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From the heart, funny and shattering
on 14 February 2012
Like many people, the film Back to the Future brought Michael J. Fox into my life and ever since I've kinda been a fan. I'd like to add here that I dislike autobiographies with `the passion'; of the ten or so I've felt compelled to read, I've always found them mind bogglingly dull. The factual candour irritates me so much that I call them `Alan books', named after Steve Coogan's brilliant alter-ego Alan Partridge. In Partridge's autobiography `Bouncing Back' Alan would seemingly always end a passage with the phrase "....needless to say I had the last laugh." I find this so true of the autos that I've read that I always promise myself "NEVER AGAIN WILL MY EYES FALL UPON AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY!" Sorry to digress there.
So there I am wondering what to read next, when my brother hands me MJF's autobiography; when I came around some ten minutes later, I said to my brother "what are you doing with a book?" "I thought you might want this; I thought it would be an interesting read." Well it certainly was folks, but it was also quite shocking. You discover a great deal about Michael's big break in TV and film, his disastrous first encounter with his future wife, how he was snubbed by Cher, his taste for Mousehead beer and of course his battle with PD.
Michael wasn't a rich kid, with well connected parents in Hollywood's casting corridors; instead you'll find something that's quite the opposite. The book is not dreary, it's quite educational and a real eye opener into what PD has done to enrich this great actor. I recommend this book for two reasons: how the human spirit can overcome adversity and what it means to have people around you in times of great anxiety. Speaking from personal experience I can completely relate to both.
A lot of autobiography's will be a waste of your time, but this one will leave you richer and wiser.