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Before & Laughter: The funniest man in the UK’s genuinely useful guide to life Hardcover – 8 February 2022
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Riveting― Daily Mail
An utterly sincere guide for people to achieve bigger things in life ― Guardian
Very funny and very beautiful, packed with jokes and genuinely wise advice ― Chris Evans
So good. I've loved every second of reading it ― James Corden
A hilarious book that will be adored by Jimmy's fans. Both of them― David Walliams
Made me laugh, made me think, what more do you want from a comedian's memoir?― Alastair Campbell
I was really annoyed at how good this book is and that's the biggest compliment I can give― Romesh Ranganathan
Very, very funny - a great read ― Gary Davies, The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show
At last, a selfless biography that aims to inspire and does. Also, of course, very, very funny ― Rich Hall
It's the first life advice book from someone whose life you would actually want ― Katherine Ryan
- Publisher : Quercus; 1st edition (8 February 2022)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1529413079
- ISBN-13 : 978-1529413076
- Dimensions : 16.2 x 3.4 x 23.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 152,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Turns out he puts together a really interesting book which he peppers with sound advice and common
sense while also making you laugh and sneaking in a brief history of his life.
Jimmy comes across as a really good/nice person with a refreshing outlook on life. I ticked the "follow" button and look forward to reading more by him.
BTW I'm an old(er) person not yet ready for the scrapheap and more than willing to update/change my outlook on life fairly frequently. Thanks Jimmy.
I don’t think I’ve ever really understood his appeal but I’m a sucker for a human story and his laugh looked familiar enough.
If you’re reading this, Jimmy, I’m sorry, but I only ever watched cats because I liked actual countdown and my ex partner liked the banter. Now it’s just me, so I get to tune into 70% of countdown (I hate maths) instead of tuning into cats until the real show began. I’m still giving you the star you deserve because of my relational gripes and your bastard of a dad.
I wish this book was around a decade or more ago: it would have been very helpful to me over the last few years.
I expected to be appalled, which I wasn’t; and to laugh out loud a few times, which I did; but I did not expect it to be thought-provoking, which it definitely is.
I particularly like his quote “If you keep working on your weaknesses, you might become average. But if you find your strengths and work on those instead, you will become the best.”
I think I might steal that one.
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Disclaimer: my favourite books are biographies and self-help books and this is both so I am probably the exact target audience. However, because I'm really into personal development, I very rarely come across anything refreshing or new these days. And this was all of those things.
Jimmy tells a story really well, drops in the odd hilarious comment and has some 'genuinely useful' things to say about life.
The not so appreciative reviews on here are probably just a case of the book ending up in the hands of the incorrect audience, which isn't surprising when at a quick glance this book looks like any old comedian autobiography.
If you're not interested in self-development material at all, and you're looking for pure biography with some laughs, this is not the book for you. Do not buy. However, if you're open to some life insights, interested in the inner workings of the comedy scene and would like to read about the life and times of Jimmy Carr, add it to your basket now.
So when I saw he was bringing out a book I pre-ordered it straight away.
I am so disappointed to say that this book was terrible. It’s so random. It’s not in the slightest but funny and it makes no sense. I hated it after first chapter but carried on Incase it got better- it didn’t.
Sorry Jimmy but this was awful.