My Booky Wook

My Booky Wook

by Russell Brand


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In 2006 Russell Brand exploded onto the international comedy scene. He has been named Time Out’s Comedian of the Year, Best Newcomer at the British Comedy Awards, and Most Stylish Man at GQ’s Men. 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. Before the fame, however, Russell’s life was anything but glamorous. His father left when he was three months old, he was bulimic at age 12 and he began drinking heavily and taking drugs by age 16. 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. In 2003 Russell was told that he would be in prison, a mental hospital, or dead within six months unless he went into rehab. He has now been clean for three years, and hasn’t looked back since. This is Russell’s amazing story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780340936177
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
Publication date: 08/01/2008
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.08(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.14(d)

About the Author

Russell Brand is a comedian, journalist, TV and radio presenter and actor.

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My Booky Wook 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
karenkpm More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I love Russell Brand! It was an amazing read. I'll admit I get bored sometimes when I start a new book. I think I'm easily disappointed. But I didn't want to put this book down. When I finished it-I missed it. I wanted to read it again. Russell has an amazing story and I'm so happy he wrote it all down. I laughed, I cringed and I cried. Honestly, I felt young again after reading it. Maybe even hopeful. I thought if he's able to keep going after all he's done and been through- then maybe there is hope for us all. Who knew the next comedic Messiah would actually have relations with prostitues and be vegetarian !?! Perhaps all great learning does come from suffering. xoxo
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book a lot, i love reading the story of his life. is comedy is super funny, but his life was kinda sad in a way. Russel Brand is the best new comedian so far and i see nothing but good things happening to him in the future
elliepotten on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Russell Brand is a bit like Marmite - people seem to either love him or hate him. Perhaps this autobiography will help to convert those who seek to dismiss Brand as a flamboyant, egotistic idiot (if, that is, they can see past the simplistic title which is, in fact, a reference to 'The Clockwork Orange').This autobiography charts Brand's childhood in Essex, in a loving but occasionally misguided family, and his troubled school life. He was a loner, an outsider, and always felt - indeed, sought - to be different from his peers, to set himself apart. Unfortunately, even when his 'Eureka!' moment arrived and he realised he wanted to be a showbiz star, this need to be different manifested itself in troublesome forms which ended in a string of expulsions from various academic and dramatic institutions. Falling in with some interesting characters at school, Brand turned for the first time to drugs and alcohol. As the years went by he added sex to his repertoire, and progressed to harder drugs and more trouble, being fired from job after job, being arrested and released over and over again, and making his way through a string of girlfriends and prostitutes. Ultimately, it came to a choice between drugs and rehab, life and death - and thankfully, with a bit of persuasion from those around him, he chose life. At last, clean and sober (and having spent some interesting time in sex addiction rehab to boot), he was finally diagnosed with manic depression (hardly surprising to anyone with any experience with the illness), his career took off and Russell Brand, Dickensian dandy and charismatic charmer, became a household name in television, radio, movies and the comedy circuit.It's certainly a gripping and ultimately uplifting story. Brand is incredibly honest about every experience life has thrown at him - for example, he knows that drugs nearly ruined his life, but at the same time acknowledges that they offered much calm and comfort at the time. He doesn't hide his shameful moments, the most cringeworthy experiences of his life, but instead shares them and freely offers his judgement that they were stupid, unforgivable things to do. Not only is this an honest book, it is also well written (albeit with a few slips into that trademark Essex grammar), full of sharp insight, funny musings, a few wonderfully Brand-esque flights of language and a wealth of artistic, literary and cultural references that any professor would be proud of. Even in paperback there are also photos, letters and extracts from his rehab diaries, amongst other things, scattered throughout its pages, which helps put faces to names and in many cases brings a poignant reminder that these hellish experiences were very real.All in all, I was surprised by this book, even as a Brand fan. Having eagerly read Peter Kay's 'The Sound of Laughter' a while back and been disappointed by how his comedic style translated so badly onto the page, I was delighted to find that 'My Booky Wook' is readable, compelling and has Russell Brand written all over it in a way that adds to its appeal rather than detracting from it. It is vibrant, honest, sexy, moving and despairing in turn, with an ultimate message of hope and redemption which left a smile on my face. I just hope it will open some people's eyes to the man behind the persona, the man inside it, the man entwined with it, who shimmers through in interviews and whose existence is so much more complex than many people realise.
kat2302 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've never been interested in Russell Brand. I don't find his stand up humour to be very funny and at time he can be quite irritating.Out of curiousity I read My Booky Wook and found it to be a very honest and shocking read. He describes his antics and previous drug addictions in a matter of fact way and uses them as an explanation for his outrageous behaviour. Having said that, it is a good read. It's worth reading once so that you can understand his wild nature and you do look at him with fresh eyes having known where he came from and what his history his. At times it can be quite funny and other times you're in shock reading about his escapades but it is in essence a good read.
EddieWinslow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Overall, a fairly entertaining memoir from Brand about his sketchy past. More than a few parts had me laughing out loud, but I think the book may have been a bit longer than it needed to be. That being said however, he actually did not go into as much detail as I had expected about his drug addiction; a fact that I found mildly disappointing. Pretty funny and enjoyable book.
princessponti on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, having been a fan of Russell for a while I really wanted to find out more about him, and this book delivers. Russell talks you through his childhood into his early days of fame and divulges many of his embarrassing moments and indiscretions along the way. There were quite a few moments in this book where I found myself not liking him as much as I thought I did, and had to remind myself that he is explaining the events that have made him who he is today, and is not necessarily representative of his current personality. He tells his story in his own unique way, which is really enjoyable, particularly if you're a fan as you can really hear him talking as he does on stage, with all the flourishes and campness you would expect. It is a deeply personal autobiography, where Russell really lays himself open through some very difficult times in his life. For me, it was also quite an eye opener into a world of drug taking, the levels of which I haven¿t seen / experienced. Overall, I would recommend this book to any fan that wants to know Russell better, and anybody else that wants an insight into a troubled mind. I still love him!
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