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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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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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Loved it.

Genuinely entertaining. Funny, uplifting and with some great anecdotes. Told with charm and some sketchy voices.

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Enjoyable listen into Adam's life

I really enjoyed listening to Adam's story about his life and career. and accents were fun. I really enjoyed the Billy Connolly references and how he reappeared and supported at times throughout the story.

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  • JPD
  • 27-11-2018

Fantastic, funny and entertaining story teller

This was my very first audible book. As I am dyslexic I shy away from reading books as much as possible and thought I would give this a try. How fantastic the experience and especially listening to Adam Hills great narration and storytelling with humour not far away at all times. This book a real treat and I learnt so much about his life and pure determination. The main message I received was how if you love doing something you can keep chasing your dreams and not feel that it's hard work. Would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to relax, have a laugh and enjoy being taken on a life story.

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  • Roderic
  • Victoria Park, Australia
  • 11-11-2018

I Enjoyed This Immensely

A very natural, good-humoured memoir that hit just the right spot. I have seen Adam Hills on TV for years (though never live) and have enjoyed his work.

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  • Chris
  • Australia
  • 02-11-2018

Heartwarming

the best collections of stories I have ever listened to. very uplifting. Except the accents 😂

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loved it

I have always been a fan of Adam Hills so really enjoyed hearing his story

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Great funny story

This is a great, funny and unbelievable story if Adam's life. Very enjoyable to listen to and will make you laugh at times

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brilliant

Listening to Adam Hills story should be enough to inspire anyone to follow there dreams

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  • Elle
  • 30-08-2018

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??