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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan (10 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552775258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552775250
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A brilliant book. So funny. It's my bible" (Paul O’Grady Paul O'Grady Show)

"This is just as funny and grumpy as the great man himself, which is probably because he actually wrote it" (Heat)

"Painfully funny and moving" (Mail on Sunday)

"Deadpan humour at its most brilliant" (Woman & Home)

"Lots of great jokes" (John O'Farrell Daily Mirror)

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Comedian Jack Dee's hilarious account of how he became quite such a miserable git and a stand up comedian.

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By Friarofdoom TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Oct. 2009
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This review is for the unabridged CD read by the author. This is always going to be a love it or hate it series of views. If you really don't like Dee and his style of grumpy reflection then this is going to do nothing to change your mind.
If however you are someone born in the 60's who has grown fed up with the worrying and frankly downright annoying mess we call life then step right up your ride is here.
Dee delivers an endless tirade on everything from the tedium of sport to the modern man and his ladylike pampering to his own childhood fantasies. In truth he tells very little of his own personal history as he always ends up wandering off on a tangent about some subject or other that gets his goat. Thats not to say he has no personal stories worth sharing. There are some great personal tales, such as the cringe worthy assault launched on an innocent hotel toilet or his hapless one and only attempt at employing a personal trainer, but he is really using this as a chance to rage against the world and life in general.
The endless tirade would soon descend into dull and repetitive were it not for his potty imagination, the fact that so much of what he says is just so true and that he has a disarming ability for honesty that shows him warts and all but makes this all the better for it.
The different stories move along at enough of a pace to keep you interested but linger long enough to give some insight and depth.
This was never going to be the in-depth self analysis of Clive James autobiographies or the show biz revelations that are so popular nowadays. This does however have a certain charm and as the chapters go by it becomes very easy to settle in to this and go for 'just one more chapter'.
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I wasn't really sure what to expect. I love Jack's observational humor, but the book? I chose the audiobook over the paperback wondering who would better deliver the story than the master of stand-up himself? And it sure was the right choice. If you looking just for more Jack's humor - forget it. If you are interested how it all happened, what shaped him... Get ready for a surprise. A big one too. It's just excellent. And the worst bit for me - I want more! Can't see that happening though, since it would mean he'd have to have another life to cover. Too bad. Anyway, it was money well spent. Don't hesitate! Grab it as soon as you can.
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This is one autobiography that tries to be different, and it succeeds perfectly. Jack has shied away from the usual, "I was born, I went to school, this is what happened to Me." type of life story that so many famous people write and that usually make me lose interest after a couple of dozen pages or so. Sure, he does talk about that, but it is done in a way that makes you want to keep reading. Stories about his past are mixed with anecdotes of the modern day things and people who annoy him the most. There are some great laugh aloud moments and some stories you will want to read out to friends. Also the ending is not rushed and has been left open for an updated version or sequel, which I for one am looking forward to already.
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I've always liked Jack Dee and went to see his 'Live at the Apollo' show in Derby some years ago. Loved it. When I saw this book I couldn't wait to read it and really enjoyed it. As always, his brand of humour didn't disappoint and it was interesting to find out how he'd got to become a comedian. I'm not sure if he's written anything else yet but hope he does cos I can't wait to read it!
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By GG on 10 Aug. 2015
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A frank and interesting autobiography, well written and very readable. You don't need to be a fan or even know who this man, of obvious intelligence, wit and modesty, is to enjoy this book. Mr Dee has obviously lived a lot and something to say, not like most of the autobiographical rubbish that is wasting paper and self space out there. Hope he writes more soon.
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I'm a great fan of Jack Dee his dry grumpy delivery and his television comedy Lead Balloon was a well written series.
So I had great hopes for this book, I thought along the lines of Peter Kaye.
Unfortunately I found this book heavy going and found it a bit of a chore to read.
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The funniest book I have read recently , though I do read some really miserable books about economics and politics usually. A light hearted read about his rise to fame and he is much funnier on the way up than when he reaches the top. Had me laughing out loud a number of times.
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We’ve all done crap jobs, but we can’t all write about them amusingly. Jack Dee can. He gives us the glib, sneery TV persona we’re all used to, but we also get an honest depth of feeling juxtaposed with this. He tells us the funny versions of how he feels or behaved and then he tells the actual versions which are sometimes surprising. You want him to succeed at comedy and he does so it’s a feel good book in a sense. There are also some first class grizzles and gripes, as you would expect. However, this isn’t the grumpiest autobiography I’ve read, that would be Morrissey’s.
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