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Genre: Biography / Author: Russell Brand / Paperback / 352 Pages / Book is published 2008-07-10 by Hodder Paperbacks

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      27.05.2013 22:34

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      This book taught me not to judge prematurely.I hated him before , now I think he's great!

      I have to confess that I was not a fan of Russell Brand at all until a few years back. I thought ''who's this jumped up prat dressed in black with the crazy hair?!'' .I then watched him in his ponderland show on a friend's advice and had to admit he was pretty funny, but I still wasn't convinced. I can now honestly say that I'm a fan of his after reading this book.
      For someone who in my opinion doesn't appear particularly clever judging by his antics in the media, his vocabulary and use of it is outstanding. Yes Russell certainly has a way with words, the way he describes his upbringing in Grays, Essex and his struggles with drug addiction is impressive(I lost count the number of occasions I had to look up words in the dictionary!!). He always manages to make me laugh even when describing the most sinister of topics! I can honestly say I've never laughed out loud so much when reading words on a page!
      As I eagerly sifted through the pages I couldn't help but grow to like the guy more and more, whether it be his attention seeking behaviour or his ability to laugh at his own struggles with life, he had me glued to the page throughout, a thoroughly enjoyable funny book.

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      19.07.2011 01:13
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      This book is full of suprises, a must read in my opinion.

      You do not have to be a fan of Russell Brand to fall in love with his life story. Of course, being a fan is going to help.

      Russell often falls under negative criticism due to his past, after all he has been addicted to pretty much everything it is possible to become addict to in the past, including sex. His sense of humour is a little controversial and not everyone gets it or understands him. This book is a great way to begin to understand him and get rid of those negative connotations at the same time.

      It is clear to see after the first chapter that Russell is an intelligent and wise man who has led an interesting and colourful life. Each moment is written about beautifully and in great detail and it's lovely to see how he manages to make humour out of even the darkest of situations. I defy anyone to read this book without laughing hysterically at least once every chapter. His vast use of the English Language really does greatly improve every sentence written.

      I read this book simply because I am a fan of Russell and I was interested in his early years, I definitely maintained this interest throughout the entire book. There wasn't a single dull moment in it. But what I was surprised to find is that this is also a very inspiring book. Of course it is filled with hilarious antidotes and 'junkie' stories but it is also filled inspiring and wise words. Sentences which you find yourself quoting time after time, messages that give you hope and self belief.
      This book is a perfect example how never giving up on your dreams pays off. How fighting for what you want to achieve will get you somewhere and how it is possible to work through all those tough times which life insists on throwing at us all and still come on top with a huge smile on our faces.

      Reading this book made me realise that Russell Brand is not only a good looking and talented comedian but a general good, strong willed person. I loved this book and shall continue to read it time after time after time.

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      24.05.2011 23:07

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      An amazing book about an crazy life

      My booky wook is not for the casual reader. With the complex language and array of amazing language lined with fantastic imagery it may take some readers a while to get into Russell's style of writting. Many people will have certain expectations when reading an autobiography, thinking it will be a simple easy read. However Russell takes us through every stage in his life going into in depth detail and enabling us to see exactly how he wants us to.

      As well as getting so many laughs out of the many crazy stories of Russells life , there are also many sad and heartwarming parts. This book is by an author who really isn't afraid to hold back. He lets the reader in fully and for people who love Russells brands comedy it is perhaps essential to read this in order to understand his comples personality.

      Some people may not enjoy having to read such complex language and difficult words which arnt usually heard in every day lanuguage, however it is important to get past this as Russells huge love of language is central to him and his book.

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      10.03.2011 00:13
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      A witty, in-depth look at the life of Russell Brand

      Having always loved Russell Brand, i quickly picked up this book way back in 2008. Having hit mainstream recognition from his marriage to Katy Perry, his book will no doubt become more popular again (Hence me writing this).

      The book gives an in depth look at the controversial comedian/presenters life and gives some information that you wouldn't get elsewhere. Not wanting to give too much away, i would say that although some of the story's Russell writes about in the book, i assume anyone reading the book will find some ways that they relate to him. Even if you dislike or don't know much about him, i'd give it a go cause you never know, you may end up becoming a fan! The book is well written (Not suprising, as Russell has a reputation as being quite an intelligent man underneath his comedic exterior) and the book doesn't have that awful "grey area" that you get with some autobiographies where the writer begins to drift into a boring subject.

      As i previously mentioned the book came out in 2008 (first published in 2007 but it became mass published in 08) so in the "book world" that makes it quite old for an autobiography, considering there's new ones every week. As a result of this, the price of the book has plummeted from the original £7.99 that it was in 2007, to around £4 on amazon, and if you don't mind it being used you can get it for about £3 on there with postage! i would so recommend buying this book, i've read it multiple times and it really answers some questions and fills you in on details about his life, including various pictures and quotes from other celebrites.

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        22.10.2010 13:07
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        A great read!

        Today I want to review the autobiographic book "My Booky Wook" by Russell Brand.


        ... so who's Russell Brand?
        I guess most of you know Russell from TV programmes - he is a british comedian originating from London who already experienced a lot of troubles in his life before even becoming famous!
        He is known for a lot of things - being quite a player with the ladies, doing amazing and captivating stand up comedy in which he sometimes freaks out to some degree or even dressing up as Bin Laden for work at MTV one day after the 9-11 events.
        Russell became internationally famous after he moderated the MTV awards in a way that had the crowd in tears of laughter and he has lately hooked up with singer Katy Perry.


        Shopper's appeal
        I can't even remember the first tme I saw Russell - but my reason for buying his book was his appealing sense of humor. He is wicked but speaks as if he is living in a daydream about Oscar Wilde and candy shops.
        So when I was in London after christmas, I looked out for his book. I simply like how melodramatic Russell can be, mixing theatre, poetry, rock'n'roll and childishness in a most pleasant way. If you want to see him in action at his best, go to Youtube.com and check him on ,,The big fat quiz of the year 2007" - I think he is at his brilliant best on this show!


        What is the book about?
        In "My Booky Wook" Russell Brand simply tells us what his life has been like, what he has been through and who has influenced him. But don't think this is a book of teenage drama and advice on how to get fampus! Russell does explain how he got famous and what he did to get where he is now, but mostly "My Booky Wook" tells us about Russell's wrong-doings and troubles - especially his constant struggle with drugs.
        Like many future drug addicts, Russell started with excessive alcohol and cannabis consumption, buit he quickly went on to inhale heroin.By doing that he constantly wasted chances to get somewhere - he was even thrown out of the famous acting and singing school "Italia Conti" although he had been lucky to get into it in first place.
        When he helped prepare a welcome-party for the first semesters with a comedy show, he ended up cutting his chest in front of the audience and thuss shocking everyone so much that he was thrown out.
        While tumbling into one accident after another, Russell still had his dream of being famous and acting in some way. Luckily, he met the right people on the way and was granted his first TV show . RE:Brand, which presented Russell in equaly revolting and funny "adventuers", doing things like exploring the gay scene or finding out what fascists in Britain really think and what makes them who they are.
        The show was only shown on a small channel not widely known, but it made Russell a little celebrity already. From then on he became involved with more famous people, better show - but also in drug escapades and hiring prostitues.
        The book is defenitely very entertaining - I could not stop reading.
        It is shocking and sometimes really revolting - but still so strangely funny!


        Russell's style of writing
        I really liked the way Russell expresses himself. He is funny, downright honest and blunt - but in a good way. At some times, I wanted to go, see him and slap him to his senses because he really has done some stupid stuff. But while Russell tells you about his ecapades, he demonstrates such an interesting way in which you can look at life that it will defenitely enrich you in some way or the other.
        Russell's writing comes across as very real. While reading I could easily imagine him sitting across the sofa and telling me all that stuff first hand. He doesn't make things sound better than they are but he does not dwell in self-pitty either. He manages to turn the most awful things into funny anecdotes.
        The book is simply fun because everything comes across as so vivid and real. Not everybody can write like this - I often give books a mist after a couple of pages because everything seems so stiff. Not with "My Booky Wook"!


        Price
        The softcover version of "My Booky Wook" is published by Hodder & Stoughton.
        You can order it at Amazon.co.uk for £4.97 right now!
        ISBN: 9780340936177


        Conclusion
        I defenitely recommend "My Booky Wook". If you mind talk about drugs and casual sex, it's not right read for you. But if you don't mind these and can actually laugh about, you will love it!
        To me, Russell Brand is the voice of my generation - he maybe 12 years older than me, but he defenitely comes across as if he knows how young adults feel right now. He manages to address the right issues, get it out the right way and still he makes us laugh.

        Five stars!

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        04.09.2010 17:15
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        Worth a Looky-Look!

        I have to be honest and say I wasn't really a fan of Russell Brand before reading this book, I thought he was crass, slightly bland and too busy putting himself about rather than working on his comedy, but having read this book I can appreciate what an articulate, intelligent guy he is and how his public persona is two fingers up to anyone who has ever messed him about, or to all the troubles he has experienced in his life.

        This is my kind of book, it doesn't dwell on the shallow showbiz side of things, it tells the story of one man's life, ok it hasn't been a long one so far but this is so much better than reading the bland tales of plastic people.

        Brand is an Essex boy through and through, West Ham to the core, he has experienced issues with family loss, alcoholism, bulimia, drug addiction and pretty much anything else you care to mention.

        Honest enough to not glamourise the bad times, the book concentrates on what caused them and how they helped make him the man he is. Brand is a natural writer, funny, eloquent and even the most self-debasing embarrassing story ends up as a triumph when you see what he is now.

        A man who has (hopefully) beaten addiction but accepts he will live with it, the book tells of scrapes in Italia Conti School for Acting, at the football, at MTV and XFM, both of them firing him for outrageous behaviour.

        Brand is also caddish and entertaining in explaining his sexuality and how so many people have doubted he is straight but he has slept with over 2000 women, he doesn't deny that much of this was addiction to make himself feel better, but that's what I like about the book, it doesn't take the easy route to make Brand look better, it is funny, honest, sad, scary and uplifting.

        Brand comes out of it as a real man, one who accepts his faults but is damned funny at the same time.

        Available on Amazon for £2.99 it will change your opinion of him if you currently aren't a big fan.

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          06.07.2010 17:05
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          OK book, but it's worth reading!

          This the first autobiography written by Britain's hottest comedian Russell Brand. autobiography was first published back in 2007 by Hodder and Stroughton written in 352.

          These 352 pages are written about the comedian's thirty years he's been alive. You can learn about the day of being an Essex boy, his life bipolar disorder which lead him to drugs, smoking, under age drinking and sex (all in his teens) Going to stage school at 16 but being expelled shortly afterwards, then auditioning for the top world drama school in the world, RADA but no place, then trying for another drama school in London named drama centre, but getting expelled in his final year due a bad reaction in his final performance (cutting himself with glass) Becoming a struggling comedian and then becoming one of the best loved comedian and how much he has done over the past decade. Sadly, it doesn't tell the story of his relationship with American pop star Katy Perry (but there is a book of it avaliable from all WH Smith stores)

          Personally, I thought the book was OK-ish, and you feel really bad after all the trouble he had been through in his teens and childhood (cause of bipolar disorder) But at times I thought it was a little depressing and some bits did then to drag on a little. So i'm giving this book three out of five stars but if you love Russell Brand - you're bound to like it!

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          14.01.2010 17:34
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          Not for those who are easily offended

          'My Booky Wook' is the autobiography by Russell Brand, British comedian, actor and presenter. Unfortunately he's probably best known for his womanizing exploits and a scandalous phone call he made to veteran actor Andrew Sachs; however he's also a stand-up comedian, has presented TV and radio shows, and is now making the transition to Hollywood actor after successfully starring in the film 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall'.

          In 'My Booky Wook' Russell remembers his early days growing up in Essex, his misdemeanors at various schools, and most prominently his battle with various addictions. His childhood is the most upbeat section of the book (although it does include its fair share of misery too) as Russell struggles to contain his ever expanding family of gerbils, and decides which member of girlband Eternal he should date.

          When he goes on to recount his drug and sex addictions, he continues to write in a very cheery way despite the gloominess of the subject matter. So while I found myself laughing (particularly when he introduced his drug dealer Gritty, to Kylie Minogue), I was also quite sad at some of the situations he got himself into, especially while he was making his obscure satellite TV show 'RE:Brand'.

          The best thing about 'My Booky Wook' is how Brand has written it in the same way that he talks; grammar all over the place, flamboyant words, and a very colourful way of describing things; "Andy Dobson was a brilliantly gifted electronic musician - a great big ginger cupboard of a man". He speaks very frankly about all aspects of his life, in particular the drugs, and describes how he felt while taking them, in a way that I've never heard before.

          The book is 352 pages long, and includes about 30 colour photographs. His writing is also interspersed with posters for his early performances, drawings, and a very touching poem he wrote about his grandmother.
          I very much enjoyed the book but it definitely won't be to everyone's tastes; there is extremely strong language throughout, and graphic descriptions of sex and drug abuse, which will undoubtedly offend a lot of people.

          Despite all of Russell's bad traits, I can't help but like him and his daft sense of humour, and I quite admire the way he has managed to turn his life around.

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            10.01.2010 16:30
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            Dont waste your time reading this!

            A waste of time!
            I read this book to fill in a few hours- you know what its like, you cast around for something to read and your eye falls on a book on the shelf and you decide to give it a go. DONT! This is absolute twoddle in my opinion! Russell Brand relies on his extensive vocabulary of long words to meander and waffle through his"story". The only problem is that there is no "story"! He obviously lives in a parallel world where he is sexually attractive to anyone with a vagina, where everyone believs his outlandish lies (I mean really- could anyone live with a mouse in his hair and consider it normal??!)
            Sorry- this is not a litary great. I know he is taking the micheal out of himself, but it comes dangerously close to self adoration at points-not an attractive quality in anyones books!
            I think he is a funny guy on TV-which is where he should stay becasue his wrting skills are non existent!

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              10.01.2010 16:21
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              Gives a facinating insight into Brand's mind

              I bought this for myself last Christmas. Its Russell Brands autobiography and its bloody brilliant. What a crazy, intense life he has had. This book is very funny, and very honest.
              I don't think its impersonal at all, its very close to the bone and he is brutally honest about himself and his mistakes. Yes it is very sexually explicit and there are many sexual and drug references, so perhaps not one to loan to your mum.
              The book follows Russell from his earliest memories through to when it was written (a couple of years ago now and well before the whole 'Andrew Sachs' fiasco).
              The book opens with him in a sex addicts clinic in America, so the tone of the book is clear from the beginning. This is clearly a man who has battled demons and has major issues. Whether you love him or loathe him, the book reads beautifully, he has a wonderful, off the wall way with language that draws you in.
              I felt that, despite the (s)exploits, there is no sense of "Oh look at me, I'm a celebrity and have lots of sex aren't I brilliant?" You come away feeling more sorry for him through these events.
              There is a very sad moment he recalls during what could have been a big break for him, and he messes it up, he knows it was all his own fault. Reading this book I come away with the feeling that Russell and I have been on a journey together.

              (This review is taken, in part, from my review on another site)

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                28.10.2009 07:51

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                A good read, I enjoyed it

                I bought this book when it was first released as I was a fan of his Radio 2 show. I very much enjoyed this book, but I like the style in which he writes/ talks. I did find it petered out towards the end, and I much prefered the earlier chapters to the latter. I am not sure if you are not a fan of Russell if you would enjoy this book, although prior to listening to his radio show I did not think I would like him. I think it is definately worth a read either way. His writing style is amusing and easy to read. One downside of this book if you do follow Russell, is that a lot of the material has been used in his radio show and his stand up routines, so it can get a bit repetative, and on several occasions I was left thinking - I know this already!

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                21.07.2009 17:19
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                10/10 - not for the young ones, but a honest and funny read for adults!

                What a book!

                Everyone knows Russell Brand can be a little "risky" at times and his book certainly didn't let me down on that front!

                Whenever I usually read a celebs biography, I leave it feeling a little despondent about the whole thing, as something always seems to be missing. There is a definate vibe of "I'll tell you as much as I WANT". Russell is such a contast!

                Personally, I believe if you are willing to write a book of your life - theres no edit button in the real thing, so why is there in writing about it?

                Russell is frank and honest about the good the bad and the damn right ugly!

                He addresses all of his failings with such lighthearted humour, that it often makes you forget the sinister nature of some of them- although he also shows an air of regret and remorse throughout, (which I think is a fabulous manner at which to approach taboo subjects he has encountered in his life.

                He has placed his well known mannerisms within his writing, so you can imagine him recalling it to you personally.

                I also loved the fact he named each chapter after an event in his life, then went onto explain the title choice.

                He did the same thing with the photographs in the book.

                In the book, Russell also shows a softer more vulnerable side to him that had never been seen before. He speaks with true passion and emotion towards his family and friends - particularly with his Grandmother. As silly as it sounds, that gave me an instant cconnection, as he felt more "human" as oppose to the loverat he is betrayed to be in the media.

                (although of course there are many conquests in the book).

                I read this book in two sittings as I just ouldn't put it down!

                To like this book, you have to be ready to laugh at some obscene situations No matter how dark or politically incorrect!

                I can't wait for My booky Wook 2!

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                  26.06.2009 16:24
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                  A great autobigraphy from a superb talent - 10/10

                  I wasn't a huge fan of Brand; he looks a bit funny, probably smells a bit funny too, and he supports West Ham. But I could tell he was a smart-one, and after a friend recommended I read his autobiography, I decided it would accompany me on holiday and help me stay glued to the sun bed.

                  First things first - after reading the book, I can't deny Brand has a talent for writing. I'd read many of his Guardian articles and enjoyed his sports column, but the application of lyrical skill to an autobiography is something quite different. Brand kills it. With Brand only being 32 years of age during the book's publication, many may question how much there really is to know about someone who, in all things entertainment, hasn't been around for too long. Fear not, as an eventful life has lead to a great book being created; and whilst a large portion of it focuses around Russell's struggles with drink, drugs and women, we are also given insight into Russell's upbringing and where he feels he's at now.

                  Russell tells us about his problems as a youngster; his complicated relationships with his parents and his grandmother, his quest to lose his virginity, and his struggles in reaching his desired goal of being loved by his audience. I don't want to list any spoilers, I WANT you to read this book, so I'll keep things completely analytical. My Booky Wook offers the reader a brief look into the events that helped mould Russell into the person, and entertainer, that he is now. We travel with Russell through Primary, Secondary and Drama school, and Brand's incredible writing skills helps us feel a very part of his story.

                  However cliché the term, My Booky Wook really is a rollercoaster, with Russell able to propel himself into the limelight, taking his first steps to where he wants to be, before shooting himself in the foot (quite a feat through those hideous fairy-boots of his). Mingling with other comedians who are at the top of their game, Brand always seems to find a way of pushing the barriers that little bit too far. But why not try it? When you know you have what it takes, and you know that someday you'll make it to the top, you might as well have some fun along the way.

                  Russell tells us of everything he has worked on up until the book's publication, which, for those who have seen the things he talks about, really is a fascinating insight into the mind of a comic creator. I found Russell's memories of RE: Brand particularly interesting. Russell tells us of his struggles with drugs, which are imaginable a struggle in any sort of life, but in the surroundings of an obscure television series, it must have been an incredible struggle to keep professional and focused on what Russell and his team had hoped to create. Youtube currently has all of Russell's work from RE: Brand available to watch, and linking the clips in with what is said in the book really gives the reader some sort of feeling as to what it was like in Russell's situation.

                  I found very little I disliked about My Booky Wook. Brand is an incredible talent; he has a talent for writing and a talent for storytelling. But those stories did start to feel rather similar after the umpteenth heroin anecdote. Nevertheless, a small blemish on what is a fantastic read in it's entirety. Many may argue that the book serves only to propel Brand's ego through a medium other than television or radio, but for me it serves as a way of trying to understand the mind of a very clever talent, who has the world at his feet. It may also have served Russell an opportunity to see himself in a different light and to reflect on what has been a very exciting life so far. No one should deny someone of that, and if it makes them a few bobby wob on the way, then props to them.

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                    05.06.2009 21:44
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                    A must read for any Russell Brand fan.

                    I first became a fan of Russell brand after seeing him on the big fat quiz of the year 2007. I then watched his live shows, ponderland and other TV presenting he did. I found his style of comedy so different to every other comedian out there and his choice of words made the simplest of situations/sentences hilarious.
                    My Booky Wook was the first autobiography i had ever read so i didn't really know what to expect from it or if i would enjoy it.
                    It turns out it was written exactly how he speaks and you find yourself imagining it coming from his voice in your head as you read it.
                    I was drawn into the fact he lead such an interesting & hurtful life and made me appreciate his success even more.
                    At times i did get bored and didn't read for a few days but i found i always went back to it.
                    Definitely a good read for any Russell Brand fan, as he put it himself 'his life is a series of embarrassing incidents strung together by telling people about those embarrassing incidents'

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                      13.04.2009 23:07
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                      The man behind the comedy dosen't dissapoint

                      Russel Brand is one of the most unique faces in comedy, and as such you would expect his book to follow in his footsteps. I was not disappointed. In his book he managed to portray his life, in his own scarily honest and quirky way. As im sure you are aware, Russel has not lived the most normal of lives's, has struggled with addictions and become famous out of nothing. And in his book he shares the times with you, all of them.
                      The majority of Russels comedy is not for the faint hearted, and neither is his book. He talks in great detail and honesty about some of the real lows in his life, including trips through rehab, and the actual drug taking it's self, which many might find too honest, too eye opening, and so this book defiantly is not for everyone.
                      Quirky one liners, sexual quips, and embarrassing moments are all what you'd expect to find in Brands comedy, and so as expected they feature highly through his book. Which features in stark contrast to the honesty about his life, and adds a really refreshing uplifting feel to the book.
                      As a huge fan of Brand's work i felt a real need to buy his book in an attempt to get closer to the individual him self, and i feel i have done that. His really personally writing style enables you to get to know and love the person he is. I love the way he is so honest, when society these days isn't so. I also loves the way he keeps his book fresh, and keeps the reader on their toes by means of story telling and adding comedy instead of letting you get downhearted. All in all i would say the book is an excellent read. I would think many people who are not a fan of Brands comedy could find themselves liking the person after this. However there are alot of fans out there who won't enjoy the book as much, as they are fans for the face and would struggle to accept the man behind the comedy.

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