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The long-awaited memoir by movie and theatre legend Brian Cox.

From Titus Andronicus with the RSC to media magnate Logan Roy in HBO's Succession, Brian Cox has made his name as an actor of unparalleled distinction and versatility. We know him on screen, but few know of his extraordinary life story. 

Growing up in Dundee, Scotland, Cox lost his father when he was just eight years old and was brought up by his three elder sisters in the aftermath of his mother's nervous breakdowns and ultimate hospitalisation. After joining the Dundee Repertory Theatre at the age of 15, you could say the rest is history - but that is to overlook the enormous graft that has gone into the making of the legend we know today. 

This is a rags-to-riches life story like no other - a seminal autobiography that both captures Cox's distinctive voice and his very soul. Rich in emotion and meaning, with plenty of laughs along the way, it will be a classic in the vein of The Moon's a Balloon by David Niven and What's It All About by Michael Caine. 

©2021 Brian Cox (P)2021 Quercus Editions Limited

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Sitting by the fireside

Sitting by the fireside, privileged to be in the company of a frank, wise and at times tender Brian Cox. Highly recommended.

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Toaster

Reminiscent of the audiobook Toast on Toast but I neither mean this as a criticism or insult I loved it.

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Terrible, the author end up looking very full of himself and disparaging all other. I couldn't finish listening to this...

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Brilliant

Brilliant when the author reads his own material. Which is a must for an autobiography. Shame he doesn't talk about individual movies as much as I would have hoped.

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Loved it!

I absolutely adored this memoir. It was a warts and all recount of a great and wonderful actor. I would highly recommend.

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My dads wee brother.

listening to a men tell his story as a Scotsman as a Dundoian was beautiful.

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  • Joni
  • 27-02-2022

Splendid

I never thought I’d have any interest in an actor’s autobiography. Brian Cox is a stage beast as he was called, an amazing actor, and now as I learned - a thoroughly interesting, funny, witty and kind individual.
Hearing him narrate his own book, with the Scottish accent but PERFECTLY understandable diction - was riveting. I laughed, I learned and I was moved.
May we be so lucky as to see much more of him.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-11-2021

A Success

An honest account from Brian on family,friends,influences ,colleagues (Mckellen,Gambon and Seagal…) Bravo

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  • "vambo"
  • 07-11-2021

Doon The Rabbit Hole.

I like to rate the narrator first and the author reading their own biography is not always a guaranteed good listen I’ve found. Mr Cox Is superb. We get an impression of him recounting his life as well as his thoughts and feelings as if it was for the first time and not just read from the book.
The book could have been subtitled “The Brian Cox handbook of how to act and why.” While listening to him wax lyrical on his theories and philosophy of the art of acting, he’s given me a new appreciation and insight of his craft.
He pulls no punches when giving his critical opinion of his fellow thespians although credit where it’s due as well. A second book of all the anecdotes that didn’t find their way into this book would be top of my wish list and could possibly be called “Putting The Beans In The Tin!”

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  • KEVIN
  • 24-04-2022

Who Brian was semi-stardom

Brian is a consummate pro. I love the Dundee boy that he remains, despite having the luxury of HBO thrust upon him. He deserves praise for his career, and this delightful book about it. I recommend this book to every Film and TV fan, young and old. If you are Scottish, I believe you'll get more from this than your average punter, you'll empathise more with the author, I'd imagine. Great work, loved it! Thank you, Mr Cox. Glad I bought this autobiography.

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  • A C-B
  • 03-12-2021

Brilliant actor, my interest was not catered for.

I can't say I have ever disliked any film role Brian has been in. As a teen with a flair for languages, still credit Brian with 'quick with the repartee' and use it to this day. The book is good, an accurate representation and entertaining. Sadly, the main interest for me and why I pre ordered was to have an in depth telling of Brian's experiences and anecdotes relating to Sharpe. After waiting patiently through larger chapters with far more descriptive retelling of events, this chapter was barer than scrooges pantry. Accepting as I do that, as a younger audience, this may not have been aimed at me still doesn't displace the reality that alot of the chapters become progressively more present with name dropping and rewriting of wrongs/airing of grievances.

Enjoyed Brian's work, glad I bought it, still disappointed with the offering.

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  • Melanie Yong
  • 12-11-2021

Thoroughly Enjoyable Read

Brian has been one of my favourite actors ever since The Long Kiss Goodnight in which he was Nathan and delivered these brilliant lines

Nathan:
Alice, please? Your dog, Alice - it and my appetite are mutually exclusive.

Alice:
Well, what's wrong with the dog?

Nathan:
Simple: he's been licking his a**hole for the last three straight hours. I submit to you that there is nothing there worth more than an hour's attention and I should think that whatever he is attempting to dislodge, is either gone for good... or there to stay.

Thank you Brian!

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  • Julie Wood
  • 24-06-2022

A real performer & a great life lived!

A sense of the whole truth comes through! He says it how it is,

Fundamentally he’s still the abandoned child who is in survival mode!

Great Honesty about his fellow actors and humans!

I just wanted to give a hug when It finished! Xx

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  • David Foster
  • 15-06-2022

‘Superb!’ ;)

A well read and honest reflection examining a varied and fantastic career….with just a little touch of ‘Stephen Toast’ in the background;)

Recommend!

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  • Marcus I. Lashley
  • 01-06-2022

Very interesting - you forget how many things you know him from.

Thoroughly enjoyable. Good few name drops and anecdotes. Good back story and interesting analysis of his own weaknesses.

Only criticism would be references to friends who have passed which a got a bit “lovey” the way that actors can otherwise enjoyable.

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  • jack
  • 27-05-2022

A man with grit

Enjoyed it
Very well told Brian Cox
One of Scotland best loved star of stage and screen

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  • Kevin - London
  • 07-05-2022

Kevin Everett of London

Brilliantly written and delivered, touching without being over sentimental. Immensely interesting, with a refreshing directness.

I found myself smiling often because of the well crafted humour in just the right places!

A really great read and listen, I recommend both the book and audible without reservation and as Brian frequently reminds us its all in text..........

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-03-2022

Magnificent - loved every minute

Warts and all as he says himself. Open, honest and wonderfully narrated.
At times brutally funny and at others desperately sorrowful, yet without regret.
I truly wish it hadn’t come to an end.

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