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Yes it's stylised, but that's no bad thing,
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This review is from: Confessions of a Conjuror (Paperback)
I held off reading this for a long time, I'm a fan of Derren Brown and didn't want the disappointing experience of a poor biography from someone I like (a pale shade of discovering someone you admire is a bore), so having read the reviews I waited. Curiosity overcame me in the end though and I'm very glad it did. Yes the structure is unusual and yes there are a lot of footnotes (though I thought these were a rather charming conceit - I'm a sucker for a good footnote) - but after a chapter or so I easily got into the swing of it. And very good it was then indeed, a truly personal autobiography - very honest, very funny and not at all mawkish - what more do you want? Some reviews have criticised Derren's vocabulary - rather rude, surely you can describe your own life in whichever words you chose, but I think they rather miss the point, there's some fairly tongue in cheek pedantry about the odd word, but nothing out of the ordinary. Others have criticised the opening chapters as being full of self loathing and made it sound like this is an indulgence - I honestly don't think there's an unusual amount here, don't we all feel like idiots when placed in difficult and public situations? I'll finish with the highest praise I think you can give a piece of autobiography - as soon as I finished it, I ordered Tricks of the Mind because I didn't want to let go of Derren's authorial voice so quickly.