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Best Foot Forward

Narrated by: Adam Hills
Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
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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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Adam Hills brilliance

Absolutely loved this. An autobiography narrated by the writer done brilliantly. Do yourself a favour.

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Fantastic book

I loved the book and I think it was even better with Adam reading it.

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Fantastic!

Adam Hills has some of the best stories from comedy. If you're a comedy nerd like myself (and presumably, Adam) you're going to love this book. It's humble, clever and just boast-y enough for it to be fun, without being egotistical.

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Loved it

Funny, upbeat and incredibly enjoyable to listen to. A few full on laugh out loud moments but mostly just incredibly engaging and interesting.

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awesome listening!

Such a great listen! Such a genuine, funny and nice guy. Great stories and life lessons shared! Loved listening along, it brought many a chuckle and smile to my day.

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Best book forward

... and backwards. A wonderful collection of memoirs. With Adam shills narrating the book you get special treats that weren’t present in the written time. Even if you have read the book I highly recommend this audiobook too

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More than worth the listen.

I only wish it had never ended, hilarious and heartwarming, one hell of a ride.

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Doesn't disappoint

Love it so much. Adams great attitude and meaning shine through for an awesome autobiography.

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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??