Synopses & Reviews
Russell Brand learned early on to make a joke of fear and failure. From a troubled childhood in industrial Essex, England, to his descent into addictions to alcohol, drugs, and sex in the seamy underbelly of London, Brand has seen his share of both and miraculously lived to tell the tale. In My Booky Wook he leads readers on a rollicking journey through his disastrous school career, his infamous antics on MTV, and his multifarious sexual adventures. But this irreverent memoir is a story not simply of struggle but also of redemption, a testament to the difficulty of discovering what you want from life and the remarkable power of a bloody-minded determination to get it. My Booky Wook is a giddy trip through the brilliant mind of one of Britain's most valuable exports.
"A child's garden of vices, My Booky Wookis also a relentless ride with a comic mind clearly at the wheel.... The bloke can write. He rhapsodizes about heroin better than anyone since Jim Carroll.... Compelling." New York Times Book Review
"The most talented stand-up comedian to emerge in Britain this decade." Daily Telegraph <>
"A scandalous, libidinous memoir.... There is nothing [Brand] won't reveal in search of a laugh and nothing he hasn't done in search of love or experience or oblivion.... An exceptional combination of candor, ardor, and humor." Guardian
"Hilarious.... A richly detailed memoir that's peppered with both evocative descriptions of the author's homeland and memorable lines... Brand promises here another tome 'about how it feels to be famous.' To my shame, I can't wait." Entertainment Weekly
“I laughed out loud at least a dozen times. . . . To my shame, Ill admit I sort of liked My Booky Wook.” New York Times
“A childs garden of vices, My Booky Wook
is also a relentless ride with a comic mind clearly at the wheel.... The bloke can write. He rhapsodizes about heroin better than anyone since Jim Carroll. With the flick of his enviable pen, he can summarize childhood thus: ‘My very first utterance in life was not a single word, but a sentence. It was, ‘Dont do that.... Russell Brand has a compelling story." — New York Times Book Review
The gleeful and candid New York Times bestselling autobiography of addiction, recovery, and rise to fame from Russell Brand, star of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and one of the biggest personalities in comedy today.
About the Author
Russell Brand is a comedian, journalist, TV and radio host, and actor. He has won numerous awards in Britain including Time Out London's "Comedian of the Year," "Best Newcomer" at the British Comedy Awards, "Best TV Performer" at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, "Most Stylish Man" at GQ's Men of the Year Awards, and the Sun's "Shagger of the Year."