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My Shit Life So Far Hardcover – 1 Oct 2009

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 291 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007324499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007324491
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘If you like Harry Potter and the Da Vinci Code, why are you even looking at this, you retard?’
Jimmy Carr

‘If you are suffocating in cosy Christmas cheer, this abrasively cynical, relentlessly misanthropic book might feel like a welcome faceful of ice-cold water straight out of the Clyde.’
The Sunday Times

‘Quite triumphantly, this is the most abusive, obscene, insulting memoir yet published…Many, many funny lines here. A difficult book to read sedately in public.’
The Evening Standard

‘He has a shocking, acid-tongued wit and his sharp observations make this one of the funniest autobiographies I’ve read.’
The Sun

‘an original mix of confession and stand-up monologue … it’s rather gratifying that it’s outselling most of the books by more famous figures.’
The Guardian

‘a refreshing antidote to the usual feelgood books by TV stars.’
The Independent

‘My Shit Life So Far, showcases that cruel and unusual comedy that's become Frankie’s trademark, and should probably be enjoyed far away from hot liquids… bizarre, intelligent and abusively hilarious.’
**** The List

‘frequently funny.’
Heat

‘biting wit.’
Independent on Sunday

‘Fans of Boyle's dark style will hope this book provides laughs-a-plenty and an antidote to the play-it-safe, sickly sweet autobiographies of other so-called celebrities. They will not be disappointed.’
Dave TV

‘Only read this book in public if you have no qualms about blowing coffee through your nose in spurts of guilty laughter … Punchier than a cage fighter, with more disclosures than an episode of Parky … Addictive and expertly brutal.’
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About the Author

Francis Martin Patrick 'Frankie' Boyle was born in Glasgow in 1972. Most recognised for this regular spot on BBC 2's Mock the Week, Frankie's cruel but perfectly constructed gags on politicians, celebrities and society as a whole have cemented his name in the world of comedy. 'John Prescott is so fat, that he can't put a tie and belt on without turning into sausages.' Nice.

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If you like Frankie you will enjoy the book but if you aren't a fan don't bother it will just wind you up
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Biographies of comedians seem to me like scuttled ships; they sink to the very depths. In the case of Frankie Boyles' `My XXXX Life So Far', the book not only sinks to the depths of acceptable humour, but also to the depths of despair - for a bunch of funny folk, comedy workers have to be the most depressing people around.

`My Life' is set up like any other regular biography and charts Boyle's childhood through to his success on `Mock the Week'. Released in 2009 it does not continue to follow him as he left the show and started to undermine his own TV career with ill fated comedy vehicles, but you can witness the genesis of this collapse. As mentioned, I have read a few biographies written by comedians and most of them come across as sulky, sex crazed and unlikable - Boyle is added to this list, but at least he is funny with it. The book is at its best when mimicking his bolshy stand up style, many of the one liners are straight from his routine. His actual life is pretty bland and not much really happens, apart from drugs and drink. It is on these binges that Boyle claims to have had some of his best comedy ideas. However, the surreal humour of these moments falls flat.

Boyle spends the entire book seemingly wanting to release himself of the trappings of success; his natural home appears to be the fringes. He would rather alienate the entire population and stay true to himself. This comes through in the book as he aggressively berates the reader on more than one occasion. This is said with some tongue in cheek, but in reality I believe he probably doesn't like most people. `My XXXX Life So Far' is worth reading for the outrageous one liners that pepper the text, but as a straight biography is a little dull and quite depressing.
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The first thing to be pointed out is that this is not really an autobiography. He does mention things about his early life - and he mentions the drug taking......regularly - but not in any depth, and certainly not to the extent that would qualify this book as being classified as a true autobiography. But to be honest, he's too young to write one; he hasn't been around long enough; and, as he alludes to in the book, do we really care about his childhood or what subjects he took at school? Not really; at this stage you read a Frankie Boyle book to have a laugh and to get a dose of the wit that made him essential viewing on Mock the Week.......and any other shows he appeared on.
I have to say that I actually agree with the people who only gave the book one star - I don't agree with the rating but I agree with some of the comments. Yes, the book does appear rushed; yes, it is not a true autobiography; yes, certain parts of the book are padded out with old material he wrote with other people which did not get published and which was not all that funny - a lot of it is unrecognisable as Frankie Boyle material. However, as a Frankie Boyle fan I have to say that the book is pretty much what I expected. I wasn't expecting to be hit by a philosophical treatise and I wasn't expecting a perfectly written book. But I was expecting to laugh - and he achieved this. It kept me amused and there were a few occasions of uncontrollable laughter being elicited. So if your'e a Frankie Boyle fan I think you will enjoy the book. It isn't the best and he could have done better, but you will be entertained.
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By Straightforward TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Feb. 2011
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Life was Tough for Frankie - quite literally, as he was raised in a basement by Janet and Ian Tough (otherwise known as The Krankies). Upstairs, in the posh part of the house, his twin brothers The Proclaimers would be practicing their yelling while he lay in the dark trying to work out how to play the bagpipes.

He never showed any musical talent, and eventually his parents made him the dancing mascot for his brothers' group - a Scottish Bez, way ahead of his time, you might say. Years of lolloping around in front of them as they toured the local crumbling shopping centres made him the angry man we all know today; trying to get the Scots to part with loose change wasn't the easiest of jobs(unless they're at an Old Firm footie match, chucking it at the players), even for someone with Frankie's easy charm and way with words.

He reveals very little about his present life, but his boyfriend and three chihuahuas are central to his existence - he seems to have got over his awful childhood experiences and to have made a life of his own as a panel show guest, and a talking head on compilation shows. Good for you, Frankie.
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I asked for this item for Christmas, thinking that it'd be a riproaring comedy from start to finish. Perhaps my expectations were too high?

To say it's an autobiography, we learn very little of Frankie's life growing up in Scotland. He seems to lurch suddenly from being a child to his first comedy gigs in his early 20s with very little about his school days etc.

It's crude, but we can expect that, and the crudeness provide the most laughs.

To me, it also felt very short. I have finished it after just 2-3 hours of reading. Compared to other comedian's more substantial autobiographies such as Peter Kays, it left me feeling a bit of short changed.

Still definitely worth a read, but only if you're interested in which drugs he took! For me - we needed more excerpts from his shows to keep the comedy coming. There just weren't enough laughs, but then - who says it had to be funny?
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