Jason Manford is firmly established as one of the country's favourite stand-ups and is up there with the best northern comedy legends. His career began one night in a pub in Chorlton when a comedian didn't arrive for his set and Jason, the 17-year-old glass collector stepped in to fill the gap. From that point on he's never looked back, until now that is....
This is the story in his own words of everything that lead up to that fateful moment – a colourful tale of growing up with lots of family and not enough money, of getting by and sticking together. It is a story of his shameless extended clan of wayward uncles and singing nans and a gobby little knobhead at the heart of it all called Jason. Featuring rock-hard great granddads, doting grandparents, pub-crooning nanas, football-mad dads, pet-obsessed mums, more dodgy uncles than you can shake a stick at, failed exams, dead-end jobs, paper rounds, prostitutes, shocked priests, manslaughter, winning goals, sudden losses, replica shirts, chip-fat incidents, scary pubs, pet meat, fighting Gandhis, cancelled Christmases, Sir Oswald Mosley, flooded tents, call centres, circumcision, puppy love, friends for life, difficult girlfriends, gigs from hell, heart break and, finally, true love....
With his laugh-out-loud tales of coming of age, Jason shows he's a generous storyteller and as natural an observer as he is on stage.
©2011 Jason Manford (P)2011 Random House Audiobooks
"What happened from ch26 to 27 .. ??"
end of ch 26 talking about girl who he loved..
ch 27 suddenly starts about family on Xmas day in 2010 .. brief mention about walking out on a job seen by millions but no explanation? and that's it ???
nothing about getting back into comedy after dropping it for few years . the gigs getting bigger ???
couldn't wait to play with scalextric maybe LOL as he says
Yes because Jason Manford brings the story to life.
This is the first audible book i've listened to.
Very good and engaging throughout.
The touching part about his relationship with his first serious girlfriend was moving.
As a first book (and training for a marathon) this book kept me entertained and interested. It felt like i had a running partner telling me his life story.....a good listen!
This book is brilliantly funny. Download now. Always like to know about someones life in more detail.
Gives you more insite into how he came to bw famous and the help he gained from peter kay.
What a nice bloke. Worth my download credit
Well worth it, wasn't a massive fan before but am now. He shows a true skill in book writing, will be recommending it to all.
"laugh a minute"
love this this so funny but also so sad at times well worth the read or listen 10/10
"Not a bad book but seemed to rush his last 4 years"
Not a bad book but seemed to rush his last 4 years. it was very funny in parts . it is interesting that another comedian took him under his wing to help him progress
"Disappointing way to end"
Manford tells his story well all be it with a great deal of rose tinted and misty eyed spin. I was monumentally disappointed like many other reviewers in how the book ended which only further highlighted the generous layers of gloss and shine put on a life story.
No spoilers so I'll leave it at that.
Kevin Bridges autobiography is a much better listen/read.
"Like sitting in a pub with him."
Really enjoyable listen. Being read by the author it was like sitting in a pub with him telling you about his life. Being from Manchester myself it was funny hearing Jason talk about places I knew so well. I loved his stories about his family, reminded me as a lot of Salford families I know! I enjoyed his honesty about his experiences and emotions. It would have been very easy to miss out the harder parts of his life but he didn't. It made him who he is and as he said... He was brung up proper.
brilliantly read with great insight into life in Manchester as a young lad and entering adulthood
such a funny fella
"Jason at his best"
This was a poignant and wonderful story of Jason's upbringing. A loving and poor family who worked hard to bring up their family. His fathers sense of humour and those of some of his uncles highlights where Jason's sense of humour comes from, but more importantly he is a wonderful story teller and the book itself in many ways is a performance. Fabulous bits with the big fat bald bastard and mums gay friend had me crying with laughter. I have read this 4 times now Thank you for entertaining me x
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