Believe Me is a riveting adventure into the hows, whys, and hilarious life of Eddie Izzard. While he relates the story of his success, Izzard, in his own beautiful way, also inspires anyone who reads this story to achieve their own dreams. Plus, in times like these, the relief of a good laugh is priceless! Recommended By Shell H., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
With his brand of keenly intelligent humor that ranges from world history to historical politics, sexual politics, mad ancient kings, and chickens with guns, Eddie Izzard has built an extraordinary fan base that transcends age, gender, and race. Writing with the same candor and insight evident in his comedy, he reflects on a childhood marked by the loss of his mother, boarding school, and alternative sexuality, as well as a life in comedy, film, politics, running and philanthropy.
Honest and generous, Believe Me is an inspired account of a very singular life thus far.
"[A] candid new book...The comedic tour de force [Eddie Izzard] opens up about his mother’s death, coming out as transgender, and his quest for romantic love." Catie Lazarus, Out Magazine
"This book is a raw, honest exploration of what it means to live your truth, to be unapologetically ambitious, and to walk through fear over and over again. It’s about being brave. And hilarious. It reminded me that walking through fear almost always leads to happiness." Chelsea Handler
"Izzard is one of the funniest people alive, a talented actor, a sharp cross-dresser, an experienced marathon runner, and a great writer. You will have to read this if only to find out what a jazz chicken is." The Philadelphia Inquirer
About the Author
Eddie Izzard is a world-renowned comedian, actor, writer, runner, and activist. He made his West End debut in 1993 in a one-man show called Live at the Ambassadors, for which he received an Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement. He recently appeared on television as ‘Dr. Abel Gideon’ in Hannibal, and he produced and starred in the FX Networks series, The Riches. His films include Valkyrie, Ocean’s Thirteen and Ocean’s Twelve, Across the Universe, Mystery Men, Shadow of the Vampire, and The Cat’s Meow. His stage appearances include David Mamet’s Race and The Cryptogram, the title role in Marlowe’s Edward II, 900 Oneonta, and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg in London and on Broadway, which garnered him a Tony nomination for Best Actor. Izzard’s hit one man shows include Stripped and Force MajeureM/em>. His performance in Dress to Kill earned him a New York Drama Desk Award and two Emmy Awards. In 2010, the documentary Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story received an Emmy Award nomination. In 2009, Izzard ran forty-three marathons in fifty-one days through England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland for charity and helped raise 1.8 million pounds ($2.7 million) for Sports Relief, which helps charities in Britain and around the world. In 2015, he starred in the Sony PlayStation Network superhero fantasy and crime noir series, Powers. Izzard plans to run for mayor of London in 2020. He lives in London and the United States.