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My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs, and Stand-Up [Kindle Edition]

Russell Brand
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“A child’s garden of vices, My Booky Wook is also a relentless ride with a comic mind clearly at the wheel.... The bloke can write. He rhapsodizes about heroin better than anyone since Jim Carroll. With the flick of his enviable pen, he can summarize childhood thus: ‘My very first utterance in life was not a single word, but a sentence. It was, ‘Don’t do that.’... Russell Brand has a compelling story." — New York Times Book Review

The gleeful and candid New York Times bestselling autobiography of addiction, recovery, and rise to fame from Russell Brand, star of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and one of the biggest personalities in comedy today.

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A child’s garden of vices, My Booky Wook is also a relentless ride with a comic mind clearly at the wheel. . . . The bloke can write. He rhapsodizes about heroin better than anyone since Jim Carroll. . . . Compelling.

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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.

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  • File Size: 8770 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; 1 edition (March 2, 2009)
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  • Language: English
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139 of 144 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars R-rated, Honest Comedy March 10, 2009
I found *My Booky Wook* laugh-out-loud funny, but not for the faint of heart. Brand's honesty is almost child-like at times, except that he's dealing with very adult topics like depression, sex addiction, and drug use.

That honesty was precisely what made the read so compelling for me. Brand has a unique gift for non-pompous self-reflection, and refuses to bowdlerize his life just because it might offend some. His description of what it's like to take heroin deserves a place right up there with The Velvet Underground's song. It's loving and funny and unapologetic, while still acknowledging the horrific damage that addiction brings.

Brand's prose, like his personality, is deliberately flamboyant. I found myself feeling that, by all logical reasoning, I should be put off by his deliberately Dickensian flourishes. But self-knowledge saves all, and Brand combines his rococo prose with colloquial diction, self-mockery, and traces of his real, non-elite accent. In this regard, I kept thinking that Brand's style was akin to that of a very dirty P.G. Wodehouse.

The result was (dare I say it) addictive. I couldn't put the damned book down, and after finishing it I had to immediately lend it out so I wouldn't re-read it a million times.

Like all great comedians, Russell Brand turns his personal pain into comedy. Given the variety of individual senses of humor, it's impossible to guarantee that you'll find this book funny. But if you're not easily offended, you'll probably be laughing. Even if you are easily offended, you can treat this as a very honest memoir of sex and drug addiction, and be shocked that Brand tells it as a funny story.

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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enter his cloak of love April 29, 2009
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Russel and I just flew across country together. I giggled the whole way, although he was certainly frustrating at times. Unfortunately, he was only in my kindle. (It was a bit embarrassing when the flight attendant wanted to see what I was reading, and it was a pretty raunchy part for a silver haired woman to have exposed on her lap, so to speak.)

Russel, I love you! You're a mess, but damn can you write! So far this is the only book on my Kindle requiring me to look up the meaning of words. YAY! I thought I knew what avuncular meant, but I was wrong. He made my flight fly by and increased my vocabulary! I hardly even noticed the seat in front of me grazing my forehead and the guy next to me taking up half my seat. Be well, Russell. My love to your Mum.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny & bitter at the same time....brilliant! January 21, 2008
By S. Hawk
I did not know who Russell Brand was (no...I never watched "Big Brother") till I checked into a London hotel for the holidays and saw him on a holiday talk show. He is hysterically funny in a sharp, no-nonsense, "no sacred cows" manner. This book is a memoir written in a rather disorderly manner but nontheless extremey funny. His recollections and comments are fresh and at time tear jerking. A fast read, it kept me up all night. Even Americans who do not know who he is will enjoy his recollections of experiences growing up, his several stints in rehab (for various causes) and show-biz trials. Really enjoyable, I can't wait for him to write something new!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Writing Style, but Lacking in Substance September 25, 2009
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I've liked Russell Brand after seeing him in Forgetting Sarah Marshall - I thought he was the best player in what was already a pretty excellent ensemble cast. So when I found out he had a memoir, I was really excited to read it.

However, it turned out not to be what I expected. If you're looking for a voyeuristic trip into his any of his many demons (sex addiction, drug addiction) you will be disappointed. While he touches on those things, they are not by any means the meat of the book. What narrative actually does have the most substance is the trajectory of his career. The drug and sex addictions were mere layovers in his tale of evolving as a performer and comic.

While I enjoyed his writing style, which is flourishing, effusive, flamboyant, witty and also full of many literary references I'd never expect from a former junkie and multiple school expelee, the narrative was annoyingly non-linear. He'd go on tangents that would take you back decades from whatever point in his life he was describing, for no good reason. It would have been less jarring if the anecdotes were better aligned with the subject matter at hand, but instead they came across as non-sequiturs.

This book is also particularly challenging for the non-British reader. I had no idea there was so much about British pop culture I know nothing about! There are footnotes every now and again to describe certain TV shows, British television personalities or candies, but definitely not enough to help out this clueless American reader. I definitely think there was a lot I missed out on by not being able to recognize many of the cultural references.

Though this book was not what I expected, it felt purely "Russell," and as a fan of his, I'd definitely read another book of his should he choose to follow this one up.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheeky, That Russell Brand Is March 15, 2009
Russell Brand's stage show is singularly his own, and so it would follow that his prose would be similarly unconventional. I just didn't expect that it would be as good as it is.

How many working comedians have the time to write a 400+ page memoir at the outset of their careers? For that matter, who has this much to talk about happening in their lives BEFORE stardom? Russell Brand, that's who.

The writing is pretty dense with English colloquialisms, so I'm not sure how those will translate for American readers. Regardless, it's hilarious as hell, proving that Brand is a worthy successor to the outlaw comic crown previously worn by Richard Pryor and Bill Hicks.

The book's US subtitle is "Sex, Drugs, and Stand-Up". There's a fair amount of sex, but not as many drugs as you might expect (and very little stand-up, for that matter). The book starts and ends with Brand's stay in a sex addiction clinic, but judging from his recent troubles with the BBC, he hasn't quite banished all of his sexual demons. Can't wait for the sequel!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great
Published 6 days ago by nicole
4.0 out of 5 stars Bravo!
Although this took some time to get through, I love and appreciate Brand more than ever. It also evokes hope for those in the depths of addiction.
Published 8 days ago by Nicole B Calvillo
5.0 out of 5 stars thank you!
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Published 13 days ago by lindsey
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking.
Some of the references to the UK were lost on me but I learned so much about addiction by reading this book. Read more
Published 18 days ago by ReadingForFun
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic Read . . . Amazing Story . . . Incredible Writing Style.
Published 23 days ago by CGV
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I like him and his values but this book was a no go
Published 1 month ago by Jeanne
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and educational!
It's a bit disorganized in its narrative but very smart, funny and candid. To be honest I learn new words in every chapter and my vocabulary is nothing to sneeze at.
Published 1 month ago by Kendallulu
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Work!!!
Let me start off saying this...I am a huge fan of Russell Brand in 2014-15. Well, I read Revolution first, LOVED it! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stephanie R. Beall
3.0 out of 5 stars just brought because it cost a penny!
Better than book 2 but pretty self serving read
Published 2 months ago by Iphigenia
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for 1st book.
Considering this book was written by someone with a limited education, I consider it a very good effort. Read more
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More About the Author

Russell Brand is a well-known actor, radio host, and comedian in the U.K., and his star is on the rise here in the United States--he appears as Kristen Bell's new boyfriend in the recent Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and he is slated for another Judd Apatow (40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up) movie early next year.

My Booky Wook has been a huge bestseller in Britain, selling more than 600,000 copies!

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