Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs, and Stand-Up Hardcover – March 10, 2009
It Gets Worse
The popular new release from Shane Dawson. Learn more
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
“’The most talented stand-up comedian to emerge in Britain this decade.” (Daily Telegraph (London))
“A scandalous, libidinous memoir. . . . There is nothing [Brand] won’t reveal in search of a laugh and nothing he hasn’t done in search of love or experience or oblivion. . . . . An exceptional combination of candor, ardor, and humor. (The Guardian)
“I laughed out loud at least a dozen times. . . . To my shame, I’ll admit I sort of liked My Booky Wook.” (New York Times)
“Hilarious. . . . A richly detailed memoir that’s peppered with both evocative descriptions of the author’s homeland and memorable lines... Brand promises here another tome ‘about how it feels to be famous.’ To my shame, I can’t wait.” (Entertainment Weekly)
From the Back Cover
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.
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $2.99 (Save 77%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
Top Customer Reviews
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.
[...] -- a site about humor and society
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The title says it all....Booky Wook is just OK. At some points it's rambling and aimless and at some points it's a hardly seem viewpoint into addiction and recovery. 6/10Published 2 months ago by Alicia M Soave
A fun read with lots of weight. Brand's writing is the same as his pattern of speech. You can almost hear his voice in your head as you read it.Published 3 months ago by Travis W Linneweber
It's definitely funny, horny, wild, overwritten, languorous, lovely, touching, feeling, dirty, immoral, deceptive, insane but one couldn't say that it was boringPublished 3 months ago by peanut butter
Pretty cool that Russell Brand sprayed every copy of this book with hair spray and chest glitter. I felt like I was riding a hairy unicorn through narnia when I was finished. Read morePublished 3 months ago by JACOB AND SUMMER
This was one the first books I've every properly read and also got on my kindle never thought i could actually enjoy a book half as much as i did. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer