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Narrated by: Simon Amstell
Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
5 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Comedy, Tragedy, Therapy

Simon Amstell did his first stand-up gig at the age of 13. His parents had just divorced, and puberty was confusing. Trying to be funny solved everything.

Read by Simon Amstell, and interspersed with footage from his stand-up tours, HELP is the hilarious and heartbreaking account of Simon's ongoing compulsion to reveal his entire self onstage. To tell the truth so it can't hurt him anymore. Loneliness, anxiety, depression - this book has it all. And more.

From a complicated childhood in Essex to an Ayahuasca-led epiphany in the Amazon rainforest, this story will make you laugh, cry and then feel happier than you've ever been.

©2017 Simon Amstell (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"A beautiful and clever book about being human. All the warmth of his comedy without the inconvenience of his face." (Russell Brand)
"Hard to imagine anyone not loving this... go Simon Amstell!" (Stephen Fry)
"Amstell is a likeable, self-deprecating guide to his own flaws, and has spent enough time in therapy to dissect his own navel-gazing with a nicely dry self-awareness." ( Observer)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-05-2018

Funny and moving

Simon Amstell opens up, allowing the reader/listener insight into his personal life, insecurities, fears ... even his vanity. Rather than seeming self indulgent, his discourse provides a bond, a direct connection of his self doubts to our own. And, of course, he's funny. Very funny.

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  • lauren
  • 26-11-2017

Super Enjoyable

A great mix of background and stand up comedy clips. Great insight into depression, anxiety, and coming to terms with yourself. Very enjoyable. Definitely will relisten.

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  • Stacey Robinson
  • 05-11-2017

thank you, Simon

Loved this book.
Full of humour and grace.
Highly relatable, insightful, and inspiring.
Thank you, Simon Amstel, for writing it.

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  • Matthew Azzopardi
  • 17-10-2017

Simon Amstell is my personal god

there's a comfort knowing I'm not alone in the gay experience. I wish more people thought like him

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  • Leo
  • 07-10-2017

Wonderful!

I am normally a bit reticent about autobiographies but thoughtI’d give this a go as it has had such wonderful reviews. They are all deserved. This is a lovely book and beautifully read with extracts from live shows cut in.

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  • Shrimp Ramen
  • 01-10-2017

Mind Expanding Fun

Amstell takes us on a journey of soul searching and maturation via his career trajectory, dating, travels, psychotherapy, and some illegal psychedelic drugs. I wished it was a bit longer, but laughed heartily throughout. I liked how he clarified through his experiences that no earthly person could possibly have the road map for your individual life when they themselves struggle enough knowing their own proper life path. Also, Amstell highlights the enduring value of stories to transmit wisdom and knowledge. His interesting voice narration easily held my attention.

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  • Mr. A. P. Barker
  • 21-09-2017

Great stuff but just so little thats new.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would have loved it to be much longer, I pre ordered the book as I love Simons stand up not knowing anything else about the book. I kinda wanted to go in blind. The book is expansions and comment on previous stand up routines he has done with exerts of the performances performed live thrown in. This would probably be great for someone new to his stuff but I did find myself wanting more. At only three hours long I was kinda disapointed.

What does Simon Amstell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His performance and energy are why I bought this book in the first place.

Any additional comments?

Really good performance and writing but very slim on content.

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  • Vincent Smith
  • 09-10-2017

Excellently told story climb to "normal"

Enjoyed Simons take on his ascent to "normal" though I have to say he seemed normal enough in the first place. Thanks for the honesty Simon...and the laughter.

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  • Ke Donn
  • 02-10-2017

Touching, funny, honest book

Really enjoyed listening to this. Simon has managed to speak so honestly about difficult subjects but also often making me laugh as he describes his struggle with coming to twrms with who he was. Brilliant and insightful

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  • Seb Elliott
  • 29-09-2017

Perceptive, real and connected.

Although knowing Simon Amstell primarily through his comedy. I thought this book unravelled much more about his character in a touching narrative. It feels incredibly honest and connected whilst discussing his past with the comic flair he does so well.

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  • Catherine Brown
  • 28-09-2017

people stared as I listened and laughed

Ah, the human condition laid bare. Our inner anxiety of not being good enough for anyone or even ourselves with so many more laughs and insight than a self help book.

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  • S Lee
  • 21-10-2018

Short but really good

As per title - probably my favourite audiobook so far. It’s consistently funny, interesting and frequently enlightening (if you can relate to Simon Amstell’s journey and challenges with anxiety and depression) - but as others have pointed out it’s relatively short, and I wished it was twice as long.

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  • aimee
  • 25-08-2018

Fabulous

Heard Simon on Adam Buxton’s podcast & downloaded this straight away.

This audiobook is hilariously funny & poignant. I loved it.

Loved the live stand up interwoven with heart felt accounts of personal experiences.

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  • Anthony
  • 14-08-2018

Just Bloody Brillante

Loved every word that Curly Top spoke. Tx.

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  • Catmalloy
  • 13-06-2018

Funny, moving and beautiful

Help was highly engaging and entertaining. Simon presented the book well. Loved it. Will listen/read again soon.

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  • roobaloo
  • 29-05-2018

Best boy in the world<br />

Brilliant - not too long ago NG not too short, keep yiu on your toes and makes you laugh