David Jason: The Autobiography
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David Jason: The Autobiography

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The long-awaited autobiography of one of Britain's best-loved actors.Born the son of a Billingsgate market porter at the height of the Second World War, David Jason spent his early life dodging bombs and bullies, both with impish good timing.
Giving up on an unloved career as an electrician, he turned his attention to acting and soon, through a natural talent for making peo...more
Published October 14th 2013 by Arrow (first published October 1st 2013)
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I like a biography, I seem to read enough of them lately, so this one seemed like it would provide a little amusement. I did enjoy reading about his normal growing up, and training as an electrician. While at school him and a mate joined a dramatic club as a way to meet girls, and without any formal training he was able to start making his living as an actor in his twenties.

For me the middle part of the book was a bit dry and I guess not knowing all the old actors and actresses of the 60's and...more
Have always loved this man, grew up with him in my house and have continued to watch him as an adult. He has always been a very private man so was intrigued to read about his early life and really wanted to find out more about Only fools and horses, one of my all time favourite shows. This was an amazing read, loved all the anecdotes, so fascinating to find out more about him and other (now famous) people he came across at the time and really lovely to read about his close relationship with Ronn...more
Entertaining autobiography of the life of one of England's most beloved actors.

MY LIFE deals with Jason's early life and his career up until his successes in Only Fools and Horses and A Touch of Frost..

He does talk about these shows but not in as much detail as his earlier life.

It's funny how you form an impression of an actor based on the roles played. Wrong of course. I learned that Jason's real surname is White but when he registered with Actors Equity that name was taken. He chose Jason bec...more

David Jason was already a star when I first heard of him, but which character was most like the man himself. The cheeky Del Boy? The slightly gormless Granville? The shabby, sharp, obstreperous detective Jack Frost? As I started to read his autobiography, I realised he had a background in acting covering such a variety of characters in his repertoire that little was beyond him and his ability to perform whatever role was presented. From rep in his early career, through the West End, comedy, dram...more
Paul Reid
I listened to the audiobook, David Jason read the first chapter, but no further, this jarred a little bit and I never really got used to the second narrator.
The book itself was an enjoyable read covering David's career from humble beginnings to the pinnacle of fame.
Humorous, at times moving, but no real revelations or deep insight here although Jason comes across as a really nice bloke.
Lubbly-Jubbly !
I really expected to leave this audiobook with a sense of relaxation and admiration for the life of Mr Jason but I'm left feeling deflated ever so slightly.

To begin with there is only the foreword that is given by David himself, the rest falls to some other geezer who just couldn't pull off the comedic timing or heartfelt dialogue. There are a few "Hmm, I never knew that" moments but honestly not enough...I got the distinct impression that here is a man who is very private and really doesn't wan...more
Kate Beeden
David Jason is one of those actors that it feel like you know. He has seeped into our consciousness through decades of portraying memorable characters and always comes across as an affable, charming man in interviews. I was really looking forward to finding out more about him through his long awaited autobiography My Life.

The title is not a misnomer, this truly is a book about David's life from his childhood in London in and immediately after the second world war to becoming a household name. I...more
Sam Herbert
David Jason has always been very present in my house on the television throughout my whole life. All of it - Only Fools & Horses, Open All Hours, Porridge, Darling Buds of May and A Touch of Frost. He is without doubt my favourite comedy actor and this autobiography didn't disappoint. However, it focuses mainly on his theatre career and only mentions the "big ones" until about three-quarters of the way through. It is interesting, though. And his close shaves with Monty Python and Dad's Army...more
I have always been a big fan of David Jason and I love an autobiography. This one was a fabulous read, it made me chuckle, it my eyes well up in all the right places and whilst I was reading, I couldn't help but imagine him reading it to me. For a man that doesn't do a lot of interviews and is very private, he gives away just the right amount of personal details whilst still holding on to his privacy.

Very well written and highly recommended to all David Jason fans.
Im a fan of most of David Jason's tv work and loved the behind the scenes insight into the industry, who helped him along the way and the juicy gossip of who was a pain to work with. This book includes the early days of amateur dramatics and theatre work, and his quite late break into the bigtime. Infact it was quite a revelation that he had a regular job and was a trained electrician before finding fame. His personal life is glossed over a bit too much and there is a real sense that huge chunks...more
Colin Lawrence
You can hear David Jason's voice as you read about his life in the theatre and television. It makes a change to read an autobiography of an actor who doesn't place himself on a pedestal, but just gets on with his story in a matter-of-fact way. All too often in this type of book, the author is keen to sing his or her praises and to tell us what a star they are. Not so in the case of David Jason. Here is someone who shares his story, with all of its ups-and-downs without going over the top to to t...more
Patricia Fawcett
This is a highly-entertaining account of his life by one of the most versatile and endearing actors on British television, who has deservedly achieved world-wide acclaim. David - Sir David - gives a 'warts and all' account of his life, from humble beginnings which will resonate with many of us, through a love of amateur dramatics, professional theatre and, eventually, to stardom, via some hiccups where promising openings were not followed through. David Jason learned his craft by instinct, drawi...more
Pamela Darling
My My David, what an interesting life you have had. I thoroughly enjoyed his autobiography. I'm not sure whether he wrote this for himself, or whether he had a ghost writer, but whatever, it was so well written and David's voice comes through good and clear. I admire his zest for life and his enthusiasm to follow his dream, and at times was willing to work for very little just to be able to act. I loved knowing how he moved through his acting career and found his stories warm and amusing, and ev...more
Catherine Ryan
David Jason has been my all-time favourite actor for many years, for me he is fabulous in every programme he stars in - especially A Touch of Frost and the wonderful Only Fools and Horses which often has me in hysterics. I don't often read biographies or auto-biographies however. I thought this was a wonderful listen - Jason with the introduction, and then the other narrator. Totally fascinating, learning about his early life, and the actors and actresses he has worked with through the years. I'...more
Excellent read for anyone who grew up on Only Fools and Horses, Open All Hours and that whole era of British comedy. Some really funny incites into the Two Ronnies, Fawlty Towers and other shows of the era also. Best of all, he comes across as a hell of nice fella and very funny. Which is kind of how you want the man who played Del Boy to be...
Michelle Fletcher
You can actually hear Sir David's voice (or rather Del's Boys) as you read this book, lovely and funny insight to a very private man. On my list of favourite actors and great to read about other stars and all the plays/tv Sir David has been connected too, especially the "governor" Ronnie Barker. So glad I got to see both George Cole and David Jason on stage (sadly in different plays).
I learnt a lot about David Jason through this book that I wasn't aware of before. I loved him as Del Boy but there is so much more to him than that. A very talented actor who went through the lows and highs of his career with a calm and accepting attitude. I'm so pleased he found the success he deserved. One of the nice guys!
If you like David Jason then you will certainly enjoy this interesting read.
I enjoyed learning about this popular actor who has become a national treasure.
I enjoyed this because it was written in David Jason's voice. What a lovely, clever but very modest man behind Del Boy,Insp Frost, Granville and Pa Larkin. I didn't realise how famous he was before I was born, and I'm also surprised to learn he was the BFG as well as Danger Mouse and Count Duckula! He obviously admired Ronnie Barker- they type of comedien/personality who I think David Jason ranks alongside. He doesn't think much of Eric Idle,like.
Definitely an Autobiography worth reading, you suddenly realise how long this guy has been on your screens, Do not adjust your set In the 70's Granville open all hours, Porridge, Del boy, Frost, Rincewind, Pop larkin to name a few.Made me smile and brought back a lot of memories.
Lisa Smith
Not as funny as I thought it would be. Difficult to follow in parts, but otherwise interesting and I have recommended it.

Easy reading and funny as you would expect. The only thing that stopped me giving it 5 stars was the abrupt end.
Kathy Wakeman
Really enjoyed this book and I think that David sounded like a right nice geezer!!! LOL
Pauline Evans
Brilliant book by one of my comedy hero's. A lovely man telling heart warming stories about his rise to fame but in a modest way. It was touching to read his admiration for Ronnie Barker and other much loved actors he held in high esteem. He's a private man who rarely gives interviews so his book was on my Christmas list as soon as I heard he'd written it. He came across as nice as I had imagined and I wasn't disappointed. Loved it!
Caroline Montague
Great story. I loved reading about the life of one of my favourite actors. I laughed and at times had a lump in my throat whilst reading this book.
A brilliant read. DJ had me laughing in many places and hit the right balance of telling me about his growing up and the development of his career. So much crammed into one book. He was one of my favourite actors before and I'm not disappointed by this book. What a treat. Definitely on my list of 'people to have round for dinner'. What a great evening that would be with all the stories he could tell and he comes across as a genuine and lovely bloke.
really like the man. enjoyed reading about his early life and never really knew how much he had done before tv. would have liked to have read more nearer the end and thought it could have been longer
I want to start by saying that I generally stay away from autobiographies as I normally get bored and don't finish them. For me to have finished this book and enjoyed it is an accolade in itself. This book felt very honest to me. There was also enough gossip about his fellow actors to keep me interested. I would highly recommend this book.
Tony Collins
very enjoyable!
A good read. Interesting information about David life with some funny stories . If your a fan of David Jason you enjoy the read. The book focus is on his career and not too much information about his private life which I preferred.
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