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Camp David

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  672 ratings  ·  84 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
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Amanda
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
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Mike Jennison
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.
Katherine
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
Victoria Leather
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
Maria Teresa Zumbo
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
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Sarah
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
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Vanessa
I wanted to like this book way more than I actually did. I've always been a pretty big fan of David's and by reading his autobiography, I had hoped to learn more about his personal life and career trajectory. This wasn't a particularly BAD book persay, it just ended quite abruptly and that's what turned me off most about it. Just when David was getting to the good part (post-Little Britain S1), he literally stopped his narrative and wrote "to be continued..."

REALLY?!

You mean I have to buy anoth
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Rachel
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.
Jen
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
Stephen Lum
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.
Clare Ricketts
Quite surprising, well worth a read!
DeeNa Ayman F.K.
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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Jordan Wharmsby
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
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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
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Angie Rhodes
Where to begin, David Walliams, is a charming, funny,kind man, who loves to make people laugh,but he also has a serious side. This book,is so well written, you can hear him,telling his story. From his,school days, , he was a loner, feeling awkward, in the company of others, only his humour,made him feel safe.
Parts of his book,had me laughing out loud, but other parts,had me,wanting to cry. It is an open and honest account, of his life,up to Little Britain, Does David come across as pompous, in
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Julie
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
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Zoe Richardson
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
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Olivia
‘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
Polly Tiller
I saw David Walliams on the Jonathan Ross show. He was hilarious so when I saw his book I thought it is a must read. I like books by people who make me laugh. He is so honest and brave writing really personal things, like when he gazed into a woman's eyes all night and made her feel uncomfortable. Made me laugh. I was surprised when at the end of his book he reveals details of his terrible depression. I enjoyed his book.
Waterstones Banbury
A very funny and honest account from the fantastically funny David Walliams; one of our biggest stars. From being a stand-up comedian, to TV star in Little Britain and then to a judge on the panel of Britain's Got Talent. Just how did one man manage to climb to ladder of fame to this extent?
Emy
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
Sasha
I only know of David Walliams through Little Britain and post LB shows so this look at his life before the fame was really interesting. And definitely a must read for any aspiring comedian. He is honest about the highs and the lows both personally and professionally. Particularly his battles with depression.
Ali
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
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Penni
My only complaint was that it didn't go on long enough--ending abruptly as the TV show was starting to take off and introduce the world to Matt and David. It was getting to the really good stuff.
Meg McAllister
If you don’t know who David Walliams is: SHAME ON YOU! You are really missing out on a comedic genius who, with Matt Lucas, has turned the sketch comedies “Little Britain” and “Come Fly With Me” into cult classics both here in the UK and abroad to millions of Britcom-watching Anglophiles. Charming, witty, aloof and sometimes a bit dark (great comedians are often one-step removed from depression medication), Walliams is a modern, metrosexual John Cleese who is rapidly compiling a comedic legacy o ...more
Mark Glassman
I really enjoyed this book more than I thought I would, because it seems to be such a candid honest account of a life lived, both in the darkness of depression and the celebrity spotlight.
Joanne
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
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Chris Barlow


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
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Louise H
Really enjoyed, fun (but uncomfortable reading about the darker parts of his life) and very easy to read.
Ian
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
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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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