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A very enjoyable read,
This review is from: Who on Earth is Tom Baker? - An Autoiography (Paperback)
Baker has a wonderful voice - we have the abridged audiobook of this as well, and it's great to hear him tell his own life-story in that salaciously fruity voice he has - and it really shines through all the strange tales that he relates in this wonderful autobiography, in both written and audiobook form.
From wartime Liverpool, via a monastery, national service, the National Theatre and movies, to building-sites, Dr Who and beyond, his is an interesting and colourful life story. He is unabashedly candid, which is by turns hilarious and heartbreaking, and often both simultaneously.
With troubled sexual/marital relationships, and difficulties with other people in all spheres of personal and professional life, Baker tells a quite sad story, but laced with enough self-deprecating humour (something that has its roots in the doctrine of self-loathing inculcated during strict Catholic schooling) to be more than palatable, and in fact quite perversely delightful, this is a 'warts and all' cathartic-confessional.
Both this book and the audiobook are well worth having, and help remind us how even 'the stars' can be mere troubled souls on a bumpy ride through an indifferent and often cruel world, like the rest of us. I'm not a Dr Who fan as such (although my wife is, and I can enjoy a bit in her company, especially Baker's Who), but this is a story of much more than just that aspect of his life, and what a story!