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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849830568
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849830560
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Simon Day is the funniest person I know, and he thinks so too' --Paul Whitehouse

'Astonishingly frank... Pulling no punches and endlessly self-deprecating, this autobiogaphy is refreshingly honest and brutally funny' --News of the World

'Hilarious, heartfelt and hair-raisingly honest' --Charlie Higson

'Compelling... Day has a good story to tell and he's good at telling it' --Evening Standard

Simon s quite quirky. There times when I d wonder why he was behaving in a certain way, so it was like being given an instruction manual. It was refreshing to read such an honest account of how a career in showbiz can have a dark side; how it can go wrong and how you can better yourself. We ve known each other for years but I know him a lot better now. That s how all autobiographies should be. --John Thomson, 60 Second Interview, Metro

About the Author

Simon Day began his career as a stand up comic, winning the Time Out New Act of the Year Award in 1991. He worked extensively with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer before rising to prominence in the hit TV comedy The Fast Show, and as well as making many television and film appearances he has toured extensively performing as his comic characters. He is bald and does not turn down hot food.


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An enthralling, hair-raising, tragicomic read from beginning to end. Heart on sleeve chronicle of 70s youthful misadventure and unconscious character research leading to his ultimate Fast Show triumphs, overcoming his demons and getting the girl. It throbs with truth, authenticity and indomitable spirit. And of course bloody funny. Can I have the film rights please...
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Wow! Simon's story will blow you away. He's had one hell of a life - homelessness, prison, addiction, drugs. This book is dark, bleak and hilarious in equal measure. The writing is superb - colourful and clever and I was moved to tears on several occaisons. This is a compelling, eye-opening and moving story and not just for Fast Show fans.
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I didn't understand how this sort of book based on a mid-division celebrity's life could get virtually all 5 star reviews, unless they were all from friends and family. But as Simon Day makes clear, he falls out with friends very easily and he's always had difficult relationships with family members. Having read the book I now understand, and he gets the full 5 stars from me too. The author also makes it clear early on that he's hampered by dyslexia and attention deficit disorder, and was never over-burdened by education, so it's no surprise that the writing style is basic, but what a page-turning tale he tells. There's no shortage of self awareness, chopped-up and laid out in lines for the reader to inhale, and for someone so ill at ease in his own skin (physically and mentally) it seems inevitable now that he eventually made a career out of creating alter-egos for himself in the name of comedy. For a life-story founded on addiction and obsessive behaviour, Day's autobiography turns out to be, well, compulsive reading, particularly once he takes us into the familiar territory of Tommy Cockles, Vic & Bob and the Fast Show gang. The only disappointment for me, was that in the Kindle version, because of the very long index, the story effectively ends at the 80% mark just when you're hooked and desperate for a hit of at least another 20%. The epilogue covering redemption via marriage and fatherhood is a mere encore, and before you know it, Simon Day "has left the building" with the reader calling for more.
I wouldn't want to share a flat with him, or even be in the same round as him at the pub, but he's a cracking companion for the 200 or so pages of this book.
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One of the best auttobiographies I've ever read. It's an extremely interesting story and one that bursts all the bubbles of how you perceive the world of celebrity. Simon doesn't even start talking about the career that we're all aware of until the book is two-thirds through, but the back-story, outlining his addictive personality, his experiences of homelessness, borstal, inability to hold down any kind of job or have a purpose, is at once both enthralling and tragic. It's told in a manner that doesn't glamourise his more 'colourful' days, nor give any sense of regret or bitterness; and is always funny. Some real laugh-out-loud moments, my favourite being the one about the owner of a cafe in South London whose brother had just died.

And then when it gets to the Tommy Cockles/Fast Show era, it becomes apparent that for a long time the only thing that's changed is the money. The tales of lonely holidays, the inability to kick the drugs, the lack of purpose, the squalor, completely at odds with how I imagined his life to have been at the time. And all the while told in a way that's as engaging as the man's performances. It's a superb book, one that seems to have slipped under the radar slightly. Absolutely recommend you get this.
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i bought this book after seeing simon day on a TV interview, i didnt really know much about him but found him very interesting to listen to, i was not disapointed by his book. it was so honest and straight talking about his addictions and criminal life and i couldnt put it down, read the whole book within a few days! felt disapointed when i got to the end!
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I don't typically write reviews, and I'm usually a bit of a book snob. However having just finished this book, I don't see how I could avoid telling people how sensational it is.

This sounds like exaggeration, but it's one of those stories which can be genuinely life-changing for the reader. (actually, that DOES sound like exaggeration, but I think it's true, nonetheless) Although I had a feeling I liked Day as a person and a comedian, I initially thought it would be about his career, which to be frank, would be a bit thinner than most autobiographies.

It's not like that at all. Day's personality is so engaging, complex, relatable, but almost childlike that it's impossible not to connect with this story. As a guy with ADHD and a highly addictive personality, his life has been one of extremes - not least due to addictions to fruit machines; weed; alcohol; cocaine; and crack. The content is extremely funny and well written, but most of all seems to be exceptionally honest. All of his vulnerabilities and weaknesses are discussed in a chatty, extremely readable way.

He has a great turn of phrase, and amazingly down-to-earth analysis of his own stupidity. I've read a lot of biographies. I don't think I've read anybody as insightful and funny as Simon Day.
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