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      23.06.2010 20:02
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      Brutally honest and funny

      Frank Skinner is a comedian from West Bromwich, in reality his name is Christopher Skinner and he had to work incredibly hard to make the breakthrough in comedy and like most comedians there is an element of sadness behind those eyes.

      I bought the hardback of this book in 2003 for 12.99 which was a huge sum for a book, but it was when he was at his peak, just after Three Lions and Euro 2000. I was a big fan of his honest, smutty comedy and found him very personable on the television.

      The book like any autobiography tells the story of a boy with a passion for humour and West Bromwich Albion, Skinner is at his best when talking about his beloved West Bromwich, like any real footy fan he experiences more lows than highs and there is real passion and humour in his writing on this subject.

      The book is interesting on a number of levels as Skinner has a degree from Adult education and clearly is keen to develop and better himself, but he was also an alcoholic and is honest and brutal in his assessments of himself as a person during this period.

      The book is a real mix of the laddish humour for which Skinner became famous, with plenty of one liners and some really emphatic drama which puts his career on stage into focus. We read as Skinner moves up the comedy ladder, working for years in small clubs before achieving fame, he is honest enough to admit what work was rubbish, but does at times come across as somewhat self obsessed and vain.

      Overall, however I found the book a really good read and nowadays you can easily get a copy for 1p on Amazon Marketplace (But obviously beware of delivery costs people!!!).

      The book is wordy, well written, mixes bawdy humour with moments of degradation, sadness and real joy, such as the realisation that 3 Lions had caught the attention of the nation in 2000.

      I like this book and would recommend it as one of the better autobiographies from modern comedians on the market.

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        16.06.2010 12:03

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        Classic Frank humour and a great insight into his life

        Many autobiographies are bland, boring and rarely delve beneath the surface of a celebrity and leave you none-the-wiser about the person, aside from a few extra anecdotes.

        Nothing could be further from the truth in this book.

        Frank is frank, brutally honest and holds no emotion back.
        You really feel like he put a lot of care and attention into writing it.

        Alongside the hilarious anecdotes are insights into his life and the trials and tribulations he has been through as an alcoholic. He hides nothing and shows far more honesty on embarrassing topics than I would care to share with anyone!

        He actually goes through a break-up during the book. It starts with him going out with someone and then sometime in the middle of writing the book they split and Frank writes a little piece about. Nothing is private or held back.

        But more than anything, this book is FUNNY.
        You are obviously considering buying the book because you like his sense of humour. If this is the case, you will be laughing out loud very often. His timing in writing is as good as when he's on stage. Classic moments eloquently transferred to the page.

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        22.09.2009 15:49
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        A great read by Frank

        This is Frank Skinner's autobiography. Now, I've read a few celebrity autobiographies, most of them not written by the person in question and most not really saying much at all. This is the opposite. It's clearly been written by the man himself and it is so honest and revealing, that you wonder how he still goes out in public. Some of the things he talks about - his encounter with a prostitute for example - are not the usual standard fare and the details are excruciating.

        Frank didn't become famous until he was into his thirties, so much of the book is before this period, but instead of being dull, it is actually really good and really funny. He places short moments of his famous life throughout the non-famous section too, if you like to get to that bit quickly.

        Even if you don't like Frank (and I admit I do) then this is well worth a read. It's only a few quid - one of the best books I've ever read and definitely the best autobiography.

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        24.02.2009 22:43
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        good read

        This autobiography is a great read. Its very frank, funny and compelling in parts. When i first began reading i was a little confused as he jumps from childhood/adulthood each paragraph. After a while this is something you get used to and it really keeps your interest. His life is extremely interesting which was a little surprising to me. (I bought the book at a charity shop for 99p as a little extra holiday read so not something i intended to purchase)

        This book is very good at making you laugh out loud then cry then cringe. He goes through so much in his life that you just cant put the book down. The part about Corky the prostitute is particually disgusting (a definate cringe moment).

        It took me just 2 days to read and im sure that the people on the next sun lounger thought i was mad laughing out loud so much!

        I would definately reccommend this book to anyone who likes autobiographies. Its really good. Dont forget about charity shops though - you can get some great reads for pennies then return them to sell again, everyone wins!!

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          10.05.2006 20:13
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          funny, honest, real

          i have been a fan of Frank since his fantasy football days so was looking forward to reading more about him and I was not disappointed. This book is full of funny gags and annecdotes but Frank also addresses some of the more serious aspects of his life such as his religion and his battle with alcohol in a refreshingly honest manner. he makes no apology for laughing at his own jokes either! After I read this I had a lot of respect for Frank as a person, not just a comedian and you do feel like you know a lot about him after reading it, unlike some autobiographies where you get the feeling that you are only being given the tip of the ice berg.
          Interesting and funny, even to those who arent die hard fans.
          He doesnt tell the story in the common manner ie. from birth to now, but instead flits from past to present in no particular order.His humour is at times, cringemaking and may offend some but I would imagine that if you know a little bit about Frank already you will be expecting that! A very good read that I have read again and again and still laughed out loud!

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            21.04.2006 17:00
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            Frank reveals his entertaining experiences of growing up in the black country to celebrity stardom

            IN A SENTENCE WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?

            Frank Skinner's first autobiography - an entertaining, deeply candid laddish trawl through the ups and downs of his life and career from his working class background in the West Midlands to his notoriety as a popular entertainer.



            WHAT MADE ME BUY IT?

            It was through The Frank Skinner Show in the nineties that I first became aware of Frank Skinner (born Chris Collins). This was probably the first chat show I had seen that had an ordinary bloke chatting to stars as if they were ordinary themselves. Which of course they are (but try telling some of them that!) The only person who had got anywhere close to his down-to-earth informal interviewing style was Chris Evans on TFI Friday. Although I thought he was missing something Frank had. The talent for natural acerbic wit mainly, I think. Since then Jonathan Ross has stepped into his shoes becoming the nation's (highly paid!) favourite.

            There are a couple of sides we see of Frank Skinner. The comedian and the football fan. I didn't buy the book because I am particularly a big fan of either of his personas. It was a bit of intrigue about how someone from his background became famous that did it for me and it didn't seem to be a long-winded self-congratulatory pat on the back like many autobiographies are. And to be honest this was a keenly priced weighty book that would provide many an hour of bedside /train journeyed reading.



            A BOOK OF REVELATIONS

            Although this book doesn't spill the beans on some big celebrity scandal, it reveals a side to Frank that we previously hadn't seen. Under that confident (slightly cocky) comedy character is a thoughtful deeply philosophical side which comes through as he recounts anecdotes and looks back on periods of his life as if they are separate. Which I suppose they are. This is his life story - honest but never dull.

            He starts off with life growing up on a tough council estate and his developing passion for football as an ardent West Bromich Albion supporter. Then his dark decent into alcoholism which resulted in him being kicked out of school. Followed by various jobs he took on - like the one at the drawing office which he would skive off to the pub from with no one apparently noticing. Leading to the life changing moment when he gained an MA in English Literature. He goes on to describe his first stand up gig in 1987 and his first television appearance a year later. Also the time he shared a flat with David Baddiel as they dreamt up Fantasy Football - the show which changed Chris Collins into Frank Skinner - the celebrity we know today.

            Born from quite a rough family background, he tells of his dad a typically man's man who once said, "there wasn't one working class, there was two. And we should see ourselves as being in working class division one."

            This is a melting pot of various experiences perhaps many of us have faced like bullying and being bullied and forming a band (although he was completely unable to play an instrument), as well as others only he could have had - like an ode he wrote and performed to DH Lawrence to the tune of 'When I'm Cleaning Windows.' He also shares some entertaining tongue-in-cheek prayers he once wrote to God.

            As well as a taste of his wit we get to read about local idiosyncrasies like dwarf wrestling and newspaper called the Smethwick Telephone. What stands out though is the ease of which he comes out with revelations such as lying to his local authority about the length of a course when applying for a grant. Something, in fact, he never told his parents.



            WRITING STYLE

            Whilst he goes through an experience from his past, the next paragraph of the book may suddenly fast-forward to his time of writing the book. The juxtaposition can be strange at times like when he tells of his dad in a fit of rage throwing their rented telly out of the window and the next: a journal which starts with "Unplanned live at the Shaftesbury seems to be going pretty well, but we had a bit of a hiccup just before the second show…"But I think it helps break up the book into something manageable.

            He didn't set out to do this, explaining, "but thought it would help you because celebrities' pre-celebrity lives aren't necessarily all that interesting to read about and I hoped regular helpings of showbiz-glitter would help you through it".

            The book certainly doesn't focus on the fame of celebrity stardom. That doesn't matter to me - it would bore me to tears. In fact his life as a performer is not properly covered until late on in the book. What are more entertaining are the trials and tribulations he goes through in his youth with such clarity they must be etched in his mind.



            EMBARRASING SNAPS

            While some stars would keep their family snaps firmly locked away with only those which show them at their best seeing the light of day, Frank has thought to hell with that. Over a few pages we get an album of him as a bonny baby growing up into a typical scrawny long curly-haired youth from the 60s, into a troubled rebel hidden by copious amounts of facial hair and into his present incarnation.

            Everything from one of those photos taken in a Photo-me booth on a Passport to Leisure (whatever one of those is), issued by the City of Birmingham's Department of Recreation and Community Services…. to him on the back of his mate's scooter… to posing as Eminem with the skinnerettes.



            MY IMPRESSIONS

            Impressions (if you've watched The Frank Skinner Show) you'll realise Frank is not very good at them. But that doesn't matter they are funny nonetheless.

            Anyway, sorry gone off a tangent there. Now to my impressions of the book. I would recommend this book, even if you are not a big Frank Skinner fan just to read the peculiar laugh-out-loud-funny experiences from his childhood in the black country. The book isn't all about football either.

            He writes very crisply and succinctly (perhaps gained from studying English) in a style that's very readable. Conversational, I suppose you could call it. He attempts to write, and he has pointed this out in the book, as though you are one of his friends.

            As individual and personal an autobiography can be. It can be summed up in his premise - when he says he will tell you more about himself than he has ever told a best friend - believe it, he will.



            OTHER INFO

            * Published by Century London
            * 1st published 2001
            * Hardback
            * 327 pages
            * Original price £16.99 - I managed to pick mine up for £5.99 in a discount book store a couple of years ago.



            *This review was previously published ny myself, aka simoncjones, at Ciao

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              27.08.2003 07:53
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              I have always found Frank Skinner a very funny man. But you dont realise how funny until you read this book. It is hilarious!!! But its not all funny, there are some really touching moments as he talks about his parents, his relationships and his love of the game he couldnt play himself, football. The way he has structured the book is pure genius as well, it is almost as if he is sat in front of you talking away. The way he talks about his past and the goes off in little tangets comes back again and then starts talking about current events in his life is wonderful. There are very touching moments in the bits where he is writing about things happening during the writing of the book. When you read this book, you'll laugh, cry and be discussed by some things he has done including loosing his virginity on a bet with a prosistute. He describes that in great detail. You come away from reading this book knowing more about Frank Skinner the man and the comic as well as how much harder it is to be funny than you might think. You also come away from this book wanting more. Not that is too short you just found it such a good read that its hard to finish.

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                06.07.2003 15:08
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                Friday morning, I sat down by the beach in the blazing sunshine and opened Frank Skinner's daringly titled autobiography "Frank Skinner" - amazing how creative these comedy geniuses can get. Anyway, I very quickly found myself attracting strange looks as I cackled away. Its now Sunday morning and I've finished it already (it took Frank 6 months apparently - slow reader!) This doesn't happen too often but when it does, its a pretty good sign of a really good read. For those of you scratching your heads trying to figure out why you know the name, Frank is perhaps most famous for being the ugly one on Fantasy Football League, 4 series of which were produced to great acclaim in the mid nineties. In addition, together with his comedy partner David Baddiel (the better looking one), and Ian Broudie of the Lightning Seeds, he is responsible for writing one of the greatest football anthems ever - Three Lions - you know the one: "Its coming home, its coming home, its coming, football's coming home" - yes that one. So popular its been to number 1 twice in 2 different versions (Bohemian Rhapsody needed over 20 years and the death of Freddie Mercury to achieve the same feat). In telling his story, Skinner employs a prose style which I can best describe as being like one of his monologues - if you read it with a Brummie accent, particularly the gags, you can really hear him chatting away. The book is deliberately non-chronological so that the reader is not left waiting for its subject to become famous. Thus we find Skinner's working class childhood juxtaposed with the success of his later years. It is a style that works well although Skinner expresses his concern every now and then that the reader might be getting bored. Maybe this lack of security is due to the fact that this is his first book but it is totally unwarranted. The rags to riches genre is generally interesting and when, as in this case, it includes a childhoo
                d full of colourful characters, misbehaviour at and ultimately expulsion from school and a decade lost in the writer's memory due to the ravages of alcohol, it is generally going to be the source of a good number of amusing anecdotes. In particular Skinner waxes on the great loves of his life; football (in particular a tragic love of West Bromwich Albion), Elvis and sex (in particular of the anal variety). In effect he comes over as a bloke with whom you could quite happily while away the hours with, talking about the merits of 3-5-2 as opposed to 4-4-2, trading opinions on music and chatting about the opposite sex in a knowing, laddish way. At the same time, he points out that he hasn't had a drink since September 1987 and is a (semi) practising Roman Catholic at a time when admitting to being so is likely to draw dirty looks - so he's hardly the new lad that he has often been made out to be. Skinner comes over as being a bit like a slightly weedy kid in class who learned lots of jokes to avoid getting the shit kicked out of him but then took things one stage further, got lucky very quickly (although not without a hell of a lot of hard work) and now has to keep pinching himself to believe that its really true. I say good luck to him - he has a talent for making people laugh and anyone who has made me laugh as much and as heartily as he has done over the years deserves to reap the fruits. Some bloke once said "fact is stranger than fiction" - that's why I prefer reading fact. Although this is a fairly standard rags to riches tale, it is told very well, with a lot of humour and plenty of nob gags. It had me tittering away throughout and I can only heartily recommend it as a result.

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                  28.06.2003 08:20
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                  I’ve never really watched ‘The Frank Skinner Show’ or even ‘Baddiel and Skinner unplanned’. In fact I would have had no intention of purchasing Frank Skinner’s autobiography. I received it as a gift and had to persuade myself to read it, and I’m glad I did. Frank is a very funny man and this is ultimately proved in his autobiography. Each page offers a laugh, a laugh that you will accept with compliments. This book is unlike any other autobiography I have ever read. The manner in which it is written is unique and is very effective. Most autobiographies begin at the beginning of the subject’s life through to the present. The book mixes the present with the past. Frank claims he doesn’t like autobiographies, ‘I’ve read the odd biography and I usually give up after about fifty pages because we’re on chapter four and he’s still at school. I hate all that early-life stuff. Who wants to know where his grandad was born and that his earliest memory was of staring a stained-glass window at his auntie’s house in Sadbury? By this stage I’m shouting, ‘hurry up and get famous, you bastard, or I’m switching to Hasselhof.’’ Everything you would expect of a Frank Skinner autobiography is contained within this book. His childhood, his friendship with David Baddiel, ‘The Three Lions’ song, numerous references to ‘Baddiel and Skinner unplanned’ and ‘The Frank Skinner show’ and of course girls, lots of girls! The book is witty, explicit and enjoyable. If you don’t like the book then there’s always the ‘Skinner family album’ to fall back on (featured within the book), which is quite amusing. In the words of Lorraine Kelly, ‘a rattling good read’. Oh okay just one more extract then. ‘On one occasion when I was about ten, I picked up the bucket to have a nocturna
                  l piss. One of my brothers had been on the beer and the bucket was heavy with about four or five pints of urine. I picked it up, essential in the circumstances unless you have a night-sight fitted, but the handle was soaked. A five-pint-wet-handle combo is deadly, and no sooner had I raised the bucket to waist height than it slipped out of my grasp. Obviously, the spillage potential was enormous but by what seemed at first a stroke of good fortune, the bucket landed firmly on its base and remained upright. Then came the second tremor. The impact of the bucket landing with such a thud caused the liquid to surge up into a sort of tidal wave and fire a ball of piss full into my unsuspecting, ten-year-old face. Meanwhile, almost certainly at the same moment, some unknown chappie who was born in the right place to the right class of family was using the exact same principal to create a tequila slammer in a Soho bar’. Fantastic.

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                    13.09.2002 21:16
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                    I guarantee that this book will make you laugh your socks off. I am not particularly ‘into’ Frank Skinner, although I do try to catch his show on TV when I can, and I must admit that the only reason I bought this book is because it was included in one of those ‘three for two’ price offers in Waterstones, and I needed stuff to read for my holiday. Having read and enjoyed it, I am now SO glad I grabbed it from that shelf as an afterthought. Unlike most autobiographies, which start with the writer’s childhood and then proceed to talk you through their life, year by year, Skinner starts in the present and weaves interesting stories from his past with things that are happening currently in his life. So we get the lurid details of his encounter with a back street prostitute (stomach churningly graphic, but somehow still entertaining) interspersed with the painful feelings he goes through during the breakup of the relationship he was in when he started writing the book. This approach is refreshing and powerful – you really feel like you get to know the guy, and you can’t fail to like him. Skinner doesn’t shy away from topics that may reflect badly on him or prove uncomfortable reading, covering his alcohol abuse, experiences as a school bully and his initial faltering steps into comedy. His honesty and total lack of self importance is refreshing and warms the reader to him. He seems to use the book as a kind of therapy, a way of trying to make sense of his rise from alcoholic factory worker to respected, famous comedian. Football fans will enjoy the many references to important games and events, including Skinners’ contribution to the 1998 European cup, the ‘Three Lions’ song. Skinner also constantly mentions his adoration and support of West Bromwich Albion FC, but we can forgive him for that because the rest of his observations are just so damn funny! Al
                    l in all, Frank Skinner comes across as a man who may appear to have it all, but is at heart just an ordinary guy who has this uncanny ability to find humour in apparently humourless situations. There are moments in the book that will make you laugh out loud. Read it, you won’t be disappointed.

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                      27.07.2002 21:47
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                      Now i'm not a great reader of biographies or in this case autobiograhies, but this has to be one of the funniest ever written.I only bought the book because i'm a fan of Frank Skinner and because i very much like his humour on television.He tells his life up to date in his own humourous way just how he performs on the television and this is why the book is so funny.For anyone out there who appreciates Frank's humour, then this is the book for you, even if you don't normally read.Frank has this great knack of turning a what would be a normal working class life story told by most of us into one of the most humourous stories of growing up.I highly reccomend this book as it is one of the best that i've had the pleasure to read.The only down side is that it tends to switch between present day and his growing up with no chapters in the book.

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                        Okay so I'm not a big autobiography fan and you're probably wondering why did I read this then. Well I first started liking Frank Skinner only recently, watching his chat show. I then saw the book over christmas and had some book tokens and though well I might aswell buy it and see what he's got to say for himself, maybe pick up a few funny gags. I was utterly amazed at the effect this book had on me. At the time I was going through a break up with my Girlfriend who I'd been with for 2 years and I was a bit confused, you know how it is. Anyway the things he explains about his life and the things he has come to realise really opened my eyes. The book is in no set chronological order and so you don't have any parts where you need to skip chapters to get to the bit he losses his virginity to a prostitute! very graphically shocking! It is also written in a way that makes you feel like he's actually telling you about it and wants you to know, kind of building a friendship with his readers. Due to the fact he was always good at English and actually studied it at university he should be pretty good at it, and he is. He was born and brought up in a working class environment with a poor family in a rough area. He goes on to be basically a loser drunk who hangs out in the pub all the time waiting to become good at making music. Doesn't happen and he ends up doing comedy, this eventually takes off and he has a stuttering but eventually very successful career. This rise to fame and fortune is entwined with stories of women and drinking. I'd say that this book is very much for the blokes out there but to be honest thats just a sexist point of view, girls who read this will inevitably be shocked but also may learn one or two things about the opposite sex. There's a part in this book where Frank talks about breaking up with his wife and his girlfriend and then explains that you cannot be friends wit
                        h someone after you know what their genitals look like! I came to my decision then and there I was no longer going to try and be friends with my ex. Can't happen won't happen and there's no point in pretending. There are a few gags in the book that may be offensive and a lot of things that he says about his life are shocking but he is brutally honest and this only adds to the enjoyment. It has the occasional tear jerking moment, but who's life doesn't? I'd definetly recomend this to most people who enjoy his comedy. I'll leave you with a taster of one of his routines: 'I used to work as a children's entertainer and I was thinking I can't call myself Chris Collins (Franks real name!) I have to have a name that associated with kids. So I thought about noises they make and came up with "Berdum-Berdum!" The Audience stays silent confused! "Well you've obviously never ran one over then!"' Happy reading! Steven

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                          I am a big fan of Frank Skinner. I watch all his shows and laugh at bits that nobody else finds vaguely amusing. When Skinner’s autobiography was published it went straight to the top of my Christmas list – unfortunately nobody took any damn notice! The first thing I did after Christmas was dash out and buy a copy of ‘Frank Skinner’ by Frank Skinner and I was not disappointed. I think that in order to appreciate this book you must be enjoy black comedy and be totally unshockable. Skinner talks about masturbation and sexual activities like most people would discuss the weather. His book is littered with tales of pornography, prostitution and pints! Frank (I feel that I can call him by his first name now that I have spent two days getting to know him initimately!) adopts a strange style of writing which I originally didn’t warm to. He flits about in time and fails to follow a chronological order justifying this by saying that he thinks that the reader only wants an insight into the past and is more interested in the fame and fortune bits. Actually this is true. I am currently reading the autobiographies of two other stars at the moment yet cannot get past Chapter 3. The reason being that they are dwelling too long in the past about their terrible childhoods and working class roots when what I hunger for is the limelight! Within a couple of pages I started to enjoy the book and then there was no stopping me. It is quite a while since I read a book that I could not put down but this was definitely one of those books. I spent two evenings rolling about on the settee laughing out loud at Frank’s stories. My husband kept asking what I was laughing at but the tales were so rude that I felt embarrassed sharing them with him! My Dad came round on New Years Eve and picked up the book to have a scan – that was the last we saw of him, head in the book he laughed raucously all night long and then
                          gave me a lecture about reading such filthy material. Frank doesn’t write in chapters but in paragraphs. He states that he does this as her realises that people have hectic lives and need to pick up the book and read a chunk rather than having to tackle a full chapter at one go. This also works well as if you become addicted (like I did) you can find suitable breaking off points to do the essentials like feed the baby and go to the toilet! Skinner has led an interesting life to say the least. Without spoiling the book I will give you a short insight. He was born Chris Collins and grew up in the West Midlands. As you may be aware if you watched him on television, he is an avid football fan and supports West Bromwich Albion – being a loyal Barnsley fan I can share his pain on this one! Frank spent his youth entertaining others which led to him being expelled from school and developing an alcohol problem He eventually got back on track and gained two degrees in English Literature. Frank is a devout Catholic and is a reformed alcoholic. He tells honestly of his love of alcohol and women and also speaks candidly about his religious beliefs. Frank married for just ten months and tells of the bitter divorce and his inner feelings when his ex-wife sold their story. He lifts all of the dark times with his black comedy and always finds something funny to lament about such as the fact that he is rather pleased that the story got a 2 page spread because it is a direct indication of his fame! Frank’s career in comedy was not an immediate success and he tells of the many occasions when he didn’t go down well. His sheer determination paid off when he was awarded the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival. He then went on to work in television although this too had its ups and downs with viewers complaining about his material. In 1990 he formed the partnership with David Baddiel and created Fantasy Footba
                          ll League the hit TV series. The rest as they say is history. The autobiography contains photographs Frank from one year old up to the present day. The photographs are produced on glossy paper and all have explanations quoted by Frank himself. The book is currently only published in hardback and a bit pricey at £16-99 although W H Smith’s have it on offer at half price in their sale! I would not recommend that anyone reads this book as it is sooooo rude! If you have a dirty sense of humour and don’t mind literature scattered with expletives then go ahead, if not stay well clear – this book could seriously damage your health!

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                            03.01.2002 17:58
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                            I bought this book for my girlfriend to read on a recent holiday in Tenerife - and found myself laughing out loud.... I quite like autobiographies. I don't like football. I have no particular feelings about Christians. (I probably am one myself, simply by the default of not being anything else - but that's another opinion...) I very much like Frank Skinner. My girlfriend loves autobiographies and Frank Skinner so I thought it would be the perfect holiday book for her - It was... I read it myself, whenever it was free, and I thought it was one of the funniest books I have ever read. The book is written as if you're just talking (or listening) to the man run through his thoughts from his childhood, his religion, his demons, his loves, his sex life, everything. Almost like his stage act he moves from present to past and then back to present with an irreverence that is at time shocking, but always refreshing and hilarious. In one small step he talks about his teenage years watching wrestling on TV and live in pubs and clubs, then takes that anecdote and skilfully turns it into an analogy about his relationship with his religion, giving you an insight into a man with a deeply moving approach to God. Then, in his imitable style, he starts the next paragraph with a "F*ck" or some other swear word or profanity, and there seems to be no conflict in that - you warm to the man's style and his humour. Buy this book - I laughed out loud.... (How many books can make you do that nowadays ?)

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                              16.11.2001 17:43
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                              If you are easily offended then do not read this book. From the first page to the last it is full of sex. It was my birthday recently and knowing that I love this bloke to bits,it was given to me as a present. I am a bit of a ladette, I love football,which is Franks greatest passion, next to sex that is! I read a lot of autobiographys, but this is different to what I am used to. Normaly the Author starts and the beginning of his/her life and works up to present day.But Frank is always here and now, and kind of looks back for a few paragraphs and then talks about the actual day, the day he writing a particular part of the book. Really it's one long stand up gig, but in written form, which is in my opinion his coping mechanism, a little like myself, he finds something funny to say in the sadest of moments, of which he has his fair share. He made me feel like I was a good mate of his (I wish!), it's like he is opening up to you, sharing private and sad moments. He talks about his passion of football a lot, his upbringing as a catholic, his alcohol addiction, the loves of his life, and his long road to becoming a famous.You really will be suprised at what he has gone through in his 44 years of life. He still cannot believe he is famous, it's all like a huge dream come true to him, he does'nt come accross as a show off when he talks about all the stars he mixes with, most of them he has spent his life looking up to them. On every single page of the book there is talk of his sex life, he shoots right from the hip about his sexual prefrences, and I don't even know if I am allowed to say this, but, the words 'Blow Job', 'anal sex'and 'wanking', are as frequent in the book as the word ,'The'.Along with some REALLY strong language. So, if these offend you, forget it. Frank,(born Chris Colins, how wierd does that sound!?)is a 'Lad, he is a mans man,
                              and why, god only knows, he is just so sexy. I have got a thing about him, and despite some of the things he talks about, that I wish he had'nt, to be honest,I still feel the same way about him as I did before I read his book. The only difference now, is that I feel I know Frank inside out and back to front. I don't want to tell you too much, I really don't want to spoil a second of it for you. If you like Frank Skinner, any of his t.v. shows, then you will love the book. It is full of laughs, all mixed in with some really sad moments,just when you think he has come over all serious, there will be one word, one line that will crease you up. The booked was published by Centuary,(www.randomhouse.co.uk) and my hard back copy cost £16.99 and even though I did'nt pay for the book myself, it is worth every single penny. It's the funniest thing I have read.

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                              Winner of the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival, Frank Skinner's humour is a mixture of laddishness and philosophy. This is the story of the highs and lows of his life and career. He tells how he inherited his father's passion for football, as well as his passion for alcohol.