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May I Have Your Attention, Please?

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  3,736 ratings  ·  262 reviews
The warm, hilarious story of the Gavin and Stacey cocreator and starAs far back as he can remember James Corden has only ever wanted to be in one place: in front of an audience, doing something to make them cry, shout, scream, or giggle uncontrollably—but it wasn't that easy getting there. Growing up, his dad would drive him up and down to London for auditions, sometimes t ...more
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by Random House UK (first published September 29th 2011)
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Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wouldn’t call myself a big Cordon fan, I feel that he can play a certain role well though.
Obviously he came to my attention because of ‘Smithy’ on Gavin and Stacey, but I was also curious to read this having guest starred in Doctor Who.

The main thing that I took from this biography was Cordon’s time touring The History Boy and the subsequent film adaptation.
What an incredible cast of young actors including Dominic Cooper, Russell Tovey and Samuel Barnett.
It made me want to watch the movie!

I found it to be a bit of a snoozefest, I'm sad to say. I'm sure others will enjoy though. Lots of celebrity anecdotes and name dropping.
I'm glad Cordon changed himself in recent years but he was rather a dick for most of his life. Didn't make me warm to him really.
I listened via audible and even his voice and his inflection at the end of sentences started to grate on me.
Victoria Watson
Oct 11, 2011 rated it did not like it
Yes, James, you've got our attention. You've released your autobiography and, as a huge 'Gavin and Stacey' fan, I was so excited to read it. Not only is he the man responsible for one of the - if not the - biggest British comedies in the last decade, he's also well-known for his roles in ITV's 'Fat Friends' and both the stage and movie productions of Alan Bennett's 'The History Boys'.

Basically, this book is a three-hundred and-odd page apology to everyone James Corden has ever pissed off. And, l
Jessica Howard
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
A fun listen. Made me laugh out loud a few times... Although it's a bit odd bc I didn't even know who James Corden was till carpool karaoke, but this book is 5 years old, so there's no mention of the Late Late Show or any of that.

But it was fun to hear his early career stories, (although I had to do a lot of googling to see who these British actors and directors are), even if I did get some weird looks for laughing out loud while listening in Costco. ;)
Mar 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I generally love James Corden and as such I had high hopes for this autobiography. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed.
I selected this one because I was coming off of some heavier reads and wanted something a bit lighter and something funny. While this was certainly jovial at times, I can't say that I ever really truly laughed; the most I got was a grin at a piece of wry British humor (my favorite kind normally.)
It was interesting to hear Mr. Corden's background - I actually didn't kn
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've just finished this book and I have to say, I really quite enjoyed it. It was an easy read that didn't take particularly long, but I didn't expect any different to be honest, it's an autobiography not a hard hitting novel. I found it refreshing to read just how down to earth he is, unlike some of the people on here, I certainly didn't interpet it as a book full of apologies at all. To me, it highlighted the extent of how hard he has worked to get to where he is today. I think it's very easy ...more
Kasa Cotugno
Despite his enormous successes in Britain, James Corden was virtually unknown in this country when he was tapped to replace Craig Ferguson as host of CBS's Late Late Show. I only knew him from his taped performance in NTL's One Man Two Guvnors. He fast became a favorite of ours as a late night host, and the unpredictable quality of his award-winning show and its originality continues. On picking up this autobiography, I was dismayed to find it was written on the eve of these events, but ended be ...more
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I love James Corden but was disappointed by this book as it was more of his personal memoirs and hardly any comedy in it. Also an extreme amount of name dropping. Still an interesting read, just not laugh out loud funny as I was expecting / hoping.
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
A fun read for Corden fans. I am one.
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-audible
Highly recommended listening!

I loved every minute of this audiobook.  James Corden narrates which makes it feel like he is telling you the story on a one-to-one basis which is amazing!!

Before listening I had only seen James on his game show on Sky TV but since then I have watched every episode of Gavin & Stacey and rate him even higher now.

If you like James, you will love listening to this wonderful story of his life up until 2010.... there is so much more to know now so hopefully there will be
Dec 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed James' Book. I liked how human he seemed. I also like how he left all the boring details out that so many other celebs have tried to bore me with. He chose a couple of stories from each period of his life and didn't whittle on for pages about them. Straight and to the point. He sounds as if he's a very humble man, who has acknowledged that he was, indeed, a dick for a while. I would definitely recommend this book. Especially for all you that think James is only famous for being ...more
Charlotte Jones
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it
This book has been on my radar for a while but I finally listened to it this week and I'm a little disappointed to be honest. To be fair, this has very little to do with the book itself, more the fact it was published in 2011. I'm glad James talked so much about Gavin and Stacey and his career to that point, especially knowing how his career is going now with the Late Late Show. 

The book is written in a very honest way, not always painting Corden in the best light or as the nicest person. Howeve
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, biographies
I really enjoyed reading this book! I started as a big fan of JC, at least what I'd seen him in, but quickly realised he has done much much more than I was aware of. The stuff about Take That make me smile out loud (if that is possible!) and the chapters about Gavin and Stacey made me go and buy the box set, which I can't wait to watch again from start to finish. Disappointed there wasn't more about the foundations and development of ALOTO, which is probably my favourite programme in TV at the m ...more
Christeena Samuel
Since I discoverd my love for James Corden last year with the beginning of the Late Late show, I have pretty much tried to watch everything that he is done television-wise (surprisingly with the exception of Gavin and Stacey - but I will get to that soon).

I love this book because it was absolutely James, adorable, hysterical, ridiculous and at times a little teary eyed!

If you love him, you will love this.
Julia Doherty
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have just finished this book and it was really well written. James made me laugh out loud at times, and I felt quite sorry for him at other times. It just goes to show you that it can be lonely at the top, and that family and friends are so important. I look forward to following his story now that he has a new chapter in his life.

PS:- I can't believe he kept "Kimberley" in his sons name!!
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really liked how he revealed his youthful blunders... They were pretty condemning but his honesty was refreshing. I am now addicted to "Gavin and Stacey" - the show he and Ruth wrote and starred in... HILARIOUSLY FUNNY!!!
Have your computer handy while reading so you can check out the many references he makes to videos, poems, people... All worth learning about.
Loved the book!
Sara Heunisch
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
i thrived on hearing about james' friendship with dominic cooper, the most ridiculous brit i have ever come across. if i ever meet either of them, i'm gonna have to ask about the origin of dom's nickname and then consequently die immediately afterward so i can take the secret to my grave ...more
Kazimiera pendrey
Oct 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoirs
interesting and quite funny in parts i read this book as i am a huge fan of gavin and stacey
Christine Wylde
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. James cries a lot and is not afraid to let his readers know how much! It's good to know that a leading male figure has feelings. ...more
Tena Edlin
Entertaining listen. I'd love to hear an update since his career has exploded since this book was written. ...more
Veronica Nealis
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love James Corden even more after reading this book. His story is one of living and learning. This book brings humor to that aspect of life.
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Clevel, funny and honest... And he is a massive “Take That” fan. What’s not to like?
Jodi-Tatiana Charles
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The pitfalls in ones life can truly propel you to success...if you are willing to understand your limits and take risk. This book may not be for everyone, but it was the right book for me.
Mrs C T Plenty
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Really enjoyed this book couldn't put it down. Really exceeded my expectations of James writing. I hope you enjoy as I did
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own-book
Note to self - don't bother reading autobiographies by comedians, I have yet to read one that I've really enjoyed. I also don't believe that at the age of 32 you qualify to be writing an autobiography, too young. Anyway I didn't laugh once, was I wrong to expect to? ...more
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, bios
An engaging and candid memoir, written well before Carpool or The Late Late Show.
Christopher Scherer
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biographies
Funny biography by James. He is surprisingly humble and serious about his craft. Made me want to watch his show Gavin and Stacey which I believe is currently available on Hulu.
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: celebrity-bios
I pushed through this book because I am a really big fan of James Corden but honestly it was a struggle. Written before the Late Late show's success it talks about his childhood and how he was a horrible child. Honestly that was funny to read at first but as soon as it was mentioned over and over again I found myself bored.

It was interesting to hear about his early acting jobs and how he managed to get Gavin and Stacey off the ground, as well as living alone and learning what it means to grow up
Claire Martin
Jan 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
A quick easy read. Interesting to read about the trials of making it as an actor, and as a massive Gavin & Stacey fan, it was good to read about how it came about, and was written. However, I didn't like the tone of the book so much, everyone mentioned was one of his biggest idols, each film in his top 10, it was a little tedious, it sat between needy and arrogant, which was a little weird. The book felt as though it was rushed, and judging by how he mentions his son as a day old at the beginnin ...more
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
They say to never meet your idols because you'll be disappointed and although James is not one of my idols, I did like him and thought he was refreshingly different in the celeb world. So I was disappointed to find that he was arrogant and not just in the period he admits to being so. I enjoyed the school stuff, although I can appreciate he must have been a nightmare to try and teach, but the celeb stuff left me cold. I just felt like it was a little bit whiny. Yes he's had struggles and as an o ...more
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