Memoirs of a Fruitcake Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Praise for It’s Not What You Think:
‘An eye-opening read’, OK Magazine
‘It is as an autobiographer that Chris Evans finally seems to have grown up’, The Observer
‘Full to the brim with fantastic anecdotes’, Heat
‘A critic confounding mea culpa of a memoir’, The Guardian
‘The guy can spin a yarn as long as the M1 and as colourful as his hair’, Now Magazine
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Memoirs of a Fruitcake is The Sunday Times 2010 Celebrity Book of the Year. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
It is refreshingly honest and very interesting, although told in light and easy to read chapters. It is incredible what the guy has done, part by luck and part by judgement and it is a calmer and moderate Chris Evans that takes us back through his most difficult years. He shares lots of amazing tales (I loved him in the South of France having dinner with Bono and then being invited to drink the best wine in the world by Andrew Lloyd-Webber) with his descent into the darker side of his personality and behaviour. Yep you do roll your eyes about how many times he had everything you could wish for and then chucked it away, but a flawed genius is still a genius and you do root for him when he finally gets it all together and turn into today's Chris Evans.
I was a listener at the time of the Virgin changes so it was interesting to see it from the other side although sorry to see the way he was forced to get rid of the old team through Boardroom politics. It has to be said that I don't tend to listen to his R2 show now, I actually think he has gone a bit middle of the road and lost the edge he once had - perhaps his new re-invention of himself has slightly taken the edge off, but it is nice to see a tortured soul settled down and coming to terms with himself.
This is a very interesting read that works on a number of levels - recommended.
I haven't been in to autobiographies before but this had made me not only a new fan of the genre but also a born-again Chris Evans fan and a new listener of his Radio 2 breakfast show.
I loved every minute of it and couldn't put it down - really recommend it!
For me the repeated self depracation and chastisement became dull as were the lengthy tales of Ferrari adulation and acquisition. There are a few pages dedicated to the oppulance of his former Surrey home which go into so much detail as to the granduer of it all that it sounds vain and boastful, which I'm sure weren't the intention as Chris appears very much a changed man, but were nonetheless excessive.
Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad book. It gives an insight into the world of celebrity, it's honest, it's easy to read and there are far worse autobiographies out there. Equally though there are far better reads which why I'm scoring this an average 3/5.
I was going to keep this book for a holiday read in a couple of weeks but having a sneaky peep just a couple of days ago meant (sorry about the cliché) I just couldn't put it down.
I know if I were to start to write about each and every part I'd end up writing a thousand word review. And I'm certain I wouldn't be able to resist sharing some spoilers about selling and buying outrageous houses and cars, blowing deals, screwing up opportunities, coming back, find love, losing it, finding it, losing friends, buying friends, getting another chance... etc, etc So I'm going to summarise Memoirs of a Fruitcake in one sentence.
This is the best autobiography I have ever read.
I was not a huge fan of chris in his hey day but seeing him on the Jonathan Ross show last year promoting the first book, I thought it sounded interested. I was not wrong. what an interesting man and what a roller coster of a life he has lead.
I found the whole Sachsgate story facinating especially as I never for a moment considered it would affect Evans. His romance with Billie Piper was tender and much more eyeopening than I first thought. Just a great read!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting to hear about some of the newspaper stores from the other side and learn more about the broadcaster that is ChrisPublished 2 months ago by David T
A great follow up read,very entertaining and interesting,I shall be buying his next book,highly recommended:-)Published 2 months ago by Dan Robinson
Such an honest account of his life so far.
Bring on the midlife!
Really enjoyed all of the lists too
In his early days Chris Evans was somebody I stopped listening to on the radio. He appeared arrogant, stupid and destined for an early demise. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Thommo