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Why Do I Say These Things? by [Ross, Jonathan]
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3.8 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

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'Snap it up, pwonto.' -- London Lite

'Splendidly entertaining.' -- Bournemouth Daily Echo

`Irreverent and witty...hilarious...He explores everything - from diets to sweetshops and sex to pets, with his customary lasciviousness and self-deprecatory humour.' -- Living Edge

`It's impossible to deny he's the most entertaining interviewer.' -- Times Educational Supplement

`Laugh-out-loud...Enjoy gleefully politically incorrect posturing and plain old-fashioned entertainment.' -- The Resident

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'Hilarious anecdotes aplenty.'

`It's impossible to deny he's the most entertaining interviewer.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1398 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0593060822
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (20 Nov. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0038LB3WW
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #87,206 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Somewhere in the preamble to this book Jonathan Ross refers to having recorded his thoughts on tape for transcription by his editors. This makes sense because the whole book reads like a series of disconnected whimsical rambles of the kind he frequently indulges in on his Radio 2 show. Whereas these come across as warm and spontaneous on the radio, in print they just seem lazy and poorly edited (and there are no records to break it up and provide a change in pace).

There is no story here to speak of, no real insights, no names named... just a lot of anecdotes largely concerning what it is like to be famous and rich with a few children and lots of pets - with a few anecdotes about what it was like to grow up a geeky kid in a large, working class household - running for buses and being shy with girls - thrown in for good measure. A few of them are funny, and I laughed out loud once or twice, but those few moments don't justify the padding around them.

I bought this book because for some reason I have some warmth and affection for Jonathan Ross. It has achieved the remarkable feat of making him LESS likeable, to me anyway - he comes across as a man whose extraordinary good fortune, and actual fortune, have disconnected him from the real world.

Apart from anything else such a lazy and self-indulgent ramble is a bit of an insult to the readers, an attempt to grab a bit more money in the runup to christmas by a man who has little need of it. Perhaps JR is a bit too used to being able to rely on spontaneous charm to substitute for actual effort. It might work in a spontaneous medium like radio or TV but not in a book.
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By Nick Brett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Jun. 2009
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Well, you wouldn't be thinking of buying this unless you like Jonathon Ross, so I shall assume you do. I do as well, he is a quick witted guy that does push the boundaries while using his charm and confidence to take the edge off you realising just how close to the edge he has gone. Occasionally he will make a mistake, such as with the Russell Brand affair, and stupid though that was, if you skirt near the knuckle, then sometimes you will go too far.

This book is more a collection of random thoughts, although there is a little about his background and growing up, less of an autobiographical slant, more positioning his story. I think he is trying to capitalise on his off-piste ramblings that you might hear on his radio show, and while it is entertaining enough, it does not have the sharp wit and spontaneity of being live. His stories vary from the fight against head lice to his early dabble as a punk, all gently amusing stuff that will bring a smile to yourself, but not enough to make you laugh out loud.

Ross comes over as a very nice and genuine guy who knows he is lucky but does not seem to have let it go to his head. The written word is perhaps not the best vehicle to enjoy his talents, but this is still easy to read and entertaining enough. Not bad but no stunning laugh a minute classic.
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I have always liked JR's edgy humour but this is all a bit like trying to eat chocolate coated dough, Each anecdote starts off quite tasty but then kind of becomes a bit like hard work.He seems a nice laddish guy fffing about this and pooing about that but there is no real content to get to grips with, It feels like he did it just because everyone else was doing it. Each little revelation comes with its own disclaimer or hazy amnesia /get out clause. I am about half way through it might get better but not sure i can stick with it much longer!
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I was hoping to get an insight into Jonathan's career and how he has become so successful while having a few laughs along the way. This book is just a collection of bland anecdotes about everyday life. You don't really learn anything about him.
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I bought this book out of sheer curiosity, having been an one-off fan of Jonathan Ross for his entire television career. I expected the book to relate to the title, in memoir or autobiography style. although the book is a memoir, I can't claim to necessarily be any the wiser as to exactly why Ross does say these things.

Despite that, this book is both hugely enjoyable and memorable, as Ross guides the reader through a labyrinth of anecdotal delights and catastrophes. Laugh-out-loud moments and phrases litter the book, and it's impossible not to share some of his hilarious escapades in conversation. To pick out highlights would deprive potential readers of the joy of the journey of discovery.

Buy it - I very much doubt that you will regret it, irrespective of whether or not you are a fan of Jonathan Ross.
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Funny to the point I laughed out loud on a recent flight, Thanks Jonathan, I felt like a prize plumb! Well written and has engaged me all the way through and love his tenderness about his wife and family an overall hit for me.
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Jonathan makes it clear that this book is not an autobiography although at times it seems like an attempt to be one. Contains some slightly amusing sections but compared to the vast majority of other biographical books such as Danny Baker, Lee Evans, Lee Mack etc...it fails miserably. If you feel that Jonathan Ross is a shallow talentless individual then this book will serve to strenthen that view.I found myself having to skip through a lot of sections as they seemed to have no point - were not interesting, entertaining or funny.
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