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Under The Microscope: My Life by [Spikey, Dave]
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There are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments in Dave Spikey's autobiography... but there are also moments that make you stop and think (Bolton News)

Award-winning comedian Dave Spikey's hilarious autobiography tells tales of his childhood, his career in haematology and the time his rescue goats ate the kitchen (Candis Magazine)

very funny... filled with touching and laugh-out-loud anecdotes... An unmissable book for Dave's fans and aficionados of comedy alike (Beyond Travel Magazine)

About the Author

Dave Spikey lives in Chorley, Lancashire. A stand-up comic, he regularly conducts sell-out tours across the UK. He co-created, wrote and starred in Phoenix Nights, was a team captain on 8 Out of 10 Cats, and was named as one of the 100 Greatest Stand-Ups by Channel 4.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2456 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O' Mara Books (22 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843173867
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843173861
  • ASIN: B0049MPPZA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #300,671 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By DJSB VINE VOICE on 18 Nov. 2010
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We all know Dave Spikey is a funny man. Emerging from the Lancastrian comedy scene which also bore Peter Kay, Neil Fitzmaurice (by way of Liverpool) and their peers as he did, his work on Phoenix Nights will stand the test of comedic time and demonstrates what a fine writer and comedian Mr Spikey is and shall be remembered as well after last orders has been called.

Throughout this book Dave's down to earthism, northern wit and upbringing leap from every page. But what also jumps out at the reader is what Dave Spikey doesn't tell us. Things like the supposed and alleged long running rift between Spikey, Fiztmaurice and the ubiquitous Peter Kay about a lack of Phoenix Nights credit, and the dark areas of Spikey's life, after his divorce, are skirted around, alluded to, but no more than that. To expose some more detail about this sort of stuff, especially the alleged Peter Kay situation, would have elevated this book into a must read for anyone interested in what goes on behind closed comedy doors.

As it is though, and probably to Spikey's credit as a man, the dirt is left firmly undished and as a result towards the end of the book at least, the tale turns thinner and more into a collection of clichés and anecdotes, all of which simply enforce the "Decent Dave" stereotype that Mr Spikey finds himself with.

All in all then, this is an enjoyable read with the chapters dealing with Spikey's northern upbringing, and time working at a hospital, bringing an especially warm belly chuckle that'll see most readers through many a cold winter's night, especially those from the North too. Just don't expect scandal, gossip or to learn anything other than Dave is a very decent, very funny, very talented man.
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By Peter Lee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Nov. 2010
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A confession: Aside from his role in "Phoenix Nights" I've never seen Dave Spikey performing his stand-up act, nor have I seen any of his TV roles apart from his occasional appearances on panel and chat shows. After reading this book however I aim to change all of this.

It's a very light, easy, entertaining read which I finished in four evenings tucked up in bed. The beginning is a little bizarre as Dave starts off in a past life, but then it moves through his life in a rather episodic but chronological fashion. Each chapter seems to focus on a particular incident or time in his life, so we get a chapter on "Phoenix Nights", a chapter on his support of animal charities, a chapter about his brother and so on, and it does make things a tiny bit fractured at times - particularly towards the end of the book where it appears Dave ran out of "life story" to tell and it all becomes a little bit "and another thing..." for the last forty or so pages - but it's all enjoyable. As with all autobiographies by comedians there is probably a lot of comedic embellishment here, scenes and lines added purely to make a joke, but it's all done in such an amiable way I didn't mind.

Personally I found the first half or so of the book a tiny bit more enjoyable than the second. This section chronicles Dave's childhood (being a Northern lad myself I loved his reminiscences and found myself nodding in recognition many, many times) and his time working as a phlebotomist for the NHS, which was actually fascinating.
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This book is a delightful read and an antidote to some other celebrity biographies in that there is no sob-story with a hardship upbringing, beatings and addictions. Dave Spikey obviously had a wonderful childhood and rates his father as his hero.
In fact, the delight of both the book and the person is his grounded nature. He worked for the NHS in the Haematology Laboratory as a Biomedical Scientist (hence the title) for 32 years before packing in the day job as late as 2001 to both co-write and co-star in one of the best comedies in history - "Phoenix Nights" with Neil Fitzmaurice and, of course, Peter Kay.

Dave takes us through his upbringing which was as normal as most people, with a loving family and getting into the usual scrapes that boys do.

At 16 he is forced to abandon the thought of a career in medicine after his father, a painter and decorator, has an accident and is therefore obliged to be the bread-winner in the family and embarks on an ONC course that will eventually lead to becoming Chief Biomedical Scientist in the Haematology Department at Royal Bolton Hospital. The anecdotes of life in the lab are hilarious and he talks about starting a second career in comedy, firstly as a double act and later solo whilst still doing 30+ hour shifts in the lab. He even took annual leave to present the TV show "Chain Letters"! Imagine looking down a microscope by day and meeting the likes of Paul McCartney and The Queen by night (ok, he'd packed in the labs when he met these two but you get the gist!).

Dave appears totally star-struck, as you'd expect from someone that had lived a "normal" life and obviously still pinches himself to believe that this really has happened to him.
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