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My Shit Life So Far

3.34  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,391 Ratings  ·  142 Reviews
Frankie's outrageous, laugh-out loud, cynical rant on life as he knows it is presented here in all its outrageous glory. From growing up in Pollockshaws, Glasgow – "it was an aching cement void, a slap in the face to childhood, and for the family it was a step up" – to his rampant teenage sex drive – "in those days if you glimpsed a nipple on T.V. it was like porn Christma ...more
Hardcover, 291 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Dec 31, 2010 Ana rated it it was amazing
I have no idea who Frankie Boyle is and bought this based on the title at a used bookstore. Super funny- Unfortunately, there aren't a lot of people I can recommend this to, as the material is VERY offensive. Not for the faint at heart. Also the Scottish references were lost on me. Still, this was truly entertaining. An example of his nasty humor is that he calls AIDS the "Gay Rabies". HA!
Not for the faint of heart. Frankie Boyle's pseudo-autobiography. I say pseudo, because you have to assume that a large part of it is embellished, altered or downright bullshit.

Starting with his early life and working through to the time he kicked a drunk Santa off the stage in front of me at the Hammersmith Apollo (strangely he doesn't mention me being there in the book at all though).

This book isn't as funny as that show, but if you like humour that offends you to your very core, this is a goo
Jan 02, 2016 Chris rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Funny in places but mainly I didn't understand a thing he was saying! Not because of his nationality; I am half Scottish and understand the Scottish ways and way but just because it didn't seem to go anywhere. Maybe that is his point but I think he can go over the top sometimes. To him, it is for shock value but I don't think so much of it is necessary. As with most things in life moderation is the key, it's the excess that can kill you and I think the excess killed the book for me.

Sep 24, 2010 Barry rated it it was amazing
Relentlessly hilarious, disjointed and the only "celebrity" autobiography worth reading as it tells you precisely nothing about the person.

My favourite line - "tell God if he wants to make himself useful he can stick his finger up my arse".
May 13, 2012 James rated it it was ok
Shelves: self-help
It was a fun little read at first, and to be honest I was hoping to glean or garner some inspiration for the little jokes that were flooding my mind.

You see, creating jokes isn't all that hard to do. What is hard is creating the little stories around those jokes and being able to prosecute them in a timely fashion. Also, you've got to be a good communicator, and that's the biggest area I'm lacking in.

But, believe it or not, I'm a bit of a story-teller meself, and was lucky enough to springboard
Jan 27, 2010 Boody rated it liked it
As a fan of Frankie Boyle I was suprised when I found out he'd written a celebrity biography. After reading the short section available on the Amazon website I wasn't sure whether to bother or not as it came across as disjoint and that he was trying a bit too hard to be zany.

Fortunately things settle down after the first chapter. The bits and pieces about his life, alcohol and drug experiences and the occasional story were interested but shallow. Some additional detail would have made a huge dif
Mick Bordet
Jan 31, 2014 Mick Bordet rated it liked it
There are more jokes here than biography, but that's playing to his strengths, I guess. His private life is kept to himself and he focuses on what has defined his comedy. There are some touching moments and even interesting political ideas mixed in with the trademark Boyle humour. Not for the faint-hearted, but it certainly raised a few healthy laughs.
Valerie Penny
Apr 26, 2015 Valerie Penny rated it it was ok
My Shit Life So Far is meant to be a comedic observational autobiography by comedian and topical panelist Frankie Boyle. Francis Martin Patrick Boyle, known as Frankie Boyle, is a Scottish comedian and writer, well known for his pessimistic and often controversial sense of humour. He was born on 16 August 1972 in Glasgow, Scotland to Irish parents. Boyle attended Holyrood Secondary school in Glasgow. After leaving school he attended Aston University to read Urban Planning but he left after a yea ...more
Kinyaa Inthe Chebarbar
I didn't even know who Boyle was before picking up this book but the first few chapters left my ribs hurting with sadistic humor. I read the book in traffic in a bus and am sure the person sitting next to me must have thought me mad because of how hard I was laughing. I'd read a paragraph put the book aside laugh so much that I'd be fighting back tears and a running nose.

The statement on the back page read something like 'if you like the davinci code and harry porter why are you even looking at
Saoirse Sterling
[Short review from memory until I re-read and re-review at a later date:

Oh, do I want to re-read this? Four stars? I was a big fan, I suppose, but now... Maybe that will put it in to perspective. Funny, I can remember, but little else. He capitalised on his fame, aye.]
Tom Franklin
Jan 23, 2015 Tom Franklin rated it it was ok
The first section of Boyle's autobiography concerns growing up poor in small-town Scotland during the 80s. It's the best part of the book -- Boyle's view of his childhood and teenage years is both honest and insightful. He's not trying to impress or be overly funny, he's being reflective.

The second part of the book is Sex and Drugs and Comedy. I didn't find any of it all that insightful, nor was it funny (especially when he was presenting skits that he and a friend had written while stoned).

Susan Steed
Sep 02, 2015 Susan Steed rated it really liked it
When I first picked this up I didn't enjoy it as a lot of it is completely made up. However, when I got into it, I found it totally fascinating. It talks about his increasing politicisation, how he found Chomsky, as well as his views on comedy and all sorts of other topics. I gave it to a charity shop so I didn't have to carry it home on the train from Edinburgh otherwise I would have included some of the more memorable quotes but I think he ends the book by saying something like 'why the fuck a ...more
Oct 30, 2014 James rated it really liked it
I got this as a Christmas present so didn't really have much of an idea what the book was about. I should have guessed that being Boyle it was unlikely to be an out-and-out celebrity biography - and its not.

You learn little to nothing about Frankie as the book is more of a fictitious story charting his pre-fame life. There are references, characters, performances which have all genuinely happened but its interwoven with so many jokes and stories - essentially he's an unreliable narrator so you
Jeff Hanson
Jun 30, 2014 Jeff Hanson rated it liked it
This memoir/autobiography of Scottish comic Frankie Boyle has a few laugh out loud moments, but doesn't reveal much about the author. A few quotes are pretty priceless, e.g., "Personally I'm looking forward to telling my children they were adopted. They weren't, I'm just looking forward to telling them that." But on the whole, the book consists primarily of recounting various drink and drug filled comedy tours with some political commentary interspersed. Some examples of drug fueled comedy writi ...more
Patrick Neylan
Shit life so far? You're not doing anything to improve it here, pal. A friend of a friend whose dog goes to the same vet as the chinchilla owned by the ex-girlfriend of someone who once worked at the publisher (oh alright, it was (view spoiler)) told me that it took a lot of work to get it up to standard. Yeah? God knows what the original manuscript was like.

Okay, let's be positive. For all his deliberate odiousness (although I'm told that's just a
Oct 03, 2009 Roxanne rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2009
Firstly i do like Frankie Boyle he is just hilarious but i'm not too sure about this book.

You literally learn nothing about Frankie Boyle, other than he really wants to quit being a comedian and you get the overall sense he's bored of it really. He constantly goes on about his past drug use and how exciting it was, however he never really goes into great detail about it. Along with his drinking problem he used to have, never really went into great detail about that even though he often talks abo
Paul Devine
Jan 18, 2011 Paul Devine rated it liked it
I was a really big fan of Frankie Boyle when I saw his first standup dvd. I never really watch TV and so I hadn't seen him on Mock The Week etc. I'm from Glasgow and I went to the same secondary school as him.

I never got a chance to see him live, any time I noticed he had a gig coming up it was always sold out. I saw his newest standup dvd and thought it was more of the same of the first one, slag-the-audience formula was getting a bit tired and he was trying a bit too hard to be more shocking a
Jun 16, 2010 Dion rated it did not like it
I guess I am a masochist, after paying money and spending a few hours finding out how contempible Frankie Boyle finds me and everybody else in the world. It's made all the more unsettling by the fact that he spends most of the book (at least the part that he's not unnecessarily padding with lousy sketches he couldn't get aired) trying way too hard to convince us he's just an average man, albeit one who finds even his fans deplorable. The whole book is really just a barely coherent patchwork of m ...more
Nov 15, 2010 Ceri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
This book is basically as the title says, Frankie Boyle’s shit life so far. I only normally read biog’s about celebs I know of but my son said this was brilliant and I had to give it a go!! I’ve never seen Boyle on TV and only heard of him as he had caused a contraversy a few months ago that I saw on the news.

With some of the things he’s says I’m laughing but with some things I’m cringing, he’s quite a cynical fella isn’t he! He says in the introduction that he lies a lot in this book (and I cou
Becky Haslam
A word of warning; do not attempt to read this book unless you have a very flexible sense of humour! I bought this book, being a massive fan of Boyle's, from seeing his live stand-up, and stints on Mock the Week. However, a page into his autobiography, and I was ready to put it down and walk away. The introduction seems to be a one-man mission to offend as many people as is possible in a few pages.

I got through this though, and I must say, the rest is brilliant. Boyle is no writer, clearly, and
Jan 20, 2012 Orlagh rated it it was ok
In brief: Frankie reflects on his life in a very sardonic way.... chock-a-block full of his usual acerbic wit!

The good bits: Every so often there were some parts that made me laugh out loud, such as when he wrote about his short lived spell as a teacher.

The bad bits: Having seen some of Frankie's comedy I knew that this would be quite crude in places, yet at times there were too many inappropriate jokes, even for me.

I read this book because: Jaw staggeringly rude and offensive he may be, yet I
Tim Roast
Mar 06, 2012 Tim Roast rated it liked it
This is the autobiography of Frankie Boyle from TV's Mock the Week. As you'd expect from the title of the book and from Frankie's comedy style as seen from his TV and stand-up work he views life negatively. However this doesn't mean the book is dour and depressing because he has interspersed his humour into it as much as possible. Some of this had me laughing out loud. For example he relates a story where he shimmies down a drainpipe to avoid his flatmate who he wants to avoid, only to get caugh ...more
Sascha Gabriel
Nov 03, 2013 Sascha Gabriel rated it liked it
Could have been worse is my overall take on this book. There were much less rape and paedophile references than expected, which was a good thing. In places it was quite well written too and did offer a hypothesis as to why his humour is so bleak: he and his life was bleak, and it would have been odd, perhaps, if his delivery had developed a positive sunny style. It also becomes more clear why he and Michael Macintyre would NEVER get on ;)

The drink and drugs pages were, as junkie stories often ar
Jun 08, 2013 Kerry rated it it was ok
I heard terrible things about this book, but reading it for myself came to the conclusion that those who'd read it before me had both seriously a) anticipated reading an actual autobiography and b) had high expectations despite the title "My Shit Life So Far". I include myself in the equation, and I'm sure Frankie is laughing at me and every other silly idiot now. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that publishing this was a bet with someone to see if it topped whichever reality celebrity was also ...more
Faye Ducker
Oct 13, 2014 Faye Ducker rated it did not like it
I hated this book. I love a good autobiography but this was just pure shit. It is obvious that Boyle is the most unreliable narrator that ever lived, and this is normally an interesting technique to use in fiction, but not a book that is packaged as an autobiography. I grew tired of trying to delve through his bullshit and I can't remember whether I even finished the book or not. If I could give you one piece of advice, it would be not to bother.
Steve Williams
Oct 21, 2012 Steve Williams rated it it was ok
It was a while ago that I read this now. I was intrigued to read about someone of my age, growing up in the 70s and 80s and seeing life now, with some life experience as he approaches 40. From what I remember the content was a bit thin which did at least make it a quick read. He also weaved what I thought was stand up material into his life story which I felt was a cynical attempt to flesh out the book. He is funny, no doubt but his style does wear after a while as there is no variance or light ...more
Book Addict Shaun
Aug 24, 2012 Book Addict Shaun rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2011
In looking through my books to see which ones I could review (some of them I read years ago and so can hardly remember) I came across this. I have read plenty of autobiographies over the years and this is by far the worst of them all. I don't even know why I bothered to read it. Frankie Boyle is a horrible human being. First off I want to say that Roy Chubby Brown is one of my favourite comedians, so my opinion of Frankie isn't because of his humour, it's just the fact I don't like him. I don't ...more
Apr 02, 2011 Stacey rated it it was ok
I decided to buy this book for my boyfriend last year and he only just got to finishing it last week, and I decided to give it a go after hearing him having a good laugh the whole time. I really loved Frankie when he used to take part in Mock The Week so gave it a go.

Sadly I didn't think this book was all that great. I found the beginning interesting as he describes his childhood, but even then it seemed to revolve around porn and how he hated where he lived. The later half of the novel is fragm
Ravikiran A
Feb 12, 2014 Ravikiran A rated it liked it
As a long-time fan of Boyle's subversive offensive humour, I picked up this book, figuring I'd get some insight into his life and hopefully, read some more of his jokes. Turns out, I'm a bit disappointed. While he does toss at the reader a liberal dose of his trademark celebrity-themed jokes, his "autobiography" seems more like a rambling stream-of-consciousness-esque narration of his memories. We don't really get to learn much about his life (Then again, in all fairness, he does warn us about t ...more
Apr 18, 2011 Richard rated it liked it
As I began to read this book I had a mixed opinion of Frankie Boyle. I loved his contribution to panel show "Mock the Week", but found his TV series "Tramadol Nights" only hit and miss, and his comic book writing downright bizarre. My opinion of him remains much the same after reading this book - mixed.

There are some huge laugh-out-loud moments in the book, but overall it doesn't feel very substantial and what's more, it doesn't feel very truthful or accurate. Perhaps that's intentional and I ju
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Francis Martin Patrick "Frankie" Boyle is a Scottish comedian and writer, well known for his pessimistic, often controversial sense of humour. He was a permanent panellist on Mock the Week for seven series and has made guest appearances on several popular panel shows including Have I Got News for You, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Would I Lie to You?, You Have Been Watching, Never Mind the Buzzcocks (as guest ...more
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