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Look Back in Hunger by [Brand, Jo]
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3.8 out of 5 stars 132 customer reviews

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'Jo Brand is undoubtedly one of the best female comics in Britain and her rise to fame has been monumental... Jo's story is honest and very funny'--The Sun

'Jo Brand’s Look Back in Hunger is one of the very best. This is mainly down to the fact that Jo has had a genuinely fascinating life (from psychiatric nurse to one of the country’s most loved stand-ups) and her style is engaging, candid and amusing, even when she’s talking about some pretty grim stuff. *****--Heat

'Larger-than-life, coarse but often very funny, the comedienne has produced a biography very much in her own image… provides lots of belly-laughs and, surprisingly, plenty of food for thought'--Telegraph

'As odd things always happen around Jo--ghosts materialise, coat hangers fly out of the wardrobe, pet tortoises attempt suicide--it was a short step for her to decide to train as a psychiatric nurse… her world-weary soothing baritone was to be her fortune; she’s rightful heir to the comic mantle of Beryl Reid, Joan Sims and Hattie Jacques. Though chunky, what’s largest about Jo is her heart, her humanity. I love her.'--Daily Express

'She comes across as robust, wise, amiable and pragmatic. Brand resists self-pity… her humane, sardonic intelligence shines through'--Daily Mail

'A terrific, uplifting read. South London-born Brand’s laconic voice shines through--indeed, you can hear her laid-back delivery in every sentence. The biggest thing about Brand is her heart and her generosity of spirit. She’s engagingly light-hearted and excellent company'--Scotsman

'A romp through Jo’s formative years… Her dry wit shines through.'--Now

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With hilarious, engaging, razor-sharp wit and a gift for anecdote, Jo reveals the experiences and incidents in her life that gave rise to her huge success as a comedian


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 894 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Review (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002VK2EKG
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 132 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,642 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
I am a big fan of Jo Brand and couldn't wait to read this. Having bought it yesterday I have to say that I wasn't disappointed - it is totally brilliant. I didn't know much about Jo's upbringing and her personal life before I read this, but it's all here and I can't believe what an interesting life she's led. From her teenage rebellion, to her first love who led her astray, to her 10 years as a psychiatric nurse to the abuse she got when she started out as a stand up comic - there is nothing this woman hasn't been through! What I loved in particular is the way that she can talk about all this personal stuff in detail without ever sounding like she's feeling sorry for herself or losing her comic touch - parts of book made me double up with laughter. Anyone who likes Jo Brand should buy this - it's a fantastic insight into a brilliant comic.
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Format: Hardcover
There are so many celebrity autobiographies around these days I was wary of buying one, but I really like Jo Brand so I thought I'd take a punt on this. Well, I bought it yesterday and I've already finished it cos I couldn't put it down. This makes such a refreshing change from a lot of the other celeb books out there. Why? Well, for the first thing she wrote it herself - it wasn't ghost written - and that really comes across. The book is warm, funny, sad, shocking and uplifting - like spending a few hours chatting in the pub with someone who's really interesting and funny. I won't spoil it, but there's a bit where she's playing hide-and-seek with some co-workers that made me laugh so loudly I nearly cried. I am so pleased that Jo Brand has written such a good autobiography. I loved it.
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Ok folks, this book is good, it's fine, it's an enjoyable read and it made me laugh out loud in places (not that I bought it hoping for or expecting that, but it was a bonus). BUT - it left me feeling as though I'd had the first course of a meal and then been ushered out of the restaurant before I'd even sniffed the entree, never mind looked hopefully towards the dessert trolley. I wanted MORE! I just can't shake the feeling that she didn't really want to write this book, because it is so superficial. I believe she is a private person, and fair enough for that - but as this is an autobiography I had hoped for a deeper insight into the mind of a very talented woman. It seemed to me that all the defenses were still up and there was little really shared. A shame, and ultimately unsatisfying...Jo, you're so much more succulent than this!
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I bought this to read for my holiday next week and my only disappointment is that it's so good I've already finished it - but that's okay because I'm going to read it again. And again. Fantastic.
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i like jo brand wich is why i bought her book, alas it is 90% based on her non performing years, indeed most of it is about her very dull childhood.
this new genre of biography is a rip off of the very worst kind, it is entirely designed to make you beleive that you are buying a book on the life of the person, sadly however what you get is the early years, the mid years and finally you may get the last years, no doubt some really clever publishing companies marketing department thinks this is a good idea, lets get them to buy 3 books instead of 1, that way we will make 3 times the money!

jo brand and the others [you know who you are] should be ashamed, a biography should be just that, the full life of that person, if you want to make it more than one book, then update the original, tell the reader its the early years, or even say "so far" hopefully more readers will start to complain about this increasingly outrageous rip off of the buying public.

i for one will not buy her next book or bother to watch anything in the future that she is involved in.

BE WARNED THIS IS A REALLY RUBBISH BOOK. DO NOT BUY IT.
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Its a shame this book was published in its present state - it shouold have been handed back to Jo with three quarters of the boring, uninsightful and tedious parts removed, and she should have been encouraged to write about how things affected her.

All we seemed to get were boring lists of "events" and people with no insight into their importance or effect. She left home at 17, but it was just mentioned rather than any thought given to it, then she went back home, then moved out again. All momentous things, but she is obviously too private to let us in to how she really felt about it. Fair enough - be private, but then don't write an autobiography!!! - Money a bit short is it????
Psychiatric care does not come out too well, and as others have written, attitudes are quite rigid and harsh. Made me squirm in parts.
There was so little interpretation, thought,or insight. Also, her weight was hardly mentioned, occasionally she would say she wasn't too heavy at the time, but I have no idea when she became heavy, how she felt about it, even whether or not she ever went on a diet, which is extraordinary. If she had said that she was fat, didn't mind, didn't care, get over it, that would have been fine. But I felt that this was as much as she could give - a paltry list of events, a boring childhood, a bit of a stormy adolescence, various "seshes". The editors or whoever makes decisions, should have said if thats all there is, scrap it, its not worth the paper.
Felt I had been sold a pup to be honest.
Shame on everyone involved, and I say that with a heavy heart, cos I do generally like Jo Brand - now, not so much.
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