So Me Paperback – 11 Apr 2005
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Like a lot of autobiographies, So Me is more interesting and insightful on the period of struggle before Graham Norton became famous than on a life which has become a constant round of professional encounters with celebrities. He is funny on his unsuccessful career as an actor and rather touching on the friendships that date back to the years he spent as a waiter. Under a surface of camp glibness, he is surprisingly evocative about the London of the 1980s--certain key locations of his life such as the restaurant where he worked or the slum high-rise where he lived are entirely present here.
He is honest about his flaws and moving about friends who taught him to be better--for example, a commune where he lived for a year in San Francisco gets a tribute. His later life--his cult success as a comedian and his discovery that what he really was is a chat-show host--is recorded with occasional insight. He is attractively unapologetic about his taste for smut; this is who he is and what he does, and we can take it or leave it.--Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A frank, funny and sometimes tortured autobiography (Andrew Billen, The Times)
Honest and entertaining ... he uses his quick wit and humour to amuse the reader from start to finish (The Sun)
Frank and funny (Mirror)
A jaunty romp with oodles of humour (Hot Stars (OK))
A hugely engaging account of his life that is written with the same breezy bravura that he exhibits on telly ... There are points in the book when I found myself laughing out loud, and others when I was unusually moved ... Celebrity memoirs are rarely as genuine or as generously candid (Herald)
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He opens 'So Me', his first auto-biography, with a request to anyone who knows his mother not to divulge the facts within his book to her, she knows what she needs to know and does not care to know the rest.
As you would expect from Norton the book is very funny, Norton's ability to laugh at himself and see the amusing side of most situations is one of the reasons he has been such a success.
However the parts that stand out in the book are the ones where he doesn't make a joke about it. The death of his friend from Aids is perhaps one of the most touching moments. He does not describe how it had made him feel or even really how it had effected him. He is still so devastated that even over ten years later he still cannot bring himself to talk about it fully.
These parts, unfortunately, are also the places where the book falls down. He does not seem ready to put all his feelings onto paper and is pushing the reader away. He tells them the facts, often honest and frank, but he cannot tell you how it all makes him feel. In a way it is refreshing, but it still leaves you feeling like you've missed something very important.
I think his stories about September 11th are most telling, where he spends the immediate aftermath at Dolly Parton's theme park - completely separated from reality. He's aware of it, but also glorying in the absurdity of his situation. A very enjoyable read.
He is witty and has a good turn of phrase. He is also not too afraid to turn the light on some of his darker moments and confess to moments where his behaviour has not always been what it should, freely admitting to certain character flaws. This honesty, particularly around his emotional life makes the reader warm to him and gives depth to what could otherwise be considered a reasonably light hearted romp through his life.
His affection and regard for his family comes across well, particularly in the chapter about his father's battle with parkinsons' and the episode where he describes scattering his ashes, and he emerges as a thoroughly likeable human being.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Rated zero, anecdotes juvenile and predictable. Content mostly boastings of an egotistical arrogant gay male who got lucky. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ms Mason
Such a funny guy ...its good to get a glimse of the real life .Published 4 months ago by Elaine Hooper
i really enjoyed this book very honest and so funny well done GrahamPublished 4 months ago by mairead harkin
I enjoyed getting to know Grantham a bit better. At times it felt I was reading a collection of anecdotes and that he was rushing through other parts not wanted to give much away. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Maripili
Graham Norton is such a likeable chap - his books are exactly the same !Published 9 months ago by Liz