Why Do I Say These Things?
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Why Do I Say These Things?

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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 (first published 2008)
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Manda
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
Maria
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
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...more
Diana
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...more
Kim Annabella
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...more
Tammie
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...more
Rick
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...more
Sally Armitage
Excellent laugh out loud holiday reading.
Louise
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
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 :)
Jane
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.
Sharon
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.
Richard
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!
Kate
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.
Cherry
Jul 19, 2012 Cherry rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
Sarah
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
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.
Stuart
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.
Timothy
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.
Trev
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
I couldn't finish it. It rambled aimlessly between pointlessness, hysterical bits, and vulgarity that I could not tolerate.
Shullie
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Chris
Nothing unexpected and I'd heard a few of the stories before. However two or three stories had me in hysterics.
Gayle Noble
I found myself actually laughing out loud whilst reading this. Great for some light reading.
Jono
Jul 27, 2011 Jono added it
Funny enough to begin with but slowly becomes very pepetitive and boring.
Zigzig
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.
Hafisa
This is a very light read- Good if you love Jonathan Ross
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