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Russell Brand learned early on to make a joke of fear and failure. From a troubled childhood in industrial Essex, England, to his descent into addictions to alcohol, drugs, and sex in the seamy underbelly of London, Brand has seen his share of both and miraculously lived to tell the tale. In My Booky Wook he leads readers on a rollicking journey through his disastrous school career, his infamous antics on MTV, and his multifarious sexual adventures. But this irreverent memoir is a story not simply of struggle but also of redemption, a testament to the difficulty of discovering what you want from life and the remarkable power of a bloody-minded determination to get it. My Booky Wook is a giddy trip through the brilliant mind of one of Britain's most valuable exports.

Topics: England, Funny, Drugs, Contemplative, Philosophical, Addiction, Fame, Acting, Celebrities, Sex, Alcoholism, and British Author

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Much better written than I expected! But my god, what a terrible person.

I was, however, charmed by the footnotes he apparently added for the US edition, explaining various UK cultural references. I more
I don't particularly care for the autobiographies of people who aren't dead, but since this reads as the autobiography of a person who could quite easily have been dead, it more or less fits my prerequisite for biography reading.

I find Russell Brand very funny. He has a smart and irreverent sense of humour, which is present in this well-written and not surprisingly erudite book. Brand talks candidly about his drug problems and sex addiction as well as his his formative years and thirst for fame.

You can't read this book without feeling a little sympathy for Brand as he just spirals further and further out of control, but you also can't escape really disliking this egotistical and self-destructive character who doesn't give a shit about the impact of his actions on others, or possibly doesn't care if he comes across as unapologetic.

Overall, it was a funny read and I still have a lot of time for Brand's off-kilter humour and think it's awesome that he's clean and sober and speaks out for addiction as an illness. The book certainly didn't make me dislike him (beyond certain moments).

Though, three stars because I can't seem to want to give it more than that.more
My primary take-away from My Booky Wook is to never invite Russell Brand to any party I'm throwing. All that other stuff about how heroin is a bad idea, as well as cocaine and indiscriminate sex, I'd pretty much already figured out. Still, if not instructional (not many people are in danger of wanting to do the things Brand gets up to on an ordinary afternoon), it is entertaining. Brand has a charming, self-effacing wit that extracts sympathy through some very extreme examples of poor impulse control. He knows he's being an enormous jerk, but still, it's all a bit funny, isn't it? And it generally is, not as it actually happened (I suspect), but in how Brand tells the story afterward. The result is a sort of odd mix of Sid Vicious and Michael Palin; debauchery written about by a guy who really loves his Mom and his cat.more
Before the MTV Music Video awards in 2009, I had no idea who Russell Brand was. I only watched part of the MTV Music Video Awards that year because of my sister (Ah, the year that Kanye West was mean to little Taylor Swift). When this loud, rather obnoxious British man came out and began yelling, I was like WTF? Do people really find him funny?As it would turn out, Brand would make many more appearances on my TV. He would also go onto marry the goddess known as Katy Perry. Finally, tired of feeling like I was out of some Russell-Brand-Is-God loop, I decided to read his book. I am very glad that I did.Russell Brand is not god, though he does look disturbingly like every single painting of Jesus I have ever seen. What Brand is is a very funny, but troubled man. He’s also colossally charming. If a person can charm you from the pages of a book, they are pretty damned charming. What I ended up liking the best about Brand was his honesty. He is completely honest (it would seem. I wasn’t there, so he could be lying) about his struggle with drugs and sex addiction. Brand also discusses his very troubled childhood, unconventional upbringing, and his somewhat bizarre rise to fame.I enjoyed this autobiography (which he wrote all by himself. Kudos Mr. Brand!) tremendously. I feel like I finally “get” why people like him and I don’t think I would have “gotten” it if I hadn’t read his book. I have his second book waiting for me and I am equally thrilled to read it.I read quite a few autobiographies and memoirs and Brand’s is definitely one of the most enjoyable, entertaining, sad, and relate-able, that I have read. I definitely recommend this book!more
This is the story of Russell Brand, from childhood to his shoot to stardom. It's not a very easy read, although once I got used to the vernacular (and the footnotes that explained some of them were excellent help) it went a lot smoother. He seemed to be very honest in this memoir, telling about a lot of his down and out times. It was a great book about his problem with drugs and the way he overcame them. Uplifting, inspiring, and sometimes even funny!more
Now, why did I read this book? The best answer is that I enjoyed the way e played the character in the movie 'Bedtime Stories.' This story explores, in depth, his addiction to alcohol, drugs, and sex. Don't even pick it up if you think you might find it offensice because you will.Russell mentions toward the very end of the book that the addiction center which helped him with his sex addiction expects their clients to make amends rather than apologizing for them. Throughout the book Russell occasionally mentions how awful it was that he treated some women certain ways. However, I don't believe I ever read anything that seemed apologetic in his writings, or which mentioned apologizing to any of them or how he may have made amends. And so I wonder if he is sorry or not. There were a couple of places where he appeared to regret his actions but he neer fully formed such an idea to that extent.Do I have hope for him? Yeah, I guess so. The book was only written in 2007 and he isn't dead yet or back in an addiction center. I just found that he is engaged to Katy Perry. interesting. The writing of this book shows that he is in fact an intelligent person. He just doesn't make good judgments about what is acceptable risque behaviour and what is unacceptable risque behaviour. more
It was fun. Brand is reckless and funny. If you enjoy his stand up, as I do, you’ll enjoy this book. Essentially, it’s more of the same. I went through this book very quickly and looked forward to reading it every day. It was simply enjoyable. In many ways, Brand is like Tucker Max. He writes of these tales of drunken/drugged up shenanigans that are filled with hookers/strippers/strangers who he exploits for his own selfish reasons. Brand is an addict in many different ways and although reading his anecdotes was fun, it was also very sad. It’s interesting to hear about someone living his life as a horny cartoon character, but to realize that it isn’t fiction is heartbreaking.The book ends on a positive note, which made things a little better. He may have been a hedonistic, self-absorbed bastard in the beginning, but he’s all better now. Even when I was reading about how he spent his grandmother’s fixed income on heroin, I couldn’t help but like him. He’s charismatic and is capable of expressing his thoughts in well-worded and intelligent ways.more
My Booky Wook is a confessional full of embarrassing and oftentimes disturbing events and choices in Brand's life eventually leading him to rehab for drugs (and later sex addiction). While Brand constantly desires to become famous, he continually commits one self-destructive act after another. Everything is presented for you, the reader, in Brand's clever and (somewhat) literary voice. Brand is perceptive, irreverent and too funny.more
My Rating: AMy Review: At first this book was hard to get into. Russell Brand has a very scatterbrained type of comedy and his writing is pretty much the same. But after getting into the rhythm I was able to enjoy it. Many times I felt that he was hilarious and when he was serious it was very easy to take him seriously, which I sometimes find hard with comedians.The book didn't always seem to follow an even remotely linear time path, but it made of for this confusion by completely bringing you to the present anecdote he was talking about.The best thing about this book was that for someone who acted so selfishly for most of his life, you could tell that he loves so much the people who took care of him when he was at his worst. This is a great book for lovers of Brand and it will help you see why he his who he his and why things that he talks about are funny.more
This book oozes with Russell Brand's intellect and sense of humor. It's written just as he speaks and his voice echoed in my head as I read it. Therefore, if you love Russell Brand, you'll probably love this book. If you don't find him amusing, you won't like the book either. One thing I have to say is that this is more the childhood memories of a man who went on to a life of "Sex, Drugs, and Stand-Up". Chapter one opens with Russell in a sort of rehab clinic for sex addicts. The last chapter comes full-circle. But the majority of the book is about Russell's younger years and about him scrabbling around for fame. Once it gets to the point where he's truly addicted to drugs, the narrative loses a bit (likely because Russell's memories from that period are sketchy at best). I really enjoyed the memoir, but a memoir of addiction it is not. Regardless, we are blessed to have a clean and sober Russell Brand today as the man is a comic genius.more
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.more
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.more
hmm, The book is written in a very edgy style, but I was a bit disgusted with his antics. Drugs are the excuse for all sorts of bad behavior. He seems to "see the light" at the end of the book. But really, who cares? Really not worth reading.more
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.more
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!more
OK.Russell Brand is insane, intelligent,devilish,sex addicted,and a manic depressive drug addict.
I cannot explain why I adore him.Perhaps it is because of the truthful, 'self shaming' way he delivers his story.It is truly entertaining and masterful.more
Russell proves that he is insane, smart, and fun for audiences. If you like his voice in interviews and standup, you'll likely enjoy this book too. Read with a somber voice, this book would just be crazy and confusing. Read in Russell's voice, you get an insiders perspective of his mind, and way too much scary info about his exploits.

Trigger warning: if you're inclined towards drugs or are in rehab, best to avoid this book. I don't use drugs, but his descriptions made it sound enticing -- probably because the only explicit descriptions were of good highs, not the yucky aftermath, withdrawal, and collateral damage.

Love Russell, will go read his next book?more
wow, never read story like this ☆☆☆☆☆more
Can I just start by saying that, as a rule, I go out of my way to avoid 'celebrity' biogs? What on earth makes these tedious people think I want to read their ghost-written tales of the childhood trauma of once having been called Piggy in the playground I simply can't imagine.Add to that the chances of me liking the kind of person who admits to having stolen from friends and family, treated almost every woman he has ever known abominably and thrown away the kind of talent most of us would sacrifice a limb for on hard drugs, alcohol and casually mindless sex, and you'll see that the signs were never good for my enjoyment of this book.And yet the autobiography of British comedy's prettiest star, Russell Brand, is just like the man himself - potentially deeply irritating yet oddly engaging. Although no ghost-writer is credited , that isn't what immediately convinces me that My Booky Wook is all Russell's own work. Not only does the voice of the author ring entirely of Brand's own voice - he is far too proud (arrogant, some might say) of his talent to allow anyone else to steal even a ghost-writer's share of his thunder.So he's arrogant, selfish, dangerous and out of control. The adjective 'Byronic' is too easy a cop-out. And yet, Brand is not like the rest of us: while most of us would only need one of those flaws to guarantee a life of unpopularity - in Brand, if anything, each adds to his charm. It's jolly unfair and yet, in reading this book, I began to understand why it is so. There's something so nakedly honest in Brand's evaluation of his own failings and so courageous in the way he relates the story of a what must have been a pretty tough childhood with humour, understanding and a complete lack of self-pity that makes him impossible to dislike.Blessed with looks, immense charm and a huge comic talent Brand spent most of his early showbiz years with his finger firmly on the self-destruct button. Every time someone spotted and tried to nurture that talent his natural reaction was to sabotage everything with one or other of the addictions he seems to have fallen on like a contestant on a Cilla Black show confronted with with their adopted child.It could have been a tragic waste of a life and yet Russell was lucky enough to have the kind of good friends who refused to let him go under and after a number of arrests and a similar number of sackings, he attended rehab for both drug and sex addiction, and finally got his life back on course again. I think one of the greatest charms of this thoroughly likeable man is his almost-casual tolerance of the rest of the world and the people in it. During the journey related in My Booky Wook, he meets and spends time with homeless people, other addicts, even paedophiles and somehow manages to find a good side in every one of them Perhaps this is what makes the reader so reluctant to judge Russell's own failings. Though many of his problems may have been self-inflicted, we keep wishing him the best and are genuinely happy when, by the end of the book (which, though I probably don't need to mention this in the light of his comedy career, is also hilarious) he really seems to be in a much calmer and happier place. I for one, really hope that continues for him.more
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Much better written than I expected! But my god, what a terrible person.

I was, however, charmed by the footnotes he apparently added for the US edition, explaining various UK cultural references. I more
I don't particularly care for the autobiographies of people who aren't dead, but since this reads as the autobiography of a person who could quite easily have been dead, it more or less fits my prerequisite for biography reading.

I find Russell Brand very funny. He has a smart and irreverent sense of humour, which is present in this well-written and not surprisingly erudite book. Brand talks candidly about his drug problems and sex addiction as well as his his formative years and thirst for fame.

You can't read this book without feeling a little sympathy for Brand as he just spirals further and further out of control, but you also can't escape really disliking this egotistical and self-destructive character who doesn't give a shit about the impact of his actions on others, or possibly doesn't care if he comes across as unapologetic.

Overall, it was a funny read and I still have a lot of time for Brand's off-kilter humour and think it's awesome that he's clean and sober and speaks out for addiction as an illness. The book certainly didn't make me dislike him (beyond certain moments).

Though, three stars because I can't seem to want to give it more than that.more
My primary take-away from My Booky Wook is to never invite Russell Brand to any party I'm throwing. All that other stuff about how heroin is a bad idea, as well as cocaine and indiscriminate sex, I'd pretty much already figured out. Still, if not instructional (not many people are in danger of wanting to do the things Brand gets up to on an ordinary afternoon), it is entertaining. Brand has a charming, self-effacing wit that extracts sympathy through some very extreme examples of poor impulse control. He knows he's being an enormous jerk, but still, it's all a bit funny, isn't it? And it generally is, not as it actually happened (I suspect), but in how Brand tells the story afterward. The result is a sort of odd mix of Sid Vicious and Michael Palin; debauchery written about by a guy who really loves his Mom and his cat.more
Before the MTV Music Video awards in 2009, I had no idea who Russell Brand was. I only watched part of the MTV Music Video Awards that year because of my sister (Ah, the year that Kanye West was mean to little Taylor Swift). When this loud, rather obnoxious British man came out and began yelling, I was like WTF? Do people really find him funny?As it would turn out, Brand would make many more appearances on my TV. He would also go onto marry the goddess known as Katy Perry. Finally, tired of feeling like I was out of some Russell-Brand-Is-God loop, I decided to read his book. I am very glad that I did.Russell Brand is not god, though he does look disturbingly like every single painting of Jesus I have ever seen. What Brand is is a very funny, but troubled man. He’s also colossally charming. If a person can charm you from the pages of a book, they are pretty damned charming. What I ended up liking the best about Brand was his honesty. He is completely honest (it would seem. I wasn’t there, so he could be lying) about his struggle with drugs and sex addiction. Brand also discusses his very troubled childhood, unconventional upbringing, and his somewhat bizarre rise to fame.I enjoyed this autobiography (which he wrote all by himself. Kudos Mr. Brand!) tremendously. I feel like I finally “get” why people like him and I don’t think I would have “gotten” it if I hadn’t read his book. I have his second book waiting for me and I am equally thrilled to read it.I read quite a few autobiographies and memoirs and Brand’s is definitely one of the most enjoyable, entertaining, sad, and relate-able, that I have read. I definitely recommend this book!more
This is the story of Russell Brand, from childhood to his shoot to stardom. It's not a very easy read, although once I got used to the vernacular (and the footnotes that explained some of them were excellent help) it went a lot smoother. He seemed to be very honest in this memoir, telling about a lot of his down and out times. It was a great book about his problem with drugs and the way he overcame them. Uplifting, inspiring, and sometimes even funny!more
Now, why did I read this book? The best answer is that I enjoyed the way e played the character in the movie 'Bedtime Stories.' This story explores, in depth, his addiction to alcohol, drugs, and sex. Don't even pick it up if you think you might find it offensice because you will.Russell mentions toward the very end of the book that the addiction center which helped him with his sex addiction expects their clients to make amends rather than apologizing for them. Throughout the book Russell occasionally mentions how awful it was that he treated some women certain ways. However, I don't believe I ever read anything that seemed apologetic in his writings, or which mentioned apologizing to any of them or how he may have made amends. And so I wonder if he is sorry or not. There were a couple of places where he appeared to regret his actions but he neer fully formed such an idea to that extent.Do I have hope for him? Yeah, I guess so. The book was only written in 2007 and he isn't dead yet or back in an addiction center. I just found that he is engaged to Katy Perry. interesting. The writing of this book shows that he is in fact an intelligent person. He just doesn't make good judgments about what is acceptable risque behaviour and what is unacceptable risque behaviour. more
It was fun. Brand is reckless and funny. If you enjoy his stand up, as I do, you’ll enjoy this book. Essentially, it’s more of the same. I went through this book very quickly and looked forward to reading it every day. It was simply enjoyable. In many ways, Brand is like Tucker Max. He writes of these tales of drunken/drugged up shenanigans that are filled with hookers/strippers/strangers who he exploits for his own selfish reasons. Brand is an addict in many different ways and although reading his anecdotes was fun, it was also very sad. It’s interesting to hear about someone living his life as a horny cartoon character, but to realize that it isn’t fiction is heartbreaking.The book ends on a positive note, which made things a little better. He may have been a hedonistic, self-absorbed bastard in the beginning, but he’s all better now. Even when I was reading about how he spent his grandmother’s fixed income on heroin, I couldn’t help but like him. He’s charismatic and is capable of expressing his thoughts in well-worded and intelligent ways.more
My Booky Wook is a confessional full of embarrassing and oftentimes disturbing events and choices in Brand's life eventually leading him to rehab for drugs (and later sex addiction). While Brand constantly desires to become famous, he continually commits one self-destructive act after another. Everything is presented for you, the reader, in Brand's clever and (somewhat) literary voice. Brand is perceptive, irreverent and too funny.more
My Rating: AMy Review: At first this book was hard to get into. Russell Brand has a very scatterbrained type of comedy and his writing is pretty much the same. But after getting into the rhythm I was able to enjoy it. Many times I felt that he was hilarious and when he was serious it was very easy to take him seriously, which I sometimes find hard with comedians.The book didn't always seem to follow an even remotely linear time path, but it made of for this confusion by completely bringing you to the present anecdote he was talking about.The best thing about this book was that for someone who acted so selfishly for most of his life, you could tell that he loves so much the people who took care of him when he was at his worst. This is a great book for lovers of Brand and it will help you see why he his who he his and why things that he talks about are funny.more
This book oozes with Russell Brand's intellect and sense of humor. It's written just as he speaks and his voice echoed in my head as I read it. Therefore, if you love Russell Brand, you'll probably love this book. If you don't find him amusing, you won't like the book either. One thing I have to say is that this is more the childhood memories of a man who went on to a life of "Sex, Drugs, and Stand-Up". Chapter one opens with Russell in a sort of rehab clinic for sex addicts. The last chapter comes full-circle. But the majority of the book is about Russell's younger years and about him scrabbling around for fame. Once it gets to the point where he's truly addicted to drugs, the narrative loses a bit (likely because Russell's memories from that period are sketchy at best). I really enjoyed the memoir, but a memoir of addiction it is not. Regardless, we are blessed to have a clean and sober Russell Brand today as the man is a comic genius.more
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.more
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.more
hmm, The book is written in a very edgy style, but I was a bit disgusted with his antics. Drugs are the excuse for all sorts of bad behavior. He seems to "see the light" at the end of the book. But really, who cares? Really not worth reading.more
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.more
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!more
OK.Russell Brand is insane, intelligent,devilish,sex addicted,and a manic depressive drug addict.
I cannot explain why I adore him.Perhaps it is because of the truthful, 'self shaming' way he delivers his story.It is truly entertaining and masterful.more
Russell proves that he is insane, smart, and fun for audiences. If you like his voice in interviews and standup, you'll likely enjoy this book too. Read with a somber voice, this book would just be crazy and confusing. Read in Russell's voice, you get an insiders perspective of his mind, and way too much scary info about his exploits.

Trigger warning: if you're inclined towards drugs or are in rehab, best to avoid this book. I don't use drugs, but his descriptions made it sound enticing -- probably because the only explicit descriptions were of good highs, not the yucky aftermath, withdrawal, and collateral damage.

Love Russell, will go read his next book?more
wow, never read story like this ☆☆☆☆☆more
Can I just start by saying that, as a rule, I go out of my way to avoid 'celebrity' biogs? What on earth makes these tedious people think I want to read their ghost-written tales of the childhood trauma of once having been called Piggy in the playground I simply can't imagine.Add to that the chances of me liking the kind of person who admits to having stolen from friends and family, treated almost every woman he has ever known abominably and thrown away the kind of talent most of us would sacrifice a limb for on hard drugs, alcohol and casually mindless sex, and you'll see that the signs were never good for my enjoyment of this book.And yet the autobiography of British comedy's prettiest star, Russell Brand, is just like the man himself - potentially deeply irritating yet oddly engaging. Although no ghost-writer is credited , that isn't what immediately convinces me that My Booky Wook is all Russell's own work. Not only does the voice of the author ring entirely of Brand's own voice - he is far too proud (arrogant, some might say) of his talent to allow anyone else to steal even a ghost-writer's share of his thunder.So he's arrogant, selfish, dangerous and out of control. The adjective 'Byronic' is too easy a cop-out. And yet, Brand is not like the rest of us: while most of us would only need one of those flaws to guarantee a life of unpopularity - in Brand, if anything, each adds to his charm. It's jolly unfair and yet, in reading this book, I began to understand why it is so. There's something so nakedly honest in Brand's evaluation of his own failings and so courageous in the way he relates the story of a what must have been a pretty tough childhood with humour, understanding and a complete lack of self-pity that makes him impossible to dislike.Blessed with looks, immense charm and a huge comic talent Brand spent most of his early showbiz years with his finger firmly on the self-destruct button. Every time someone spotted and tried to nurture that talent his natural reaction was to sabotage everything with one or other of the addictions he seems to have fallen on like a contestant on a Cilla Black show confronted with with their adopted child.It could have been a tragic waste of a life and yet Russell was lucky enough to have the kind of good friends who refused to let him go under and after a number of arrests and a similar number of sackings, he attended rehab for both drug and sex addiction, and finally got his life back on course again. I think one of the greatest charms of this thoroughly likeable man is his almost-casual tolerance of the rest of the world and the people in it. During the journey related in My Booky Wook, he meets and spends time with homeless people, other addicts, even paedophiles and somehow manages to find a good side in every one of them Perhaps this is what makes the reader so reluctant to judge Russell's own failings. Though many of his problems may have been self-inflicted, we keep wishing him the best and are genuinely happy when, by the end of the book (which, though I probably don't need to mention this in the light of his comedy career, is also hilarious) he really seems to be in a much calmer and happier place. I for one, really hope that continues for him.more
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