My Shit Life so Far Paperback – 10 Jun 2010
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‘If you like Harry Potter and the Da Vinci Code, why are you even looking at this, you retard?’
‘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.’
‘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.’
‘a refreshing antidote to the usual feelgood books by TV stars.’
‘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
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.’
‘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.’
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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Top Customer Reviews
If you're a fan of his stand-up or Mock the Week, you'll definitely enjoy this - it's written in exactly the same style - crude, cutting, and very very funny.
In summary, a hilarious alternative to standard, boring celebrity biographies.
I did enjoy it but it is a 4/5 for me for a few reasons: The book is confusing in parts, it's mainly chronologically written but he doesn't often include information about the dates of events or the age he was when things happened - this can make things confusing. He is obsessed with a part of his anatomy and not an insignificant amount of the book is devoted to the things he has done to it and with it! He has spent a lot of time with drink and drugs - which explains two of the weirdest parts of the book that describe comedy he wrote when stoned and made no sense to me at all! I also think that Frankie has been very guarded about who he is now; when it gets to near-present day it feels like he doesn't want you to know what his life is like although you get a few glimpses.
However, I did really enjoy it, I laughed a lot, and if you like Frankie you'll enjoy his book.
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.
However, being different from the usual crop of current comedians does set him aside, and often above them for ingenuity and putting a genuinely funny and unexpected slant on people, situations and sometimes bizarre extrapolations. He appears to inhabit a personal vacuum that isolates him from the taboos and expectations of society at large, but there is often stark truth in his pronouncements. Sometimes, however sacred the topic, speaking your mind and making fun of the often artificial niceties and conventions works well.
I was surprised (though in retrospect, perhaps not) to read of the heavy reliance on drugs that seems to permeate the book and his work - and his leisure time too, although how much is to be believed is probably simply another part of Frankie's joke persona. I found this to be an immensely enjoyable read, extremely funny at times, and a constant desire to see what might shock me next.
If you are easily offended, then step away from the book now...!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First time sampling Frankie in print,it shows to me that he still a master of his craft in any media,if hes not leaving you open mouthed or offending you while laughing out loud... Read morePublished 2 months ago by David W
I find Frankie Boyle a bizarre mix of absolutely nailing it with insight and humour (especially politically) and lesser gags shoe horned in to the narrative. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Katey
Hilarious, and what you'd expect from a book written about himself by Frankie Boyle.Published 3 months ago by Kayleigh Marie Edwards
not too bad. funny in places but too much use of the c~ word i thought it unnessasary. but the rest take with a pinch of salt .!!!Published 12 months ago by Peter Morgan