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Camp David

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  1,163 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
It's time to get serious with Britain's favourite funny man - Camp David, by David Walliams.

David Walliams has been the camp aide to the Prime Minister, the rubbish transvestite and the long-suffering wheelchair pusher for an able-bodied man. He was launched to fame with the record-breaking Little Britain, and for a while you couldn't enter a playground without hearing "eh
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published October 11th 2012 by Michael Joseph (first published January 1st 2012)
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Feb 12, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it
I love watching David Walliams when he's on TV although I do not watch Britain's Got Talent as I don't like those kind of shows. David makes me laugh, his campness is appealing and now that he is happily married and about to become a father I have warmed to him even more.

If you want a laugh a minute book like the man appears on the TV then you are knocking on the wrong door. There is his trademark humour but a lot of the subjects in this autobiography are serious and on times moving. I never kne
Mike Jennison
Oct 21, 2012 Mike Jennison rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book... I've never read a book what made me laugh out loud in one chapter and close to tears in the next. Unlike a lot of celebrity biographies where you already know 50% of the content due to celeb magazines and news... David walliams has had a very interesting life!!! Looking toward to book 2.
Maria Teresa Zumbo
Jun 16, 2014 Maria Teresa Zumbo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: autobiography
Pure honesty.. and a little bit of fun.

There’s a line in the book.

It’s at the very beginning, when you’re still not sure what the mood of the book is, in which David writes about a joke. It’s something fun and light, that inspires a chuckle.
After the joke David writes “Don’t worry, there are jokes in this book, the next one in on page 176”.

That’s as truthful as a warning can be.

This is not a comedy book and I didn’t start his autobiography under the impression that it would have been a fun re
Jan 23, 2013 Katherine rated it liked it
This is the first autobiography I have read. I did enjoy it and it did make me laugh but it wasn't as funny as I anticipated. I found finding out about Walliams' life very interesting for the most part as I knew very little of him, however I felt the book lost its way in the middle. I struggled with his portrayal of his life with comedy partner Matt Lucas, I found it dry and fairly dull, which is odd because I had anticipated this partnership was going to be what interested me most about his lif ...more
Zoe Richardson
Aug 01, 2014 Zoe Richardson rated it really liked it
Absolutely amazing!! This is the most HONEST autobiography I've ever read, David spares no detail. Already a fan of his hilarious performances, as I got further into the book I felt as though I knew him. He shares extremely painful memories (some that he claims to have never told anyone else before) that do not look for sympathy, but receive all that you have anyway.
His life has been full of highs and lows, yet after reading I viewed him very differently. His personality is so much more than the
Nov 08, 2016 Cath rated it liked it
2.5/5 stars.
So as a kid I watched Little Britain, I didn't understand any of the jokes but I still though it was funny. Recently I was watching David Walliams swim the English channel on youtube and I wanted to know more about him, he's a really funny guy but what did I really know about David Walliams?

Well first of all, this book is incredibly honest, in this book Walliams talks about his depression, reading that was hard. Even though he appears as a happy funny guy on screen, during the filmin
Victoria Leather
Jan 15, 2013 Victoria Leather rated it liked it
Enjoyable insight into David Walliams but I was left with the distinct feeling he had heavily self-edited to give the best view of himself. I guess all biographies do that to a degree but I came away from this feeling short changed and like I'd been spun the version of himself he'd like the public to have rather than the one which is real. Perhaps its just too early in his career to be really honest with himself, let alone readers. Another biography which could have done with another 10/20 years ...more
May 26, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it
Easy to read, honest account of an interesting and likeable person. I enjoyed this far more than Russell Brands autobiography that I also read recently. Was interesting to read that David's relationship with Matt Lucas was not without problems. Not laugh out loud funny and some quite sad parts.
Stephen Lum
Oct 23, 2012 Stephen Lum rated it it was amazing
If you love 'Little Britain' you will love reading about David Walliams! The book is raw, funny, sad and a great read. I really enjoyed it. So much that it took me 4 days to read. Highly Recommend.
Sophia Maoudis-Peever
Jan 10, 2016 Sophia Maoudis-Peever rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was incredible funny and sad at the same time , an enjoyable read
Clare Ricketts
Dec 31, 2012 Clare Ricketts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite surprising, well worth a read!
Lissie Balog
Dec 20, 2016 Lissie Balog rated it it was amazing
Knowing only about him through Little Britain USA, this was super interesting to read. I always feel like whenever I read about comics they have or are dealing with some kind of darkness. I read somewhere that comedians need to know the "darkness" in order to make us laugh. This book was an interesting insight to that. If you like British humor and British comics this is a great read.
Rob Van katwijk
Jan 26, 2017 Rob Van katwijk rated it really liked it
Ik zie dat ik 24 dagen over dit boek gedaan heb. Voor mijn doen is dat snel. Het was dan ook aangenaam om te lezen en het komt op mij over als een eerlijk en open boek. Het enige dat ik me afvroeg of het (negatieve/arrogante) gedrag van de bekende mensen die hij in zijn leven tegen kwam nou ook zo eerlijk beschreven moest worden.
Daniel Does Actually Read...
Apr 15, 2015 Daniel Does Actually Read... rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of David Walliams, and have been ever since the amazing show Little Britain first aired. I have owned his autobiography Camp David ever since the Christmas of the year it was released, however I've only just got around to reading it.

And I certainly wasn't disappointed!

This book is centred more around David's childhood and growing up to become the star that he is now, with the book ending just as the first series of Little Britain has been on TV. So if you're interested in readin
Jordan Wharmsby
May 11, 2013 Jordan Wharmsby rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-ebook
Call my a snob, call me cynical but I wanted more.

The book was somewhat enjoyable, but considering David's profession as a comedian, one would expect his autobiography to be written in a more comedic manner (à la Dawn French, Alan Carr et al.). Alas, it is in fact one of the dullest and most poorly written autobiographies I have come across. The editing is sloppy at best, with handfuls of grammar mistakes, typos and other misdemeanours, enough to send even the tamest of Anglophiles into a rampa
Beth Dean
Celebrity autobiographies are becoming somewhat of a weak spot for me now. This one however is not what I expected or really wanted I guess. I'm not talking about the serious tone because I was aware of his depression and other issues before hand. It was more the description of his work, either the work swallowed up his life ooorrrr his life didn't make the final cut because I felt constantly that I was hearing of his never-ending failures.

Now I realise that it being an autobiography he cannot
Nov 29, 2014 Sarah rated it it was ok
I am not a massive David Walliams fan (in fact I've never actually watched Little Britain) but I picked this up at the library because it looked interesting and I think he is interesting.

It was a bit name-drop-y. Many of the anecdotes went along the lines of "as a youth I was totally in awe of x famous celebrity, I met him and made an embarrassing/creepy comment! He rolled his eyes and probably thought I was a loser. Years later I saw him at some famous function and made a witty quip that had hi
I loved this book! I have always admired David Walliams. He makes me laugh and is a really likeable character. However I have always felt that there was very much more to David behind the popular image. When I saw he had brought out his autobiography I immediately bought it. I don't regret it either. This is an open, frank and extremely readable book giving his readers an in-depth view of David's true personality.

He writes with incredible honesty and makes no apologies for who he really is. Why
Nov 16, 2012 Julie rated it liked it
With a celebrity obsessed society it is hard not to feel that you know so much actors and singers mentioned in the media. This memoir for me, held quite a few surprises and made me like David Walliams more than I already did.

He was honest about his history of depression, and questions about his sexuality. I liked his humour and many of his stories or meeting reluctant celebrities. For years he struggled to find work, and make a living as a comedian and with their first radio show of Little Brita
Sep 11, 2013 Olivia rated it it was amazing
‘Camp David’ is a sincere invitation into the life of David Walliams, exploring his youth and the painstaking years to the lead up of the creation of Little Britain, this book will leave you loving Walliams even more than when you first fell in love with him as England’s most camp comedian. Generously sprinkled with humour that you will make laugh out loud and tearful moments that are genuinely written of Walliams struggle with depression and suicide. Excerpts from Walliams personal diaries are ...more
Jan 31, 2013 Ali rated it liked it
Very quick and easy to read, and fun. David has a lot of darkness in his life, which is sad to read about. The book is more about how he met Matt and created Little Britain though. At times it seems disjointed and jumps from one thing to the next, and some "jokes" are forced in, not all are funny.

He does however rely on diary entries a bit too much, and I spotted at least 5 typos in the whole book! He also has a habit of writing like Roald Dahl, something he suffers from in his children books to
Jan 25, 2015 Jen rated it liked it
I knew David Walliams could make me laugh/snort tea out of my nose, as it had happened quite a few times when I watched 'Little Britain' - but that was the extent of my knowledge. Surprisingly, his autobiography contained even more facts and anecdotes. Though sprinkled with a few laughs here and there, Walliams takes us through his dark depressive periods (quite bravely) & includes more than a few diary excerpts in amongst the narrative work-history. Like most autobiographies I've read latel ...more
Jan 18, 2016 Kristina rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
I picked this up on a whim and was surprsied how good it is. This isn't just another story of a comedian putting in the hours and getting his shot. David Walliams shows how much hard work and dedication is involved. Over a decade trying out ideas, working here and there, before finally getting something that really worked. It could so easily have not happened.
But this isn't only the story of how he grew from school comedian to part of the successful Little Britain duo. It's an honest account of
Chris Barlow
Nov 02, 2012 Chris Barlow rated it liked it

The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is because I'm just not a big fan of autobiographies. I love David Walliams, I think he's brilliant, which is why I picked up this book. It's very entertaining and very interesting as true stories go, reading this made me like him more, it's a very honest account. I hate the way celebs now seem to do their stories in different parts though, I know it's a ploy by publishing companies to make more money, and yes, I'll probably read the next instalme
May 28, 2013 Joanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This started off very promising but I became bored with it in parts as it seemed a bit repetitive. Also, it initially seemed to be written very much from today's aspect, eg, he talks a lot about "my Simon" which makes you think it takes you right up to his current life. Unfortunately, it sharply speeds up towards the end of "Little Britain" as if to suggest that the tale had to end there or he would have been in breach of contract for his next book deal!

That aside, it is the first autobiography
Jan 10, 2013 Ian rated it liked it
Much as I enjoyed this, it wasn't anything like as funny as I was expecting. It also felt a little smug at times, though this may be the writing style. The whole "crying on the inside" thing got a bit tedious as well. It sometimes feels like these celeb biogs are a competition to show how miserable they really are.

Perhaps I'm being unsympathetic; I do appreciate that depression is a genuine and serious illness. It just doesn't make for terribly cheery reading, which for a comedian's biography is
Oct 10, 2014 Emy rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
I really, really like David Walliams, although I can't say I have ever seen Little Britain (well, apart from the PM/Sebastian sketches, which were funny). His autobiography was quite enjoyable, but not as much as Stephen Fry's (which is the only one I've read besides this one, hence the comparison). It was quite messy at times, and there were tons of glaring errors in my edition. Annoying. Also, I thought the parts between Little Britain and him leaving school were not very interesting. Sorry, D ...more
Aug 09, 2016 Katie rated it it was amazing
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Dec 26, 2015 Carol added it
I quite enjoyed this, but did not find it as well written as funny as I expected. It started off well and I found his childhood interesting, but found the middle of the book quite boring and hard to read, maybe it's because I was never a big fan of Little Britain. I did not like the way he negatively portrayed people in his life and I did not find this section particularly interesting. It's sad to hear how depression has been with him so much and I am glad he has managed to make such a success o ...more
DeeNa Ayman F.K.
Feb 26, 2015 DeeNa Ayman F.K. rated it it was amazing
just at the right time, at the right moment ..
I glad I didn't pick it up a couple of days earlier.

Iv'e been written notes everywhere, and anywhere I found. I wanted to make sure I'll present a good review for this one. but now, with the last page turned over, all I can say is Thank you David. Through your life, I now understand some of mine. I'm in owe for you for the rest of it.
I always thought I'm just pathetic, with a high self-loathing and self-pity level. but now it doesn't matter, becau
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David Walliams is an actor and writer best known for his work with Matt Lucas in the multi-award-winning sketch show Little Britain. His debut children's novel, The Boy in the Dress, was published in 2008 to unanimous critical acclaim and he has since developed a reputation as a natural successor to Roald Dahl.
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“It was impossible to sleep. Anxiety stopped me from falling asleep; depression woke me up.” 20 likes
“Comfort eating or pure greed? Most likely a mixture of both. Pieces of cake or biscuits or chocolate could instantly sweeten the sourness of my life. If you have been called gay all day in the playground, a cake when you returned home from school offered some consolation. A fairy cake of course.” 5 likes
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