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Hardy, Frightening and Brutal
on 13 June 2011
"Wow." That is the word that will fall from your lips when you finish the last page of 'Close to the Edge'.
The tome dips deep into the underbelly of Davidson's life, from his early years on the mean streets of Berlin through to his present standing as a comedy giant. Jim riffs lovingly on his (little known) Afro-Caribbean ancestry and talks at length about his Father who was a gas man. He weaves a rich tableau with his numerous foul-mouthed accounts of his thrilling adventures. Amongst other things that happened to him, Jim recalls a hazy weekend in Amsterdam with Nelson Mandella and Julian Clary and pulls no punches when discussing his lifelong addiction to gashing out bananas with his fingernails. Davidson expects to raise eyebrows with this tell all account and there is no doubt he will.