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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  1,819 ratings  ·  135 reviews
It's time to get serious with Britain's favourite funny man - Camp David, by David Walliams.

David Walliams has been the camp aide to the Prime Minister, the rubbish transvestite and the long-suffering wheelchair pusher for an able-bodied man. He was launched to fame with the record-breaking Little Britain, and for a while you couldn't enter a playground without hearing "eh
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Hardcover, 358 pages
Published October 11th 2012 by Michael Joseph (first published January 1st 2012)
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Maria Teresa Zumbo
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: autobiography
Pure honesty.. and a little bit of fun.

There’s a line in the book.

It’s at the very beginning, when you’re still not sure what the mood of the book is, in which David writes about a joke. It’s something fun and light, that inspires a chuckle.
After the joke David writes “Don’t worry, there are jokes in this book, the next one in on page 176”.

That’s as truthful as a warning can be.

This is not a comedy book and I didn’t start his autobiography under the impression that it would have been a fun re
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Mike Jennison
Oct 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book... I've never read a book what made me laugh out loud in one chapter and close to tears in the next. Unlike a lot of celebrity biographies where you already know 50% of the content due to celeb magazines and news... David walliams has had a very interesting life!!! Looking toward to book 2. ...more
Amanda
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love watching David Walliams when he's on TV although I do not watch Britain's Got Talent as I don't like those kind of shows. David makes me laugh, his campness is appealing and now that he is happily married and about to become a father I have warmed to him even more.

If you want a laugh a minute book like the man appears on the TV then you are knocking on the wrong door. There is his trademark humour but a lot of the subjects in this autobiography are serious and on times moving. I never kne
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Katherine
Jan 23, 2013 rated it liked it
This is the first autobiography I have read. I did enjoy it and it did make me laugh but it wasn't as funny as I anticipated. I found finding out about Walliams' life very interesting for the most part as I knew very little of him, however I felt the book lost its way in the middle. I struggled with his portrayal of his life with comedy partner Matt Lucas, I found it dry and fairly dull, which is odd because I had anticipated this partnership was going to be what interested me most about his lif ...more
Lissie Balog
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Knowing only about him through Little Britain USA, this was super interesting to read. I always feel like whenever I read about comics they have or are dealing with some kind of darkness. I read somewhere that comedians need to know the "darkness" in order to make us laugh. This book was an interesting insight to that. If you like British humor and British comics this is a great read. ...more
Sophia Loves to read
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was incredible funny and sad at the same time , an enjoyable read
Leila
I loved this book! I have always admired David Walliams. He makes me laugh and is a really likeable character. However I have always felt that there was very much more to David behind the popular image. When I saw he had brought out his autobiography I immediately bought it. I don't regret it either. This is an open, frank and extremely readable book giving his readers an in-depth view of David's true personality.

He writes with incredible honesty and makes no apologies for who he really is. Why
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Cath
Nov 08, 2016 rated it liked it
2.5/5 stars.
So as a kid I watched Little Britain, I didn't understand any of the jokes but I still though it was funny. Recently I was watching David Walliams swim the English channel on youtube and I wanted to know more about him, he's a really funny guy but what did I really know about David Walliams?

Well first of all, this book is incredibly honest, in this book Walliams talks about his depression, reading that was hard. Even though he appears as a happy funny guy on screen, during the filmin
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Victoria Leather
Jan 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Enjoyable insight into David Walliams but I was left with the distinct feeling he had heavily self-edited to give the best view of himself. I guess all biographies do that to a degree but I came away from this feeling short changed and like I'd been spun the version of himself he'd like the public to have rather than the one which is real. Perhaps its just too early in his career to be really honest with himself, let alone readers. Another biography which could have done with another 10/20 years ...more
Renita D'Silva
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Funny and irreverent
stephen smitten
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well worth reading

I love little Britain, often watch the old episodes, still make me laugh as much. David sees himself as the straight one to Matt, but I think they are both equally as funny and talented. David speaks very honestly about his life especially his depression. He comes across as a nice person, I always thought so when he was judging BGT he's never nasty. The book tells of his early life, career and eventual rise to fame. It's often funny but also very sad in places. A good book.
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Caroline
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Started out really liking David Walliams, but after reading his autobiography, I felt I was liking him a bit less than I had. I felt there were parts of the book where he came across as a bit of a whinger. Maybe I was reading to much into the way he wrote the book. Glad I read it, but wouldn't go out of my way to read any others by him. ...more
Rachel
May 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Easy to read, honest account of an interesting and likeable person. I enjoyed this far more than Russell Brands autobiography that I also read recently. Was interesting to read that David's relationship with Matt Lucas was not without problems. Not laugh out loud funny and some quite sad parts.
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Stephen Lum
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you love 'Little Britain' you will love reading about David Walliams! The book is raw, funny, sad and a great read. I really enjoyed it. So much that it took me 4 days to read. Highly Recommend. ...more
Clare Ricketts
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite surprising, well worth a read!
Kate
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really torn on how to rate "Camp David".

It is such a diverse book. It incorporates the classic Walliams humour, whilst revealing an unknown more vulnerable side of him.
Whilst his diary entries were insightful, I felt they took up too much of the book with lengthy entries as opposed to relevant references.
It was brave and honourable to open up about his struggles with mental health yet at times came across as resentful towards Lucas which lead to a frustrating read.

For his frank honesty about his
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Dillon Harris
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘Cano David’ is so much more than what the authour or cover would lead you to believe. It is far more than just Walliams recounting his life and telling jokes along the way, it’s a story of how someone can be put through the ringer, yet still come out the other side looking untouched.

Maybe I’m reading in to it too much, but I know I’m not exaggerating how this book moved me. David’s impeccable way of telling stories makes you feel like you are right there with him, he was able to leave me in st
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Shereen
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
Cannot believe this is an autobiography from a celebrity. Even though I liked David Walliams as a comedian, I initially had low expectations for this book. Little by little, I grew to admire the bravery of its content while taking delight in the author’s cheekiness and verve. There were many agonizing moments to read, painfully tugging at the heartstrings for its authenticity and depth of emotions. By the end, most of my misconceptions about the person fell away and I’m left with a better and mo ...more
Philip Hunt
I enjoyed this rather more than I expected. I was never a big fan of Little Britain, finding it rather too rude and explicit for my taste. Yet I recognised there was talent aplenty in the show's writing and performances. This autobiography fleshes out the reality behind. Walliams is self-deprecating and generous in his reflections. He is also scrupulously honest and frank about his experiences, and his difficulties. It's a story of triumph and perserverence. Worthy. And the book's title is cleve ...more
Kirsty
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
I'm not sure what I feel about this book. 90% of this book is about his struggle to get where he is today (well where he was up to in 2012). He does discuss his depression but the main details are at the back and that is difficult to read.
I think if I was a big huge comedy person then I would have enjoyed it more but I read it because I liked David Walliams but it's not enough to know all the names dropped in this book.
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Mona
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've loved David before and thought he was really funny, but after reading his book I simply adore him. My heart really went out to him. I love how honest he wrote about his struggle with depression and about the long, long way to success. Despite all the set-backs, he never gave up on his dream which is rather inspiring. ...more
Sarah
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved watching David on Little Britain and I love watching him as a judge on Britain's got talent so I was very excited to read this book. It was wonderful reading about his younger life and I laughed at the funny parts and cried when he said about the times he felt like he didn't want to live anymore. ...more
Claire
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5⭐️ One of the best autobiographies I have read in ages! Funny, sad and brutally honest at the same time. David Williams has gone way up in my estimation after reading this. Only reasons I didn’t give it a 5... some of the diary entries were a bit long winded and it is a shame it stopped when it did (after the airing of the 1st episode of Little Britain), otherwise fantastic!
Louis
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Found this book rather entertaining and much more interesting than I had anticipated, only really knowing him for Little Britain. Well worth a read and for cross overs with other interesting commedians and insights on mental health.
Tracey
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed finding out about David Walliam's complex life. There is always more to people than meets the eye and his hard work and tenacity and self belief when everything was failing finally paid off for him. A very enjoyable read. ...more
Glenys
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Amazing the struggles he faced to become the man he is today, he battled depression (and still does), he struggled at times with friendships, but it was a great read especially when he mentioned other comedians he met and studied with on his way to fame. It wasn't an easy road, but he got there. ...more
Lisa Ann
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I felt the end was a little rushed, or maybe I just want more of David's happier times ... who was the woman that broke his heart!?!? ...more
Kayleigh Louise
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is so well written. it had me laughing out loud & also close to tears at times. brilliant book & was a great insight into the mind & life of David Williams.
Richard Luck
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Quite a sad book, all told. That said, Mr Walliams' bravery in writing about his battle with depression means one can take a lot of joy out any and all happiness he enjoys in the future. ...more
Raija
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was not a happy book. Quite tragic actually, but a good read.
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David Walliams is an actor and writer best known for his work with Matt Lucas in the multi-award-winning sketch show Little Britain. His debut children's novel, The Boy in the Dress, was published in 2008 to unanimous critical acclaim and he has since developed a reputation as a natural successor to Roald Dahl. ...more

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