced to get rid of the old team through Boardroom politics. It has to be said that I don't tend to listen to his R2 show now, I actually think he has gone a bit middle of the road and lost the edge he once had - perhaps his new re-invention of himself has slightly taken the edge off, but it is nice to see a tortured soul settled down and coming to terms with himself.

This is a very interesting read that works on a number of levels - recommended.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2011
I've been a far of Chris Evans since the very first episode of the Big Breakfast, only wavering when his ego span out of control and by his own admission he pretty much lost the plot. The first volume of his autobiography, "It's Not What You Think", was a hugely enjoyable read and this book picks up where the last finished at the time of his acquisition of Vigin Radio. Personally I felt this second volume fell short of the high standards of the first. It was more interesting to hear of his growing up and developing career than it has been to read of his fall from grace and subsequent climb back up the ladder.

For me the repeated self depracation and chastisement became dull as were the lengthy tales of Ferrari adulation and acquisition. There are a few pages dedicated to the oppulance of his former Surrey home which go into so much detail as to the granduer of it all that it sounds vain and boastful, which I'm sure weren't the intention as Chris appears very much a changed man, but were nonetheless excessive.

Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad book. It gives an insight into the world of celebrity, it's honest, it's easy to read and there are far worse autobiographies out there. Equally though there are far better reads which why I'm scoring this an average 3/5.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 2010
I flew through this highly entertaining book - as I grew up watching and listening to Chris Evans I could relate to a lot of his experiences but he's written them in a very entertaining way - hence 5 stars
Jonathan Hirst
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2010
An excellent and honest review of his escapades over the past 10 years. I really couldn't put this down. I remember listening to him on Virgin Breakfast, and missed him once he left. Then he took over Drivetime on Radio2, it took awhile for me to adapt to his style, then he mastered the Breakfast Show, this book has just encapsulated his life. It is honest, gutsy, and you scratch your head at the opportunities and the lifestyle he has lived - a gifted individual, even thought somewhat off the wall!!
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2010
A fascinating, honest and entertaining insight. Not just to the world of Chris Evans, but also the world of media, business and above all people.

I was going to keep this book for a holiday read in a couple of weeks but having a sneaky peep just a couple of days ago meant (sorry about the cliché) I just couldn't put it down.

I know if I were to start to write about each and every part I'd end up writing a thousand word review. And I'm certain I wouldn't be able to resist sharing some spoilers about selling and buying outrageous houses and cars, blowing deals, screwing up opportunities, coming back, find love, losing it, finding it, losing friends, buying friends, getting another chance... etc, etc So I'm going to summarise Memoirs of a Fruitcake in one sentence.

This is the best autobiography I have ever read.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 2010
After reading the first instalment of the Chirs Evans autobiography last summer whilst on holiday in Las Vegas, I was excited about no 2 coming out to continue his fantastic life story. I pre ordered it and when it arrived during the kids mid term holiday, I sat for the whole afternoon and evening and devoured it. In some way I wish I hadn't read it so fast so I still had it to read, but I loved every page.

I was not a huge fan of chris in his hey day but seeing him on the Jonathan Ross show last year promoting the first book, I thought it sounded interested. I was not wrong. what an interesting man and what a roller coster of a life he has lead.

I found the whole Sachsgate story facinating especially as I never for a moment considered it would affect Evans. His romance with Billie Piper was tender and much more eyeopening than I first thought. Just a great read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 March 2011
I really enjoyed Chris' first book 'Its Not What You Think' which I found very entertaining - this isn't. The whole book should have been condensed into a few chapters and tagged on to the end of the first book. This one felt too long and rather dull. Most of the early chapters seemed to end with a hint of something interesting to come i.e 'but there was worse to come' but the eventual tale never quite lived up to expectations.

Most of the stories involve other famous names but they are not nearly as interesting as the tales in his first book of normal everyday people! I did enjoy the couple of chapters about his marriage to Billie Piper (call me old fashioned though, but if they really did love each other as much as he claims I'm sure their marriage could have survived different work schedules...but maybe thats just me).

Read the first, give this one a miss.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2010
After downloading the sample, which I enjoyed, I thought I'd stump-up for the full edition. I wasn't disappointed. One of my favourite memoirs ever. Almost shockingly honest at his own failings but ready to accept his talents with a suitable degree of humility. Fascinating insight in to the life of a very wealthy, successful and famous person without the coy whitewash usually displayed when dealing with such things.

Some very interesting words of advice, backed up with interesting details of what lead him to learn this advice. Nothing like learning from other people's mistakes so some of them may be worth the purchase price alone! I did think that the final chapter was a little self-indulgent but not overly so. The rest of the book had me hooked and I finished it in two days (with my boredom threshold, that's saying something!).

I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 January 2012
I am a big fan of Chris Evans both on TV and radio so was delighted to receive this book as a Christmas present,however I was quite disappointed by it. I felt that it was dull and didn't reflect Chris's personality at all.The chapter surrounding the break-up of his marriage to Billy Piper sounded rather unbelievable, considering how much they loved one another.I thought they could have worked through the minor inconveniences given that they would be apart for a matter of months and were wealthy enough to be able to travel easily. Most of all I hated the boastful way he went on about ostentatious purchases then said how happy the simple life made him.Sorry Chris,I shall stick to listening to you on the radio in future.....don't write another book if it's going to be like this one.
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