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  • By: James Acaster
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  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (570 ratings)

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James Acaster's Classic Scrapes

By: James Acaster
Narrated by: James Acaster
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Publisher's Summary

The Sunday Times Best Seller

James Acaster has been nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award five times and has appeared on prime-time TV shows like Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo and Russell Howard's Stand Up Central.

But behind the fame and critical acclaim is a man perpetually getting into trouble. Whether it's disappointing a skydiving instructor mid-flight, hiding from thugs in a bush wearing a bright red dress, or annoying the Kettering Board Games club, a didgeridoo-playing conspiracy theorist and some bemused Christians, James is always finding new ways to embarrass himself.

Appearing on Josh Widdicombe's radio show to recount these stories, the feature was christened 'James Acaster's classic scrapes'. Here, in his first book, James recounts these tales (including never-before-heard stories) in all their glorious stupidity.

©2017 James Acaster (P)2017 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

Critic Reviews

"James Acaster has a brilliant comic mind, crackling with energy every bit as much as his corduroy slacks." (Milton Jones)
"I don't think I've ever read a book that has made me cry with laughter as much as this one. It was very difficult reading it in public as I looked like a madman." (Richard Herring)

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I will never read an autobiography again.

This is the first audio book I’ve ever listened to. I really wanted to hear James tell his scrapes in his own voice and it was as amazing as I hoped it to be! Really funny, really well read. I must say I would have liked some good scrapes too. Part way I was just picturing James as a sad old cat man living alone having scrape after scrape!! Surely something good must happen soon James!!

From now on I will only listen to people read their own autobiography, you get a lot more out of hearing it in their voice. Loved it!!

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Heartwarmingly funny

Pure goodness. Acaster is top-shelf of current British comedy; whimsical, loveable, intelligent, self-deprecating etc.

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Very funny

We listened to this on a 14 hour road trip. We laughed, we cried, we gasped. This book has everything you need for a long road trip. Very entertaining! 👌🏻

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Hilarious

If you're already a JA fan you won't be disappointed. I laughed so much. He's brilliant!

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Awesome

Great listening very funny guy who has clearly lived a life. Would love to hear another book. Week done.

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Man oh man

That’s some wild stuff. Those stories. They be good. Weird word word word word word

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Loved it!

Lots of laugh out loud moments. Love that it is narrated by James.

Highly recommend! Loved it!

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Listened multiple times over the last month.

Fantastically enjoyable. I’ve started re-listening to this as something easy while driving.
The kids absolutely love it (although I do need to censor / skip some chapters ) and is frequently requested. I’ll be going onto more by Acaster for sure.

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HILARIOUS 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

I have not laughed out loud so much when listening to a book before - truly so funny, and all the stories were so well told. Definitely will listen to it again.

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Very, very funny, but not his best.

James Acaster is definitely one of the funniest comedians at the moment. His book on quitting social media is the best of the two in my opinion, but this book is still very funny. His stories about his scrapes are so ridiculous, they are sometimes mentally exhausting listening to them. And yet, I wanted to listen to more and more. Highly recommend.

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