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My Shit Life So Far by Frankie Boyle

My Shit Life So Far (2009)

by Frankie Boyle

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I heard terrible things about this book, but reading it for myself came to the conclusion that those who'd read it before me had both seriously a) anticipated reading an actual autobiography and b) had high expectations despite the title "My Shit Life So Far". I include myself in the equation, and I'm sure Frankie is laughing at me and every other silly idiot now. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that publishing this was a bet with someone to see if it topped whichever reality celebrity was also publishing their book in the charts at the time.

Boyle is honest enough about the fact that he hasn't really done all that much interesting with his life, and that most of it has been spent under heavy influence of drugs and alcohol. It's funny - at times laugh-aloud funny - but isn't anything you wouldn't have already seen on TV. He's good with his words yes, but you do have to wonder why you are reading this.

This book seems aimed at nobody and doesn't really serve a point. Still, it's a good laugh, and is worth a quick read if you need a quick pick-up. ( )
  kezumi | Jan 15, 2011 |
Although Frankie is an excellent stand up comic, he does not seem to be a very good writer. The book contains quite a lot of punch line type jokes that are somewhat funny, however the overall story is pretty boring. ( )
  bokhorst | Jan 14, 2011 |
funny guy but not a very funny book ( )
  flobmac | Dec 16, 2010 |
This book is basically as the title says, Frankie Boyle’s shit life so far. I only normally read biog’s about celebs I know of but my son said this was brilliant and I had to give it a go!! I’ve never seen Boyle on TV and only heard of him as he had caused a contraversy a few months ago that I saw on the news.

With some of the things he’s says I’m laughing but with some things I’m cringing, he’s quite a cynical fella isn’t he! He says in the introduction that he lies a lot in this book (and I could certainly see where he was lying!) so how can this be a memoir if you don’t know if it’s the truth or not, or is it just his sense of humour, I don’t know.

With that in mind a decided to read this book with a little scepticism and by doing that I enjoyed reading this book more than I thought I would. He’s quite an articulate and intelligent man. Very honest about his drinking and drug taking.

Some parts of the book though were crude, obscene even and made it slightly uncomfortable reading in parts. I’m not sure why he wrote this book, celebs lately seem to bring out an autobiography every few years detailing their lives and I thought that would have been everything Boyle stood against but maybe he’s just another ‘celeb’ out to make a buck or two.

Not sure if I would recommend this book, if your a big fan of Boyle then I would but if not then it might not interest you. ( )
  welshy72 | Nov 15, 2010 |
Despite myself I can't help laughing like a loon at Frankie Boyle's comments on Mock The Week. I got given his biography as a present and probably wouldn't have read it otherwise. Really glad I did though. This one of the few books that's made me laugh out loud. It's a really easy read. I think some of the funniest stuff is about his childhood in Glasgow - just a funny take on some of the mindless stuff you do as a kid. I like that there's also reference to current events and culture. It's written in a bit of a gonzo-esque style in that sometimes you can't tell the reality from the fiction - and I like that too. I guess also abit like Hunter S. Thompson in that, yes it's very funny, but there's also an underlying social awareness - very perceptive at seeing through the stuff alot of us don't. ( )
  neiljohnford | Jan 14, 2010 |
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There is nothing much around these days that will make you laugh out loud pretty much every page. This book does just that.
An entertaining read then, as well as an earnest and revealing portrait of one of the country's finest comedians.
added by Shortride | editDave, Dave Elwin (Oct 7, 2009)
As with his stand-up, Boyle cleverly keeps the emphasis on being funny, rather than likeable. It means that certain areas of his private life are fast-forwarded to make more room for the funny stuff... steering his writing away from self-indulgence or back-patting towards something altogether more bizarre, intelligent and abusively hilarious.
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Ever since being brought up by The Beatles, Frankie Boyle has been a tremendous liar. Join him on his adventures with his chum Clangy The Brass Boy and laugh as he doesn’t accidentally kill a student nurse when a party gets out of hand.

I don't think anyone can have written an autobiography without at some point thinking "Why would anyone want to know this shit?" I've always read them thinking "I don't want to know where Steve Tyler grew up, just tell me how many groupies he f**ked!"'

So begins Frankie's outrageous, laugh-out loud, cynical rant on life as he knows it. From growing up in Pollockshaws, Glasgow (‘it was an aching cement void, a slap in the face to Childhood, and for the family it was a step up'), to his rampant teenage sex drive (‘in those days if you glimpsed a nipple on T.V. it was like porn Christmas'), and first job working in a mental hospital ('where most evenings were spent persuading an old man in his pants not to eat a family sized block of cheese'), nothing is out of bounds.

Outspoken, outrageous and brilliantly inappropriate, Frankie Boyle, the dark heart of Mock the Week, says the unsayable as only he can. From the TV programmes he would like to see made ('Celebrities On Acid On Ice: just like Celebrity Dancing On Ice, but with an opening sequence where Graham Norton hoses the celebrities down with liquid LSD'), to his native Scotland and the Mayor of London ('voting for Boris Johnson wasn't that different to voting for a Labrador wearing a Wonder Woman costume'), nothing and no one is safe from Frankie's fearless, sharp-tongued assault.

Sharply observed and full of taboo-busting, we-really-shouldn't-be-laughing-at-this humour, My Shit Life So Far shows why Frankie Boyle really is the blackest man in show business.

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If you think Frankie Boyle is near the knuckle on 'Mock the Week', then you haven't heard anything yet. Originally published: London: Harper, 2009.

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