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Why Do I Say These Things?

3.33  ·  Rating Details ·  455 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Irreverent, tangental, highly intelligent, and irrepressibly exuberent, Jonathan Ross is Britain's best-known television personality for good reason and his take on growing up, and the world around him, is laugh-out-loud funny. With stories that range from discovering B-movies to fashion, from diets to childhood sweetshops, favorite presents and from sex to pets (and back ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 20th 2008 by Transworld Publishers
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Sep 01, 2011 Mandy rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
I have a fondness for Andrew Sachs, that I should declare right at the outset, and I also have a belief that leaving messages on a gradparent's answerphone about the sexual exploits of their grand-daughter is a pretty revolting thing to do, and even more revolting to make the calls publicly on radio. I didn't listen the the radio show, so my feelings are not related to what was said, just the general fact of it being said. I cannot but think of how upset my grandparents would have been, or how u ...more
Kim Annabella
Feb 20, 2009 Kim Annabella rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
This book arrives swiftly on the heels of the Andrew sachs debacle whereupon he and russel brand were were publicly suspended from the bbc like naughty schoolboys caught cadging a fag off someone behind the bike sheds after a prank call to the grandfather of one of brand’s conquests. And to think some people accuse the bbc of loosing it’s edge pfft.

Oh johnathan ross, I love your Friday night show, your hot wife, your comic book obsession & the anecdotes about your rotund pug mr.pickles which
Dead John Williams
May 31, 2015 Dead John Williams rated it did not like it
Shelves: my-favs, reviewed
Why Do I Say These Things by Jonathan Ross I really wanted to like this book because I have always enjoyed seeing him on TV.

I like his humour and his manner and his charm.

How disappointed I was then to find it rather banal. It is like a humorous jaunt down Jonathan Ross memory lane. I expected something lively, funny and perceptive. Instead it read more like a 5th former's "What I did in the holidays" school essay.

Sorry Jonathan, I tried, I plodded and I persevered.
May 28, 2009 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book Jonathan Ross, the well known TV presenter, takes us on a journey through the high points of his life and career to date, and some of the strange and funny things that have happened to him along the way. I love Jonathan's TV shows and have always been a big fan, so I thought it would be interesting to learn a bit more about the man behind the TV persona. This book is not really an autobiography as such, as he doesn't run through the events in his life in chronological order. It's mo ...more
Undoubtedly this book will be filed under autobiography for the simple fact that it needs classification when it goes onto library shelves. However, it is no such thing. This book is what we have come to expect from the infamous Jonathan Ross, being almost a copy of his famed chat shows in which he talks almost exclusively about himself. It is anecdotal not autobiographical. It is, like the show very funny, highly enjoyable while being an easy, light read. Just the thing for summer days!
Christine Blachford
It took me a while to get into this book. Jonathan Ross writes exactly as he speaks, and it wasn’t until I could hear his voice in my head as I was reading that it really started to flow. Some of the statements and sentences seemed harsh and out of place, but as soon as you’ve got Ross reading it to you in your head, then it all fits together much better.

It’s a highly unnecessary book, guiding you through some small snippets of his life, with nothing particularly groundbreaking or designed to gr
I've been a fan of Jonathan Ross ever since I saw him on BBC the first time. He's a really funny man, so how can I not? I decided to read this book because it would be fun - how could it not be when it's Jonathan Ross?
The problem is that even though it's really funny at times, it's just not enough. I was really bored most of the time and it just seemed to drag on. Of course there's some elements that I really liked.
I liked the moment where it was funny - where Jonathan Ross didn't try to be funn
May 18, 2010 Tammie rated it liked it
Another audiobook to keep me company on a long drive...initially it started off so well, I was laughing so hard that I thought I might need to switch it off as it felt unsafe to be driving and crying with laughter at the same time, but it tamed right down after that.

An interesting insight into the psyche of someone famous who has managed to keep themselves pretty well grounded most of the time. Some lovely anecdotes about parenting etc that made me laugh and a hilarious story of his travels call
Jan 29, 2010 Rick rated it really liked it
Shelves: autobiography
This book was given to me for christmas and to be truthful is not one I would probably have gone out and bought. All that being said, it was a really good read.
It didn't actually come across so much as a life story, but more of a collection of ideas, experiences and many comical incidents that happened to 'wossy' through his, what has to be said, considerable carrear.
One quote I must say 'tickled my fancy' was Jonathan speaking about his younger days and the lack of funds available to him, an
Sally Armitage
Apr 24, 2014 Sally Armitage rated it it was ok
Excellent laugh out loud holiday reading.
Sep 02, 2011 Louise rated it really liked it
I wasn’t a big fan of Jonathan Ross before I read this book, and was expecting him to come across as annoying, just as I found him on his chat show. However, I did really enjoy this book and didn’t find it annoying at all. It’s not an autobiography as such; instead it’s a book that covers a subject at a time from his weight over the years to his comic book interest. I actually loved this format and thought it made the book flow better. Altogether, a very enjoyable book I would recommend,
Li Or
Mar 17, 2013 Li Or rated it liked it
Befitting the title of this book, "no filter" comes to mind as Ross delves into stories of unspeakable things teenage boys do with hoovers and adventures in relieving yourself in unexpected places. But he does so in a likeable and funny way and offers an interesting glimpse into the mind and life of a self-confessed geek / punk youngster turned absolutely shameless TV celebrity. I liked it :)
Jul 28, 2011 Jane rated it really liked it
I don't quite understand why people here have given so many bad reviews on this book as I thought it was very funny. This was a nice quick read that was both honest and hilarious. Some of the goings on are downright bizarre much as you would expect from Jonathan Ross. It is also great to hear someone being so passionate about his greatest loves... his wife, his kids, his pets and Japan.
Jun 28, 2013 Sharon rated it really liked it
Jonathan is so funny. Don't expect his life story, this is just a bunch of rambling thoughts, happenings and memories but it really is laugh out loud stuff. From cats hanging off his testicles to looking after a disabled chappy who wants a bit of assistance in the porn department - you are going to be laughing your head off.
Jan 18, 2011 Richard rated it it was amazing
If you're a fan of Jonathan Ross (and I am) then you'll love the style this book is written in. I quite literally laughed out loud through almost every chapter filled with anecdotes and stories. I was sorry to put the book down - very funny indeed!
Feb 17, 2013 Kate rated it did not like it
first half a dozen pages are dreadful, full of things that are supposed to be jokes.. but aren't. then it gets a smidge better. overall pointless, all you learn about him is his love for animals, the rest is boring.
Jul 19, 2012 Cherry rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes comedians
I loved, loved, loved this book!

I swear this is so funny. I was rolling on the floor, crying with laughter most of the time!

I think Jonathan Ross is soooooooo funny!

I love watching his programs on t.v.
Kevin Oram
Jul 10, 2009 Kevin Oram marked it as to-read
Really looking forward to this book.. have had it on my shelf for 2 months... i want to read it when I need poicking up and need to smile. Not there yet so it can stay in its wrapper.
Apr 05, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it
Very funny, while reading I could imagine him saying it all. Alot of laugh out loud moments which I had to share with people! Easy to read and made me laugh so it's all good!
Persephone Abbott
Jun 12, 2013 Persephone Abbott rated it it was ok
Entertaining enough, an insight to a man with a run on mind obsessed with trends and anything that might occupy three minutes of his time to be granted genius status.
Jan 08, 2011 Stuart rated it did not like it
I really like Jonathan Ross but I really couldn't get into this book. I just found the chapters a struggle and made it to the third chapter/story before giving up.
Jul 08, 2012 Timothy rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, non-fiction
Incredibly witty, just what I expected. Despite the book's claims that it's not an autobiography, it is one of the best autobiographies I've read in a while.
Jan 10, 2009 Trev rated it it was ok
OK. It passed the time, but I wouldn't search it out particularly. Large print and not many pages mean it's a quick read.
Cheryl Leigh
Mar 07, 2012 Cheryl Leigh rated it did not like it
I couldn't finish it. It rambled aimlessly between pointlessness, hysterical bits, and vulgarity that I could not tolerate.
Jun 23, 2012 Shullie rated it it was ok
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Oct 28, 2008 Chris rated it liked it
Nothing unexpected and I'd heard a few of the stories before. However two or three stories had me in hysterics.
Gayle Noble
Nov 03, 2015 Gayle Noble rated it really liked it
I found myself actually laughing out loud whilst reading this. Great for some light reading.
Jul 27, 2011 Jono added it
Funny enough to begin with but slowly becomes very pepetitive and boring.
Apr 17, 2009 Zigzig rated it really liked it
Some good stories that entertain in the syle of the man himself
Samantha Esme-leonard
I love him! This book was so well written. So funny. Just brilliant.
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Jonathan Stephen Ross is a television and radio presenter best known for presenting his own chat show, ‘Friday Night with Jonathan Ross’ on BBC One during the 2000s. A multi-faceted personality, he has worked as a comedian, film critic, broadcaster and radio DJ at different junctures in his media career. Considered to be among the most successful British broadcasters of his generation, he began hi ...more
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