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Small Man in a Book Hardcover – 13 Oct 2011

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph; First Edition edition (13 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718158091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718158095
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.4 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Endearing . . . one of those Midas comedians who can make something funny just by looking at it' --Guardian

`Brydon guides us wittily through his early years. He's excellent at describing the nitty-gritty of being on stage' --Independent on Sunday Independent on Sunday The Times

`Fast becoming a national treasure . . . one of the season's more engaging memoirs' --Independent on Sunday

`An entertaining memoir covering Brydon's early years of professional struggle' Word
--Word

About the Author

Rob Brydon is the award winning star of many critically acclaimed comedy series, from the darkly funny Human Remains and immensely popular Gavin and Stacey to his recent outing alongside Steve Coogan in Michael Winterbottom's The Trip, as well as host of Would I Lie to You? and The Rob Brydon Show. Rob has five children and lives in London.


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As a fellow South Walian, I've been a fan of Rob Brydon's for many years. I knew he had a good story to tell, and this doesn't let you down.

Splendidly self-deprecating throughout, Rob writes as he speaks. He keeps up a running commentary on his own narrative throughout which is so exactly him. Very few celebrity writers manage this trick of keeping their own voice- Paul O'Grady is a notable exception. Rob's book is right up there with Paul's and really deserves to do as well.
This also means that the book will no doubt make a wonderful audiobook, if Rob has the time to do it.

The early chapters are also a tribute to the strong, loving support Rob received from his family. Although Rob grew up in a time of recession and his family was affected by this, his parents did their damndest to shield him from worry. Rob had a very indulged childhood - and in one infinitely sad little paragraph, of an event when he was six, he gives an indication why. Normally children who are spoiled aren't very appealing but Rob clearly was.

Like so many others in his field, the one place he shone at school was on stage, and he plays tribute to the teachers who made it so. Wales has a gift for producing inspirational teachers who have produced inspirational actors. Rob, Michael Sheen, Sir Antony Hopkins and Sir Richard Burton have all come from a tiny area, geographically. All had mentors who made them so.

Much of Rob's recall of his student days is probably helped by the fact that he was teetotal. Most celebrity autobiographies contain periods when the writer was too busy going out and having a good time to recall much - not Rob's.

Rob's gradual rise as a voice-over artist and frustrated actor-comedian is wonderfully described...
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Has to rate as one of the most hilarious books I've ever read, up there with Dunthorne's 'Submarine' - clearly, there's something very funny in the water in Swansea. I rarely laugh out loud, but this had me giggling away and smiling manically through the miserable morning commute and a book I really looked forward to getting back to every day. An absolute pleasure from cover to cover - and I can't wait for the audio version with the clips from his early days. Rob Brydon comes across as honest, good-natured, loveable and, of course, incredibly funny. I'm not normally a fan of autobiography, but I can't praise this highly enough: it's endearing, entertaining and highly enjoyable, I've recommended it to almost everyone I've spoken to this week and I would encourage anyone looking for something to brighten up their day as the cold weather kicks in to give this a go. I've genuinely loved every minute of it.
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Rob Brydon is a Welsh actor/comedian. The first 25% of this book is mainly taken up by the description of RB's activities as a child and then as a schoolboy in Wales (I did mention that he was Welsh didn't I?) much like any other boy in the UK.
He then proceeds to relate his endeavours to get into various stage schools, and going into tedious detail about doing voice-overs and obscure radio and TV programmes in Wales - he is Welsh as he constantly reminds the reader - and the West Country. He also made appearances on Sky TV at weekends, when not many people had Sky.
RB also reveals that he was an admirer of Jimmy Savile. It should be said that this was before Savile was revealed as the monster that he was. Will this unfortunate praise be expunged from a reprint, I wonder?
The last half of the book is boring, being full of trivial detail, probably of interest only to RB devotees - who else wants to know how RB filled in his time between voice-over appointments by wandering through the floors of HMV in Oxford Street.
I am a fan of Rob Brydon, but the book stops short of his Gavin & Stacey period and his innovative programmes with Steve Coogan. I coulden't get to the end soon enough.
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I'm a massive fan of all of the things Rob Brydon has been in, probably the Trip and Human Remains most of all, so I knew this would be a funny book. I hadn't anticipated that it would make me laugh as much as it did though - nor that it would be as well written as it is. You can totally hear his voice coming off the pages, and there are parts of it which will really stick with me - lots of very well told funny stories. The photo sections are hilarious and it's really entertaining to read about some of the things he did before making it famous - the bits about his voicever work are comedy gold. You don't expect someone in 'showbiz' to be so candid about the grit and hard work of getting in to it... Loved it and would wholeheartedly recommend it...
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Loosely translated as "I wet myself"...

Extremely funny and honet writing from a surprisingly-smart chap. Certainly easy to see how he has such an excellent repartee with Steve Coogan.

Particulary enjoyed hearing about his somewhat-humble beginnings as 3rd villager in the Richard Gere romp, "First Knight"...not sure I'll be wanting to see that after his performance though! Rather temted to buy the enhanced audiobook, having seen what the content entails, but I think that might make me a full-blown obsessive...
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