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Publisher's Summary

Adam Hills was a quiet primary school kid with a prosthetic foot, who did all his homework and only spoke when spoken to. His dad sparked in him a love of comedy, and together they'd spend hours watching and listening to the greats like Peter Sellers and Mel Brooks. So, when it was Adam's turn to speak, he made sure he was funny. 

Once he hit high school, comedy was Adam's obsession (along with a deep love for the South Sydney Rabbitohs). While his mates were listening to Iron Maiden and AC/DC, he was listening to Kenny Everett and Billy Connolly. And when a report card came home with a comment praising his sense of humour, he was far prouder of that than his grades (his mum not so much). 

Adam's shyness and his missing foot never held him back, though wearing thongs was tricky. While other teens snuck off to meet girls and drink cheap booze, Adam snuck off to see a young Jim Carrey perform. After that, a steady diet of Rodney Rude, Vince Sorrenti and Robin Williams led this sheltered, virginal university student from The Shire to his first stand-up open mic night on his 19th birthday. 

In Best Foot Forward, Adam describes his early years on the Australian comedy scene sharing gigs with Steady Eddy and Jimeoin, how he coped the first time he died on stage, his early morning apprenticeship in radio, touring the world's comedy festivals, the magic of Spicks and Specks and his hosting gig for the 2008 Paralympics that led to his ongoing hit UK TV show The Last Leg. Whoopi Goldberg, Barry Humphries, Billy Connolly, Kermit the Frog - Adam's learned from the best. This charming, witty memoir is a lesson in following your heart, being positive and discovering that what makes you different also makes you unique.

©2018 Adam Hills (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Fun and Heart-felt

Just like his stand up shows this book is both funny and obviously comes from the heart. I thoroughly enjoyed at and highly recommend it. It was so great to hear it from Adam himself.

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It was quite interesting but a little bit too much name dropping. Overall a good listen but not riveting.

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Can’t ‘put it down’

Loved it! Loved that it was Hillsy himself reading with extra bits. So genuine and hilarious. I’m about to listen all over again.

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Couldn't stop, binge listening during work

always good for a laugh, love your stuff Adam. fair bit I didn't know that made me love your sorrel even more, inspiring

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HILARIOUS!

hubby and I loved every second of this audio on our road trips! There is no way anyone else could have told his story like Adam has. What a thrilling life thus far, thank you so much for sharing a small slice of it.

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warm and fuzzy

A nice easy listen, well narrated and full of fun. Adam is a terrific storyteller and has nicely intertwined some of his personal experiences, whilst spinning some hilarous behind the scenes stories.

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Optimistic, Sun-kissed, Funny

Glorious. A fascinating insight into the world of stand up comedy through the oh-so positive eyes of Adam Hills. You should try it!

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If you’re not a fan you will be after listening to this

A fascinating, funny and wonderfully told story straight from Adam himself. It makes you realise how much work, luck and divine intervention from Billy Connolly goes into creating a career in the entertainment industry.
I didn’t want it to end.

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Really Great, And I Was Not A Fan

Barely knew anything about Adam, had never taken to him in the past, but what a great story with so many Aussie-isms that made me laugh.

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A great listen

I loved this book. Adam Hills has been a favourite of ours here for a long time and hearing his life journey, read by him, was simply wonderful. I would recommend it to anyone.

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Adams Hills is amazing!

I remember listening to Adam as a kid doing breakfast radio in Australia. He is extraordinarily funnily. I love his impressions of accents - and Advance Australia Fair to the tune of Working Class Man was genius. The most amazing thing is how uplifting and positive he is. This book is a bundle of positivity for comedy fans - or anyone really. Who needs self help books when they can listen to Adam Hills for 8-odd hours??

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