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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
`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.
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.
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.
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?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Less a pure autobiography more a stand up gig intertwined with stories from Frankie's formative years.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Cracking read (unlike his other book).... Crude, rude, funny, heartfelt.... have read a lot of comedians biog's recently and this one did not disappoint.Published 8 months ago by FullyAwesomeLegend
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 12 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 13 months ago by Katey
Hilarious, and what you'd expect from a book written about himself by Frankie Boyle.Published 13 months ago by Kayleigh Marie Edwards