Small Man in a Book Hardcover – 13 Oct 2011
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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
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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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...Read more ›
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.
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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A reasonably enjoyable read for one main reason (that which sells most celebrity biographies) - it tells the little-known and therefore intriguing back story of a famous person. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Leo Paul Simmons
The writing style is good and i did enjoy reading the book. Unfortunately, the content isn't very exciting due really to the fact that Rob's life hasn't thrown up much in the way... Read morePublished 1 month ago by RLTiow
I really enjoyed Rob Brydon's book, I could hear him on every page. I think there were particular resonances with me as I am exactly the same age as Rob and went through the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nikki Reeves
Love the way Rob writes about his life. Doesn't push the comedy, but is entertaining.Published 1 month ago by AJ
Interesting up until the last couple of chapters where too much description goes into specific programs I have not seen such as human remains.Published 2 months ago by Jelly
A fantastic book with many things I never knew. Made me smile plenty of times. If you're a fan of comedy or just autobiographies pick this book out.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A Light read which was more interesting for me as I know the area he's from and indeed some of those mentioned, others may not find it so . Read morePublished 2 months ago by sarahem
I always enjoy autobiographies when the writing makes the person's own voice jump off the page. As normal as Mr Brydon's early life was, he has plenty of tales, tall and vertically... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer