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.
“The most talented stand-up comedian to emerge in Britain this decade.” Daily Telegraph (London)
“I laughed out loud at least a dozen times. . . . To my shame, Ill admit I sort of liked My Booky Wook.” New York Times
“Hilarious. . . . A richly detailed memoir thats peppered with both evocative descriptions of the authors homeland and memorable lines... Brand promises here another tome ‘about how it feels to be famous. To my shame, I cant wait.” Entertainment Weekly
“A scandalous, libidinous memoir. . . . There is nothing [Brand] wont reveal in search of a laugh and nothing he hasnt done in search of love or experience or oblivion. . . . . An exceptional combination of candor, ardor, and humor. The Guardian
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. . . . Compelling. New York Times Book Review
In 2006, Brand exploded onto the international comedy scene, but his life was anything but glamorous. He was bulimic at age 12 and began drinking heavily and taking drugs by age 16 even setting himself on fire while on crack cocaine. This is his amazing memoir of recovery.
“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 captivated audiences in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and hosted the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. He has won numerous awards in Britain, including Time Out (London)'s "Comedian of the Year," "Most Stylish Man" at GQ's Men of the Year Awards, and the Sun's "Shagger of the Year." He is a frequent guest on nighttime television.