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Berserker!

By: Adrian Edmondson
Narrated by: Adrian Edmondson
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Publisher's Summary

Hilariously read by the author, Adrian Edmondson.

A Financial Times Best Audio of 2023

The instant Sunday Times bestseller

From brutal schooldays to 80s anarchy, through The Young Ones, Bottom and beyond, Berserker! is the one-of-a-kind, fascinating memoir from an icon of British comedy, Adrian Edmondson.

Ade Edmondson smashed onto the comedy circuit in the 1980s, stormed The Comedy Store and, alongside Rik Mayall, brought anarchy to stage and screen. How did a child brought up in a strict Methodist household – and who spent his formative years incarcerated in repressive boarding schools – end up joining the revolution? Well, he is part Norse. Could it be his ‘berserker’ heritage?

With wisdom, nostalgia and uniquely observed humour, Ade traces his journey through life and comedy: starting out on the alternative scene, getting arrested in Soho, creating his outrageously violent characters and learning more about his curious (possibly Scandinavian) heritage. With star-studded anecdotes and set to a soundtrack of pop hits which transport the listener through time, it’s a memoir like no other.

Berserker [noun]: A Norse warrior frenzied in battle and held to be invulnerable; often off his tits on henbane and large quantities of alcohol; one who is out of control with anger or excitement.

©2023 Adrian Edmondson (P)2023 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

Critic Reviews

'This is a bloody good book. Lots of people live interesting lives, but very few people can write genuinely interesting books about those lives. Adrian Edmondson has done both. It is incredibly funny, but it is also a lot, lot more than that' - Miles Jupp

'The Berserkers from The Young Ones and Bottom tells his story with self-effacing charm and no end of backstage ancedotes' - Ian Rankin

'Everything Adrian Edmondson writes about makes you love him desperately' - Caitlin Moran

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Absolutely brilliant

Grew up watching Adrian on the television. Have learnt much, laughed lots and cried a bit listening to this. Magnificent. Thank you A for sharing.

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Funny, Painful, Gobsmacking, Sad and Wise.

A Wonderful Book.
Funny. Painful. Eye opening. Sad. Wise. From the horrors of boarding school double undies to the wonders of humanity and the many paths we take. A great listen.

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A great chance to get to know a very talented man

I have long been a fan of Adrian’s work. He is a multitalented artist and a genuinely nice fellow. His autobiography gave me a much deeper insight into the man beyond the performer. Well written and a warm narration

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Probably one of my all time favourites

Adrian has a good heart, a great a sense of humour and unwavering tenacity. Couldn’t stop listening

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Brilliant

I listened to this mmmmm Mmmm most of this with my own comedy partner. It was just brilliant. I’ve laughed and cried listening to this. But if I ever see Adrian Edmondson in the street I will definitely pretend I haven’t. What a gem.

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Delightful

I so loved this book & Adrian Edmondson narrating it made it extra special. Refreshingly honest but of course, also hilarious. Thank you for this gem of a book.

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Fantastic

Insights into both a “accidental comedian”s career and life lessons in general.

Equal parts comic, poignant and entertaining.

Brilliantly read also.

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Insightful and funny

Ade is a very bright man. I am a big fan of him (and his wife). It was a delight to listen to him navigate life; a lot of sadness (bleakness) and some exciting (fun) and joyful times too. The nonlinear timeline was very interesting.
I hope it was cathartic for him to revisit his complicated childhood and relationship with his father.

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The young once.

I liked this a lot and think you will too. Plenty of familiar faces and embarrassing stories.

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a great listene

a great listen especially the later years and understanding the breakup between Rik and himself

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