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Becoming Johnny Vegas Hardcover – 26 Sep 2013
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‘…book’s fabulous, buy it!’ Paul O’Grady
‘Extraordinary. A truly unusual showbiz memoir.’ Mark Lawson, Front Row, BBC Radio 4
‘A compelling tale of self-loathing, bristling with anger and bitterness, it still manages to be very funny and hold out hope of redemption.’ Daily Telegraph
'It's funny and a bit horrifying – with, at its best in the early sections, an almost Alan Bennettish feel for bathos.' The Best Memoirs of 2013, The Guardian
‘A characteristically in-yer-face narrative of how Michael Pennington became Johnny Vegas.’ The Independent
‘Michael Pennington – his real name – proves there’s more to Mr Vegas than meets the eye in this frank memoir.’ 100 Best Books For Christmas, The Telegraph
‘Altogether unique… as elegantly constructed as the finest literary novel.’ Catholic Herald
‘Reads like a novel.’ The Guardian
‘Eloquent, witty and perceptive, a fascinating study of creative catharsis.’ Metro
‘Rare is the celebrity memoir that’s as honest, insightful, revelatory and compelling as Becoming Johnny Vegas.’ Chortle
About the Author
Comedian and TV star Johnny Vegas started life by the name of Michael Pennington and lived in St Helen's, Lancashire. Growing up he entered (and dropped out of) seminary school, trained as a potter and worked as a barman.
In 1996, Pennington made his TV debut as a contestant on Win, Lose or Draw. On air he stated that he wanted to be a comedian with the stage name ‘Johnny Vegas’. A year later, in 1997, he was nominated for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival’s prestigious Perrier Award – and the rest is history. Johnny has appeared on panel shows, one-off movies, the hugely popular TV sitcoms Benidorm and Ideal – and crowned these achievements with several non-comedic acting roles, to great critical acclaim.
Top Customer Reviews
I heard about this book on Radio 4, the interview was amazing because you have a stereotypical view of the guy. He isn't actually Johnny Vegas, this is a character that he's created, in someways to deal with what he's gone through.
As a Catholic I've read with so much interest, I knew about Upholland, Id heard the rumours, you could hear the pain in Johnny's voice when he was talking about this subject, it really struck my heart.
This IS NOT your typical, generic vacuous celebrity garbage. It's the one celebrity book where you feel that he has really lived, he has had life experiences you couldn't imagine looking at the guy now. We're not talking Katie Price & other Z Listers this really is an interesting read.
And that's why I've knocked a star off. Michael has "conversations* with Johnny which is very intriguing, but whose idea was the monstrous gothic typeface for the thoughts of the latter? It is difficult to read and spoils what is otherwise a great read. Nevertheless, this autobiography is well worth reading; just goes to show how you can't judge the book by it cover.....
I'm sure super-fans will derive more pleasure from it, but I was still impressed with the maturity and quality of the writing. Johnny is a much more nuanced individual than he appears on television, and this book is essential reading before one can make an informed opinion about the man.
can't wait for the next installment.
the writing feels easy and concise , as if these are a life's stories already honed in many hours of re-telling over drinks , but that is not a complaint , merely a recognition of his narrative talents and charm.
the missing star is because some of the more disgusting scenes still come to the surface of my mind's eye and i fear will always be with me
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Took me ages to finish this book ,but at least I wanted to finish it.
A bit too much detail. An interesting but non gripping read.
I could not put this book down once I had started to read it. A genuine story with honest laugh out loud moments.Published 20 days ago by ABBY
Very good read. Reminds me an awful lot of my child hood. I would recommend this book to anyone who grew up in St. HelensPublished 25 days ago by Kindle reader
Although non-fiction, I read biographies for the sense of escape. I am not a movie star, or a hit musician, therefore reading about these lives is almost as removed from my reality... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sam Tyler
A vivid picture of northern life painted by a potter. Does Johnny live or die ? Is Johnny caged or tamed? I look forward to vol 2 and the tales of fame and fortune.... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
really enjoyed this book. disappointed with the end though....much too soon!. hope there is a pt2 in the pipeline......" being johhny vegas " perhaps.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I could probably forgive him any of his transgressions apart from the theft. He doesn't endear himself to anyone. DisappointingPublished 2 months ago by rachel bates