- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: W&N (19 Nov. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 178022608X
- ISBN-13: 978-1780226088
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (368 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Going Off Alarming: The Autobiography: Vol 2 Paperback – 19 Nov 2015
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From presenting cheeky trivia on teatime telly to a disastrous panto sting, he's like a living poster of Kipling's If, happily talking over both Triumph and Disaster. ...his own talents, at least as a memoirist, are closer to that other driven south Londoner Spike Milligan. (Steve Jelbert INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)
Going Off Alarming is quite simply the funniest book you'll read all year. Seriously.
...Like its predecessor, the book is a hoot from soup to nuts, easily as funny, as self-deprecating and as worldly-wise as The Moon's A Balloon by David Niven. If you have been unlucky in life, and have spent the bulk of it without coming into contact with him or his work, then this book is a wonderful introduction. What's it like? Well, it's like Tom and Jerry written by a Cockney Roddy Doyle on Prozac. But funnier.
..great company and a brilliant raconteur. (Viv Groskop THE OBSERVER)
Volume two of Baker's autobiography rattles along at the same delightful and dizzying pace as its predecessor. ..Baker loves a tale told at his own expense and they come thick and fast. He writes like he speaks, with hyperactive garrulity and a rhetorical flourish. ..there is something about Baker in full flow that is affirming. Book three will doubtless be out for next Christmas but, when it comes to the Pangloss of Deptford, you are happy to forgive him the indulgence. (Duncan White DAILY TELEGRAPH)
For comic value, go for Danny Baker's latest memoir. The funniest book Dylan Jones has read all year. (Olivia Cole GQ)
It's the strength of the anecdotes, and welcome digressions from the narrative, that make the book such a delight. (CHOICE MAGAZINE)
Any autobiography that opens with the author being shot in the buttocks demands your complete attention. This book made me howl with laughter (Lorraine Kelly HERALD SCOTLAND)
The dazzlingly funny second volume of Danny Baker's memoirs: the television years.See all Product Description
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Where the first volume had many tales familiar to his listeners (although fleshed out), this book introduces new stories, including much material from the magnificently profane Baker clan as well as the accidental flourishing of his media career. It also sees the arrival in his life of Chris Evans and, in an excerpt from a previous publication, the apotheosis (and an attempted explanation) of the phenomenon that was Gazza in the Nineties.
The downside: readers will rattle through this book, love it, re-read it, regale friends with obscure and arcane facts, repeat some of the jokes... then have to twiddle thumbs while waiting for Vol.3. Get working, Dan!
I had thought that the first part of his autobiography, Going to Sea in a Sieve, would be hard to beat, but for my money he has improved on it with Going off Alarming. This is a hugely enjoyable book which reminded me, when reading it, of being sat in a cosy pub with a friend who really knows how to tell a good story. Whilst it is primarily a showbiz autobiography Baker has given equal emphasis to his life away from the public eye and it is probably these sections that I liked the most. His father Spud, for example, emerges as being a Cockney geezer that would probably have seemed too implausible if he had been a character in Eastenders, and Danny's dog Twizzle was clearly a bit of a head-case, seemingly harbouring a death wish judging from his numerous attempts to face up to the fierce junkyard dog that lived at the other side of the Baker garden fence.Read more ›
The problem is that Baker fills the book with anecdotes that have little or no relevance to his career - or indeed interest to the reader. Where most people could tell a story in a couple of paragraphs, Baker takes up pages and pages to tell them - and to be honest, most of these anecdotes are just plain boring. You find yourself having to skip several pages before you read something that is of interest. Don't get me wrong, there is some interesting stuff here, but you have to plough through the waffle to get to them. If you took out the padding, the book would be half the size.
At the end of the book, you find out why he's added so many irrelevant stories. Its summed up in the last 3 words - 'To be continued' Its clear he's got a 3 book deal! Good for him, but for the rest of us, we've been short-changed.
Not as funny as the first book but that was simply genius. Had me laughing at him and with him throughout. Found myself willing him to succeed in every chapter. Also couldn't help recounting passages of his escapades to friends..... Read this book, BUT read going to sea in a sieve first....love it!
Have this four stars, but his first book deserves 10 stars out of five!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I 'lost' Danny Baker a number of years ago and was delighted to have found him again. We both come from the same area of South London and it was a real trip down memory lane. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Mrs. J. B. Carthew
Another funny one from Danny.
Not quite as absorbing as the first but good stuff nonetheless.
A little like listening to him on the radio, ramble ramble then killer punch... Read more
As you would expect Danny Baker calls a spade a spade and the world is so much better for it. It really is good to have an autobiography that is so full of life's ups and downs... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alan G.
Enjoyable second volume of the Danny 'I didn't kill Bob Marley' Baker story, drags a little here and there but mostly v humourous - I'll get volume 3 , the first book is highly... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Catticus Finch
a great read very funny reminds me of my own life in londonPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Ok I suppose but not as good as his first part of his autobiographies "Going to Sea in a Sieve". Waiting on part 3 at the moment.Published 1 month ago by MR Paul Dobbs