- Audio CD
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (1 Sept. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 184032824X
- ISBN-13: 978-1840328240
- Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 14.3 x 1.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 122 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 823,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
So Me Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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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 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)
A frank, funny and sometimes tortured autobiography (Andrew Billen, The Times)
Frank and funny (Mirror)
Honest and entertaining ... he uses his quick wit and humour to amuse the reader from start to finish (The Sun)
A jaunty romp with oodles of humour (Hot Stars (OK)) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
However I felt like I was reading the first part of an Autobiography and then it ended.
Graham came to the UK, tried Drama school, Travelled, came back, fell into stand up, got lucky, had his own show on Channel 4, got successful etc.
But then it ends. He left Channel 4 after his 5 nights a week show and joined the BBC. He has yet to start at the BBC.
What I mean is lots of famous people, Musicians/actors have a period where their fame is crazy, (Bros, Spice Girls, Demi Moore, Ben Elton etc), then there are the wilderness years and then some fight back and come back.
Graham it feels like has just maybe reached the end of the first phase.
So the book feels 10 years to early.
But it's an easy fun read, but I expect the full read in about another 5-8 years.
This book certainly gives you information you probably never knew before,some of that told in a very funny style,but some of it i didn't really need to know,such as sexual conquests.
We all know GRAHAM can be crude and he doesn't shy away from that side here,there are lots of stories about his past that will make you smile or laugh out loud,told in the style you would expect.
He is very much how you'd expect him to be,whilst making it clear he's as human as you or i. Dealing with early fame and wealth as best he could is not shrugged off,he is brutally honest about it.
there are moments in the book where it's quite clear he was struggling to remember interesting things to write about,but he tries,sometimes hitting the bullseye. It's not a pefect book by any means,but it's enough info on his past to please most readers of it,even if some would like more about his childhood,which he really doesn't go into much,perhaps he didn't think it interesting enough.
I enjoyed reading the book very much and if you're reading this review,you are clearly tempted,well it's a great book,so why not?
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.
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