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Publisher's Summary

Come round to Louis Theroux’s house where the much-loved TV documentary-maker, podcaster and best-selling author of Gotta Get Theroux This finds himself in unexpected danger....

Like millions of others, Louis’ plans were mothballed by the onset of COVID. Unable to escape to the porn sets, prisons and maximum-security psychiatric units that are his usual journalistic beat, he began reporting on a location even more full of pitfalls and hostile objects of inquiry: his own home during a pandemic.

Theroux the Keyhole is an honest, hilarious and ultimately heartwarming diary of the weirdness of family life in COVID World. A wife intolerant of his obsession with Joe Wicks’ daily workouts. Two teenage sons, inseparable from their videogames, for whom he is increasingly 'cringe'. A five-year-old happily spamming out videos on his own new TikTok account while on holiday with his oblivious family.  

Louis also describes how he launches his podcast, Grounded, finally gets to the US to film a new Tiger King documentary and aims his sights on the latest incarnation of the far right in a world becoming radicalised by social media. Theroux the Keyhole is Louis at his insightful best, as he faces unforeseen new challenges and wonders why it took a pandemic for him to learn that what really matters in life is right in front of him. 

Read by Louis Theroux, in his usual witty style. 

©2021 Macmillan Publishers International Limited (P)2021 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

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A different side to Louis

Louis first book (The Call of the Weird) was actually quite disappointing. If you'd seen his Weird Weekends series, the book was mostly rehashing those stories with little new insight.

His second one (Gotta Get Theroux This) was a quantum lead forward - it was a bio piece that actually let his personality shine through and gave interesting insights onto his professional life.

Theroux The Keyhole is another progression - this time we get Louis in lockdown, with projects scaled back, altered, or dropped and him mostly working from home and mediating being locked down with his wife and young kids. This one steps even further away from the semi-caricature Louis of Weird Weekends. He is genuine and prepared to be very revealing about his family life and short fallings and struggles. That said, you do still get some great laughs and turns of phrase that are pure Louis.

Some writers would have made a hash of a book like this - stripped of his biggest projects and globetrotting, he has to tie the book together by just finding a narrative and pace and he succeeds wonderfully. I like him more for the fact that he's a more well-rounded and human character than we'd previously seen. If you like Louis, good bios, or books examining family relationships and/or COVID lockdown pressures, you'll really enjoy this.

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Joe Wicks. Joe Wicks. Drinking too much. Joe Wicks

Big Louis fan but this was a bit tedious. I have no idea who Joe Wicks is but if you have a drink for everytime he is mentioned you might drink as much as Louis did during lockdown.

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Louis does a lot of dishes

Louis does a lot of dishes. I really like him, he is a real person who had a bit of a shit time in covid lockdown, just like everyone did.

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  • Louis Theroux
  • 12-11-2021

I write it (and read it!)

To be fair I haven’t listened to this yet, but I do remember recording it and I enjoyed that. I tried to show more of myself in this book than in the previous one… I apologise for the feeble attempt to do a midlands accent somewhere at the beginning of the book. I met a computer repair man from Wolverhampton but in recounting the story in the book I lost my nerve I didn’t really do the accent. Anyway, hope you all enjoy the book and give it five stars. (I had to use an Audible token to do this review but it’s worth it!)

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  • Will Shelf
  • 14-11-2021

When Louis met...childcare responsibilities

This is great. If you're interested in listening to rich, over-privileged celebrity parents moan, about having to look after progeny they chose to bring into the world, because other childcare options weren't available during the pandemic. For 8 hours.

I usually love Louis but this had the strange effect of fostering an unexpected resentment. His complaints are laughable in the context of the struggles of other less privileged families over the last 18 months (/decade). Usually so self-aware, I can't believe he thought this a good idea.

In short: preferred his earlier work.

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  • Miss HOWARD
  • 14-11-2021

Ummmmmm

Confused. I think Louis is better at being an outsider looking in at other peculiar lives - I’m not sure I care about his mundane day to day (eight hours worth??) with children (quite sweet) and exasperated wife (poor Nancy!) A bit boring dare I say? Sorry Louis- am generally a big fan.

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  • M. OJ HAYWOOD
  • 14-11-2021

I like Louis Theroux but...

A quirky man moaning about how COVID causes minor inconveniences to his life. I have made it to the end because he's a good story teller but the story isn't one to tell.

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  • Anja
  • 14-11-2021

Lockdown diary

I love Louis' documentaries so much. This book is more of an open look at his personal and family life than his previous autobiography, which felt like more a report on his professional achievements and experiences. This new book was boring and monotonous in places as it seems a bit unfocused and it is overly long, it reads like a very linear diary of events, but pretty well narrated by the author. Its basically a personal account of lockdown during covid-19, plus a timeline of key world events 2020 to 2021 which are mentioned and commented on briefly. In future years people will want to look back on covid-19 so it's useful as an account on that. Another reviewer has rightly pointed out that the whole book is from his middle class perspective, so obviously it's not representative of everyone. We are living in some seriously weird times and this book highlights that. One thing this book did well is show how depressing and isolating the pandemic has been, and the strains on family life, with personal anecdotes of this. I found myself feeling concerned for Louis and the wellbeing of his family as he's incredibly honest about his drinking a lot of alcohol to cope. Its brave that he's been so honest. I hope he gets some help with his addiction & gets a liver ultrasound/fibroscan to make sure the drinking hasn't harmed him, drinking too much causes liver disease which is a silent killer. I'm a couple of hours from the end of the book so I don't know how it turns out or if he addresses his drinking problem.

I think I didn't enjoy the book as much as I would have if I hadn't just read Miriam Margolyes autobiography, which is an absolute gem and is the best autobiography I've read since Moab is My Washpot by Stephen Fry, Myriam blends a wonderful amount of personality, stories about her relationships and friendships, anecdotes about fellow actors and celebrities, funny, poignant stories and political commentary.

I think Louis' book may help people who are struggling to cope with the pandemic and I think people with kids who've been homeschooled / locked down will relate to it. Reading it did make me reflect on and process some of my feelings about the pandemic. Its not a very dynamic read though, but I'm not sure how it could be given that it's basically a lockdown diary. Respect to Louis for being honest about his feelings and his flaws while navigating the pandemic as a Dad and husband. I do wish he wouldn't casually use the words manic and hypomanic so much though, unless he has bipolar disorder, in which case it's fine. These words mean very specific, disabling and serious things to people with bipolar disorder.

I'm looking forward to seeing what Louis does next & always enjoy his documentary work. I would probably read his next book if he writes another.

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  • Funnyhands
  • 16-11-2021

Awful Awful Awful!

It's like a depressing running monologue of Loui's experience of lockdown, featuring very dull, mundane stories and events. Thoroughly weak, uninteresting and disappointing, made worse by Loui's reading presentation style.

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  • mr d j bedford
  • 14-11-2021

Theroux the life of a COVID19 boring pandemic zzzz

Firstly i must say that I am a huge Louis Theroux fan. I had high expectations of this book but didn’t know what to expect. If you love hearing about someone moan about how COVID19 partially took over our lives and and caused a few adversities then this is the book for you. It’s a book about moaning about your kids because they are bored and having a few petty arguments with your wife. In all honesty the whole COVID19 thing is/was a bore so what more should’ve I expected. Not for me this book, but still a fan.

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  • papapownall
  • 13-11-2021

Lockdown diaries from endearingly quirky filmmaker

Like most of the world, Louis Theroux spent the last 18 months in a state of bewilderment as to events caused by the COVID 19 pandemic. And like many of us he sort solace in Joe Wicks, Jack Daniels PlayStations and Zoom calls to get him and his family through the months of lockdown, home schooling and claustrophobia. This book chronicles this period in Louis' familiar minor key style starting with the bemusement during the initial days that felt like "the fire alarm going off in a primary school for a drill" to the reality of living in an apocalyptic world. Unlike Louis' other works on which focus on those on the fringes of society, the COVID pandemic has affected us all and none of this seems particularly weird as we have all lived through it.
Louis considers that maybe this period really has given us all a glimpse of vulnerability that humanity needs. He may well be right when he points out that as well as defeating COVID much is needed to tackle other viruses such as popularism, nativism and misogyny, It is great to hear that, despite the turmoil Louis has continued on his crusade to expose extremists and freaks to the world through his documentaries and now has his own TV company. This is a brutally honest book and I would recommend it to anyone.

(I wanted to call this review the Lockdown diaries from the Dame Vera Lynn of Lockdown Podcasts but there is a strict limit of the number of characters the Audible accepts in the title.)

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  • Barry Irwin
  • 19-11-2021

I don’t mean to be malicious but…

I think I’ve watched all of Louis documentaries and I really like the recent podcast. I love his work.
This book though…by the end of it I couldn’t help but think, what was the point of that?
There’s not really much to it and it just fizzle’s out at the end like he ran out of things to say.
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Covid & lockdown happened (we all lived through that, there’s nothing interesting or revealing in the book)
He likes a lonely drink.
He doesn’t like his kids much. (lol)
Sorry Louis just having a jibe at the things that stood out.
I don’t like to give negative reviews but this is the world we live in, I’m not trolling just giving an honest opinion.
Hope it helps Louis bounce back into doing something interesting, enlightening and entertaining again.

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  • Andy lane
  • 12-11-2021

Nice to see LT is not afraid of turning the spotlight back on himself.

Really nice to see LT is not afraid of giving himself the same treatment he gives others, I love his presence of mind and hope it leads him to be the better person he obviously wants to be. Very touching thoughts at the end. I only wish people didn’t go into book reading mode. Maybe its Audible producers coaching but so many people lose the character of their voices when they record audible books. Not bad in this case just not as alive and expressive as usual. Thanks for a good listen.

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