Sunday, 2 January 2011
Life and Laughing: My Story by Michael McIntyre
I often find that celebrity autobiographies are badly written, as though the celebs and publishers alike both know that the book is going to sell well because of who they are, so the content doesn’t really matter. Again this is not the case for Michael McIntyre’s autobiography. Obviously the text is not a literary masterpiece, but it does flow and it is engaging. It’s like having a long conversation, at times McIntyre goes off on a tangent, and he adds funny little snippets in all over the place, but it works. It was so good that I had read the book from cover to cover in less than 48 hours, this is especially impressive given that over Christmas there aren’t many free hours in a day.
But do not be deceived. This is not a book of comedy that, aside from a few childhood incidents, retells the joys of a successful comedian living an affluent lifestyle. In fact the book ends as McIntyre becomes successful. This is a book about a man that spent years working towards his dreams, trying to reach his ambitions. This book might be entertaining, but it is also inspiring. Ten out of ten for the nations favourite funny man.
Life and Laughing: My Story by Michael McIntyre, published by Michael Joseph (imprint of Penguin) is available now.