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Autobiographies

Yes it’s Thursday again which means that of course it is Booking Through Thursday day, what would I do if Booking Through Thursday didn’t exist? Anyway the question this week was all about celebrity autobiographies. Asking us “do you read celebrity memoirs? Which ones have you read or do you want to read? Which nonexistent celebrity memoirs would you like to see?”

I had a real phase in around 2000 – 2002 of reading any celebrity memoirs that I could get my hands on from the Spice Girls as they dished the dirt to TV stars in general I definitely had a real interest in all things fame based but that was in my early twenties. Were any of them good or life changing, in honestly no not really and so I stopped buying them. My family however didn’t and until about two Christmases ago I was still receiving at least three or four autobiographies of current celebs from varying family members. I have to admit (and sorry if they are reading) generally I haven’t read any of them and they are collecting dust in a TBR pile under the stairs, its shameful. I think I overdosed on them at the time.

However not long before last Christmas (autobiographies always make me think of Christmas now which is weird) I found I had accumulated four because people who were famous but I actually wanted to read about their pasts and their family history’s rather than any beans they had to spill released books. I admit I have still not read two of them but they are definitely creeping up the TBR pile. The ones I haven’t read yet are ‘Just Me’ by the actress Sheila Hancock (because I haven’t read her first one ‘The Two Of Us’ and things need to be read in order) the other is the comedienne Julie Walters (who I think is wonderful) ‘That’s Another Story’. The ones I did read were Alan Carr’s ‘Look Who It Is’ and possibly my favourite autobiographical read yet ‘Dear Fatty’ by Dawn French which is just superb both funny and sad but most importantly real. Yes the odd celeb she has met pops up but there isn’t any dirt dishing and actually the book stops before she becomes very famous. I honestly loved it.

What autobiographies would I like to read? At the moment I have to say I can’t think of a famous person I would like to read all about. I have, just yesterday, picked up a copy of an autobiography of one of my all time favourite writers but more on that tomorrow, isn’t it weird I was planning to do a blog on something similar in a day, small world. I would actually, thinking about it, really like to read Obama’s book, but that seems a little bit ‘on trend’ and jumping on the bandwagon, but I bet they are incredibly interesting. I guess I will have to keep thinking about that one, it’s a puzzle. What about all of you?

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Look Who It Is – Alan Carr

Now of course coming up to Christmas this is the big season for the autobiography and everyone seems to suddenly release one. Now I am not the biggest fan of autobiographies (even though I get them by the shed load for Christmas) in fact the last one I bought was one of the Spice Girls but lets mover swiftly on as that was about ten years ago. Alan Carr’s was in a lovely pile from Harper Collins that they deliciously sent out to me.

I think Alan Carr is hilarious, I gather he is a bit like marmite in the fact that some people love him and some people hate him. I did wonder what an autobiography of his would entail as he isn’t old. I knew it would be funny, and I was proved right on that. I haven’t laughed out loud on a tube so much reading a book ever, the looks I was getting were something special. He is incredibly funny. I promise you there will be much mirth reading this book. “Puberty had been unkind. Whereas it had come in the night and left the other boys with chiselled, stubbly chins and deep masculine voices, I’d been left with a huge pair of knockers and the voice of a pensioner.”

In terms of him not having enough to write about I was proven completely wrong. He starts from his younger days when his father was in charge of the football clubs with his son being the least football interested child and how that felt, travels around the world after university to doing data entry for Mr Dog. There is a lot of heart in this book and what I find interesting is Alan Carr’s self doubt that he could make people laugh and that for him until a few years ago comedy was something he never even dreamed of doing as he didn’t think he could. He of course tells you all this with such comic timing and writing that you are giggling all the way through. My particular favourite stories involved him and cats or dogs they seemed to make me laugh endlessly but I think it’s the way that he writes it.

There is definitely the possibility of a second autobiography as this book finishes pretty much at the start of his joining The Friday Night Project so you don’t get to hear what the celebrities he has met are like which come Heat Magazine fans might have loved to see. What you do get is a delightful insight to a boy growing up in Norwich, dealing with slight confusion of who he is and what he is all about and going on to drama school and eventually the comedy circuit with all the highs and lows along the way. I recommend this to anyone who like a laugh and if you are an Alan Carr fan this is unmissable. 4.5/5

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