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Product details

  • Paperback: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (10 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007891024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007324514
  • ASIN: 0007324510
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

‘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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Format: Hardcover
This is the funniest autobiography i've ever read. Bored of the same old, run of the mill celebrity drivel, i was hoping Frankie would deliver something different - which he has. Hilarious, rude and offensive, Frankie tells it like it is (even though we might not dare to say it). I bought this book this morning and read it in one sitting it's that entertaining. Just a word of advice - don't read it while eating or drinking. I exploded with laughter, covering my partner in a fine spray of beer. Enjoy.
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By Steven Brown TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I read 2 pages of the introduction when I saw it in a bookshop, and was laughing so much that I bought it there and then.

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.
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By Alison TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Oct. 2009
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I'm a fan of Frankie, both his stand-up and his panel-show stuff such as Mock the Week. I really enjoyed his book and there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments with his unique crude and cutting humour. He's so cruel (his description of Boris Johnson late into the book is a good example!) and yet so funny.

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.
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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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Format: Hardcover
There are many parts of this book that will have you creased up with laughter - some brilliant observational humour, stunning one liners and brilliant logic side-steps. It's worth buying the book on this basis alone. However, I think Frankie's style of humour might have been better suited to writing about a tour, in the way Dara O'Briain has just done, rather than about his life. The reason for this is that, brilliant though Frankie may be at what he does, his story is just not that amazing or original. In fact, the story of his toughish background, heavy drinking, drug taking and destructiveness are not any more spectacular or original than many others in the entertainment or music business. So, buy the book for the scathing shotgun humour, but be prepared to put up some ordinary stuff as well.
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If you don't know who Frankie Boyle is, you might find the title of this autobiography offensive. If you do know who he is, then you will realise that the title is likely to be one of the milder profanities you might encounter within the covers - and you'd be absolutely right! Frankie is a Glaswegian comedian renowned for pushing the limits of the acceptable until they fall over the edge into the nether-regions below, a place where many fear to go and find jaw-droppingly shocking.

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...!
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