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Rob Beckett never seems to fit in. At work, in the middle-class world of television and comedy, he’s the laddie, cockney geezer, but to his mates down the pub in south-east London, he’s the theatrical one, a media luvvie. Even at home, his wife and kids are posher than him.

In this hilarious exploration of class, Rob compares his life growing up as a working-class kid to the life he lives now, trying to understand where he truly belongs.

Will he always be that fat kid who was told he’d never be a high-flyer? Why does he feel ashamed if he does anything vaguely middle class? Will he ever favour craft beer over lager? What happens if you eat 50 olives and drink two bottles of champagne? Why is boner such a funny word?

In search of answers, Rob relives the moments in his life when the class divide couldn’t be more obvious. Whether it’s the gig for rich bankers that was worse than Matt Hancock hosting the GQ Men of the Year Awards, turning up at a swanky celebrity house party with a blue bag of cans from the offy or identifying the root of his ambition as a childhood incident involving soiled pants and Jurassic Park, Rob digs deep.

A Class Act is his funny, candid and often moving account of what it feels like to be an outsider and the valuable (sometimes humiliating) life lessons he’s learned along the way.

©2021 Rob Becket (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"Pacy, witty and affectionate." (Guardian)

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  • LettyBIRD
  • 14-10-2021

A fantastic read

I loved this book because it goes deeper than the average comedy memoir, it explores class, and it’s effects on everyone in this country. Rob is a hugely empathetic person and he writes about people from all walks of life without judgement and puts his points across beautifully.

I loved the stories about his family, who universally sound like wonderful people, I hope they’re all really proud of him and this book.

All in all, a great listen.

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  • Chris Drury
  • 15-10-2021

Loved it!

A great read/listen. Funny, thoughtful and insightful. Well done Rob, read so well despite how nervous you were at the time of recording.

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  • Deb
  • 14-10-2021

Really good

I really loved this book. I am a fan of his so had it pre ordered. Put it on as soon as got home from work and listened to it in one go. He narrated it really well. It was funny and bittersweet. Was surprised that he was depressed when he had everything, for no reason. But it was a great book that I really enjoyed and highly recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-10-2021

Brilliant.

loved it, a really honest book, both emotional and funny. I found it relatable in terms of not feeling sure where you fit in.

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  • MR C J SMITH
  • 14-10-2021

brilliant and very open

love Rob beckett and how true and open he is about feeling the pressure of earning money

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  • 14-10-2021

blooming wonderful

great story's felt alot of the same feelings apart from being a world renowned stand-up of course but great taking about mental health and struggles the part about Australia made me tear up a little i dont know why 😂 great book will be getting the hard back copy

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  • Lucy Powell
  • 14-10-2021

Funny and Interesting

Honest, interesting, funny and well delivered. Well worth the purchase. Nice it's read by author.

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  • ANGELA SIMPSON
  • 19-10-2021

brilliant !

if you can't find any part of this relatable, then you my friend.... are dead inside! in the same way that the TV show "F.R.I.E.N.D.S" has a storyline for every possible life situation that can and has happened to us all, each chapter of this has one of those " that is just like when I was ...... " realisation moments; be it a fear , a realisation, a point of running away to Google something that you agreed with in conversation, that you had no clue as to its meaning, or a family induced moment of wanting to be plunging head first in to a newly formed sink hole just to escape!
Rob Beckett uses his experiences, in a way that allows you to give yourself permission to accept your own experiences, good or bad! a fantastic book on its own, ( yes I have the hard copy too) made better by having heard it from the man himself! thank you Rob!

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  • The peachy one
  • 19-10-2021

Fantastic!!

I honestly didn't think that Rob Beckett would ever make me cry, but he did!!! However, he made me laugh a lot more. A fantastically written book filled with honesty and humour. I absolutely loved it.

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  • Shaun Day
  • 19-10-2021

Brilliant just wish there was more of it haha

Loved this a great mixture of heart felt moment mixed with great typical rob beckett comments, really enjoyed it and will definately be looking out for more of these from Rob in the future

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