My Booky Wook by Russell Brand
A Memoir of Sex, Drugs, and Stand-Up

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Russell Brand grew up in Essex . His father left when he was three months old, he was bulimic at 12 and left school at 16 to study at the Italia Conti stage school. There, he began drinking heavily and taking drugs. He regularly visited prostitutes in Soho, began cutting himself, took drugs on stage during his stand-up shows, and even set himself on fire while on crack cocaine. He has been arrested 11 times and fired from 3 different jobs - including from XFM and MTV - and he claims to have slept with over 2,000 women. In 2003 Russell was told that he would be in prison, in a mental hospital or dead within six months unless he went in to rehab. He has now been clean for three years.


In 2006 his presenting career took off, and he hosted the NME awards as well as his own MTV show, 1 Leicester Square, plus Big Brother's Big Mouth on Channel 4. His UK stand-up tour was sold out and his BBC Radio 6 show became a cult phenomenon, the second most popular podcast of the year after Ricky Gervais. He was awarded Time Out's Stand Up Comedian of the Year and won Best Newcomer at the British Comedy Awards.


In 2007 Russell hosted both the Brit Awards and Comic Relief, and continued to front Big Brother's Big Mouth. His BBC2 radio podcast became the UK's most popular.


Russell writes a weekly football column in the Guardian and is the patron of Focus 12, a charity helping people with alcohol and substance misuse.

 

About Russell Brand

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Russell Brand is a comedian, journalist, TV and radio presenter and actor. He has won numerous awards including Time Out's Comedian of the Year, Best Newcomer at the British Comedy Awards, Best TV Performer at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, Most Stylish Man at GQ's Men of the Year Awards. His autobiography, My Booky Wook, was a No.1 Sunday Times bestseller. It also won the Tesco Biography of the Year award at the Galaxy British Book Awards.
 
Published March 2, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 368 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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It’s too soon to tell if the comedian Russell Brand will be another of those British exports — like the Arctic Monkeys, Marmite, the comic magazine Viz and the fiction of Angela Carter — that are just too tangy and exotic to make much of an impression on American audiences.

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The New York Times

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I’ve been married three times, had five children with five different women, and I’m an alcoholic and a drug addict.” And St. Peter says, “What have I seen you in?” Russell Brand, the English comedian and actor, has taken the States by squall with memorable turns in the film “Forgetting Sarah Mar...

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My Booky Wook by Russell Brand Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Pee po, belly bum, drawers.

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My Booky Wook Russell Brand Hodder & Stoughton £18.99, pp339 Russell Brand, the comedian-cum-tabloid personality, is a peculiar phenomenon.

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The thing I found most surprising about the book (which Russell says he wrote himself — can anyone confirm this?) is how well written it is.

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AV Club

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Similarly, he occasionally attempts to take a sober look at wealth and fame, but again, it doesn’t feel like he had time to work out his true feelings on the matter, whereas My Booky Wook led readers on a leisurely, funny, sad tour through his ego via his verbose meanderings.

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Entertainment Weekly

Toward the end of the hilarious memoir My Booky Wook, Russell Brand — the British comedian, Forgetting Sarah Marshall star, and recovering heroin addict — archly ruminates on what he describes as the '''to my shame' technique.'' ''You can get away with any admission, however appalling,'' he expla...

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Suite 101

Actor, writer, comedian and author Simon Pegg chronicles his journey from "small child to big kid" in a sparkling, funny and poiniant memoir.

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Seattle PI

Brand and Colin distinctly did not get along - to the point where Brand left home because he found it impossible to live under the same roof with him.

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