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Anyone who follows my reviews will know that I only give 5 stars sparingly, because I think it demeans the currency if every mortal thing gets 5 stars. Having said that, I would willingly give this book 6 stars if that was an option. It is, quite simply, brilliant! Searingly honest, painfully so at times, it is not for the squeamish or easily affronted. This story charts the simple and happy life of Michael Pennington in his childhood through to his time in a seminary, at which point it all rather goes off the rails and the path to Johnny Vegas begins. I suppose the reason that I enjoyed this book so much is that aspects of it strike a faint echo in my own life. Morbid hypochondria in my teenage years - check, need for copious amounts of alcohol to be funny - check, lack of success with the opposite sex due to early bad experiences - check, check and double check! There were times when I found his accounts so painful that I had to walk away from the book for a while. On the other hand, there were many laugh-out-loud moments (and I don't have too many of those these days) - the magazine behind the bath panel being a particular example. Whether you're a fan of Mr. Vegas, or not, I would strongly urge you to read this book. You'll be a better person for it.
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If, like me, you thought that Michael Pennington aka Johnny Vegas, was one of those loud, drunken abusive Northerners albeit with an eloquent turn of phrase, then read this book. I was inspired to buy this book after watching a TV programme several years ago where he traipsed across the USA asking various clerics some rather pertinent religious questions whilst learning that JV actually studied for the priesthood! The book covers his early years up his breakthrough at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival and, as you will expect, is incredibly funny amongst the more sombre tones of the book. It is very perceptive of human nature in general and, by the end of the book, the reader can almost understand the whys and wherefores relating to the persona of Johnny.
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.....
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Fascinating and at times painfully honest autobiographical account of Michael Pennington/Jonny Vegas' emergence from a tough but loving working class childhood into the comic/entertainer he went on to become. At a personal level I found the earlier years he describes in the book, not least his early introduction into the ways of the Catholic priesthood, to be the most interesting but the whole book is well written and very original. Slightly frustrating that it finished when it did, especially as some of the more important dedications are made to people who have only subsequently arrived in Mr. P's life.
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As an occasional fan of Johnny Vegas, this book was interesting.
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.
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A riveting read told in an original way. The development of the Vegas character within the psyche of the author is not only fascinating but funny and thought provoking in equal measure. Fully recommend this book.
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A bit disappointed in this book. I found it quite hard work- some bits made me burst out laughing but others I just thought"Oh, get on with it" and, if I'm honest, the fact he sees Vegas as a separate entity I found slightly unsettling.
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Excellent book and really funny in places. I loved it
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Really struggling to get in to this book . It seems to jump from one thing to another
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