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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; New Ed edition (2 Jan. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091885671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091885670
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 153 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The same sharp intelligence and self-deprecating wit that made Michael J Fox a star in the Spin City television series and Back to the Future films make Lucky Man a lot punchier than the usual up-from-illness celebrity memoir.

Yes, he begins with the first symptoms of Parkinson's disease, the incurable illness that led to his retirement from Spin City (and acting) in 2000. And yes, he assures us he is a better, happier person now than he was before he was diagnosed. In Fox's case, you actually might believe it, because he then cheerfully exposes the insecurities and self-indulgences of his pre-Parkinson's life in a manner that makes them not glamorous but wincingly ordinary and of course very funny. ("As for the question, 'Does it bother you that maybe she just wants to sleep with you because you're a celebrity?' My answer to that one was, 'Ah... nope.'")

From a Canadian, working-class background, Fox has an unusually detached perspective on the madness of mass-media fame; his description of the tabloid feeding-frenzy surrounding his 1988 wedding to Tracy Pollan, for example, manages to be both acid and matter-of-fact. He is frank but not maudlin about his drinking problem, and he refreshingly notes that getting sober did not automatically solve all his other problems. This readable, witty autobiography reminds you why it was generally a pleasure to watch Fox on screen: he's a nice guy with an edge, and you don't have to feel embarrassed about liking him. --Wendy Smith --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"An enthralling story, told with verve and dexterity" (Sunday Times)

"Don't miss this compelling and witty tale of the actor's 11 year fight with Parkinson's disease. An intelligent, poignant and funny read" (Woman's Own)

"A poignant story, well worth reading" (OK)

"Well-written and insightful ... a rare, unmissable memoir" (Heat)

"Real power … compelling reading … his book often has the intensity of a thriller" (Craig Brown Mail on Sunday)

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