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Look Back in Hunger by [Brand, Jo]
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3.8 out of 5 stars 135 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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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 135 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,559 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A very interesting book about a very funny - and mischievious - lady indeed. All in all a very good read.
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By since 1998 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Aug. 2014
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A good read. Not hard going...a light read
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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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Format: Paperback
I love Jo Brand. She's down-to-earth, feisty, and always calls a spade a spade. Happily, unlike the autobiographies of some comics who come across completely differently on the page (Dawn French, I'm looking at you) this book abounds with Brand's deadpan humour and mischievous slant on life.

This is a simple, linear narrative, beginning with her childhood and sweet memories of growing up with two brothers, before moving on to the terrible teens when she became a bit of a wild child, breaking away from family life and heartily embracing the counterculture of the time. Moving from house to house, job to job, Brand has lived in all kinds of different places, and worked as a carer for physically and mentally disabled people before training as a psychiatric nurse. Finally, after several years working her way up the ranks at a psychiatric hospital, she at last branched out into her dream career - stand-up comedy.

What I really like about this book as an autobiography is the real every-woman feeling pervading the pages. It's the same style that draws women to her comedy, I think. She doesn't try to lay down every detail of her life, or go into gushing detail about people we don't know (Dawn French, that's you again) but instead picks out the memorable moments over the years, the things that have stuck with her - the kinds of moments we all remember ourselves. Blissful summer days as a child, amazing music gigs, injuries, near misses, bad behaviour, defining moments in her nursing career, the first time she went on stage to perform... She's also very candid about her less-than-wholesome but entirely ordinary experiences with drugs and alcohol, gently pointing out the negative consequences but never judging.
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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
I requested this for Christmas, I quite like to listen to Jo Brand on TV quiz shows and she can be very funny but I was disappointed with the book. It started off ok but I became bored with it. There were moments in between the boredom that were funny and interesting when she made a comment about how she feels about certain aspects of the NHS or about men or whatever but these are few and far between. Most of the book seems to be about how she got drunk in different places. I read it through to the end hoping it would get better but it didn't.
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By SilentSinger VINE VOICE on 10 Mar. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Jo Brand's a bit of a national institution/treasure these days but I've been a fan of hers since her 'Through the Cakehole' series which dates back to the early 1990s, hence why I thought I'd give her autobiography a whirl. Jo certainly writes well: her prose filters through the page and you can hear her 'voice' whilst reading, however despite this I did find the chapters detailing her childhood rather too long winded and more than a little bit boring. She also chronicles her 'difficult' teenage years which seemed to consist of dressing strangely, getting drunk and doing various 'crazy' things. The chapters which cover her nursing training and career path are infinitely more interesting, as are her sensible and down to earth views about the state of mental health provison in the country.

It seemed rather odd to end this book with her flegeling comedy career hardly getting off the ground! I can understand why celebrities do this but it's a bit annoying all the same. Also, couldn't she have included a little more about her relationship with the late, great Malcolm Hardee whom she bizarrely calls 'Graham'? Juxtaposed with Arthur Smith's excellent memoir this book doesn't really compare, which is a bit of shame really.
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