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Him & Me Hardcover – 10 Oct 2013

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph; 1st edition (10 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405910909
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405910903
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Disgracefully funny and rather touching (R4 Midweek)

The rapport between them is palpable and priceless . . . crackles with their back-and-forth dynamic . . . an embarrassment of biographical riches (Daily Telegraph) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jack Whitehall is a comedian, actor and television presenter. Following his first solo show at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, he has subsequently won numerous comedy awards, most recently King of Comedy, voted for by the public at both the 2012 and 2013 British Comedy Awards. A regular guest on panel shows, including Have I Got News For You and A League of Their Own, he is currently starring in two hit TV series: Bad Education for the BBC, which he also wrote, and the award-winning Channel 4 series Fresh Meat in which he plays JP. Jack's new national arena tour Jack Whitehall Gets Around played to sell-out audiences across the country and will be available on DVD this Autumn.

Michael Whitehall as a theatrical agent has been involved in the careers of many eminent actors, including Colin Firth, Richard Griffiths, Angela Thorne, Michael Fassbender, Daniel Day Lewis, Nigel Havers and Judi Dench. He is also a television and theatre producer. His memoir Shark Infested Waters was published in 2007 and is currently being developed for television. He appeared with Jack at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Backchat, which was subsequently commissioned by BBC TV as a six-part series and screened in the Autumn of 2013. A second series is due for transmission in the Summer of 2014. He recently fulfilled his lifelong ambition of appearing in Dictionary Corner on Countdown.

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I am finding the 'additional comments ' so irritating and puerile that I doubt I will be able to finish the book, very disappointing.
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An new and interesting take on the autobiography taking both the perspective of the son and father. Very funny and interesting stories told from both view points. Would (and have!) recommend reading it to other people.
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I had to stop reading this book in bed last night because my laughing was driving my husband mad. Its very funny, the section on family holidays caused me to literally cry with laughter.
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Funny as !
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I bought this as an impulse buy whilst in the kindle store. So glad I did. Very readable and amusing, especially as both Mr Whitehalls do not take themselves too seriously.
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very funny book, well worth a read as Michael is actually funnier than Jack. i would very much suggest you buy this one
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Not my cup of tea, don't like the writing style and some of the views expressed.
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I really enjoyed this book. I read it on a very dull train ride and it diverted my attention totally (and made me laugh out loud).

Whitehall Pere is a witty, bluff, old buffer, aware of and playing up to his bufferdom. Jack is a witty, precocious, young pre buffer, seemingly aware of and playing up to impending bufferdom. It is clear from the book the Whitehalls are a close and loving family. In the book they share all their funniest family lore with us. One suspects that these tales are somewhat exaggerated for our the reader's benefit: if so who cares.

I would compare it to "My family and Other Animals". "Him and Me" is very much in the same vein as the classic Gerald Durrell work. The Whitehall family is shown through rose coloured comedy glasses as Durrell portrays his family. However, the Whitehall opus is neither quite as funny or as carefully crafted as Durrell's work. It also lacks the seriousness of Durrell's most famous book in that there is nothing to compare to his beautiful descriptions of wildlife. The crafting problems are probably caused by the awkwardness of the chosen style which allows each Whitehall a chapter in turn with each annotating the other's chapters. This style choice is quite fun but a little clunky to read.

Overall a lovely, light hearted and diverting read which will make you laugh but not achingly so. The perfect travel companion: give it a go !
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