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My Booky Wook

(Russell Brand Memoirs #1)

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  23,620 ratings  ·  1,650 reviews
In 2006 Russell Brand exploded onto the international comedy scene. He has been named Time Out’s Comedian of the Year, Best Newcomer at the British Comedy Awards, and Most Stylish Man by GQ’s Men. His UK stand-up tour was sold out and his BBC Radio 6 show became a cult phenomenon, the second most popular podcast of the year. Before the fame, however, Russell’s life was any ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Hodder And Stoughton
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i have said it before and i will say it again: junkies are boring.

many people did not want me to read this book.they tried to save me. but this was my very last book for my reader's advisory class: the memoir,and i was so hoping to go out on a good note, me in my post-winter's bone rut. so i took a turn through the memoir section, and they seemed to fall into a couple of broad categories:

i'm drunk:

i can't keep my legs together:

i'm drunk and i can't keep my legs together:

i have overcome some aw
Apr 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Reviewers of book reviews about books
"However, I want book reviews to be book reviews. . . ."

1. This 100% Booky Wook is a stunner! This dark ruby memoir opens with a very nice raspberry like bouquet. On the palate, Russell Brand is medium bodied, very well balanced, and smooth with delicious light raspberry flavors. The finish is dry, with light tannins that linger slightly. This is a terrific memoir! If you can find this Booky Wook, impress your friends or your boss the next time you see this book on the book list. It’s a wonderfu
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Works totally at hypercerebral Oscar Wilde heights, while dabbling all the while with low nincompoop School of Jackass lows. It IS disarming because it is always heartfelt--this was one GrrrrREAT read!

Indeed, everyone may (or may not, I don't know) have what Brand calls the "nobstacle course" which reigns ardent nights and chilly days alike. He consorts with the people of the underbelly, including neo Nazis, the homeless, nasty creative-genius Dadaists; drug addicts and outcasts (and, obviously,
A.C. Lillywhite
Jul 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
I'm not one to devour a biography of any kind. An autobiography is perhaps a bit more bearable since you at least get the vaguely comforting first-person narrative of a kind of novel. Still, I'm a huge fan of Russell Brand and I wanted to give this a go. It only took me three days to finish this book, which is a miracle, considering it being all non-fictiony. I accomplished this because of the following factors; it's a really fascinating story, and I was actually curious to know what exactly was ...more
Mar 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
I thought the vernacular that the book's written in (Russell writes exactly as he speaks) would be wearing. However, once I got used to the style, I found it a quick and absorbing read. I read the majority of the book in one sitting, in fact.

There's plenty to hate if you're a hater -- and I'm not sure it's a book that's likely to convert anyone -- but there's also plenty to love if you're a fan.
Jun 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Yeah, I know. You hate Russell Brand. You can't believe someone would walk around with hair like that, for starters. And you don't understand what's so funny about him anyway - he's just a yelly, egotistical guy with tight jeans. And what's more, these people that think he's sexy are so seriously misguided you can't believe it!

Well, yeah. I thought that too for a few seconds. But then some switch was flipped in my brain and the rest is a blur of eyeliner, back-combing and too many silver chains
Hannah Young
Jul 11, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Russell Brand fans
Shelves: non-fiction, memoirs
I bought this book earlier last week, hopefully so I could get it signed at Russell Brand's gig on the Saturday (sadly he didn't sign anything, so it's still autographless) and consumed it quickly. I'd not read an autobiography before, and wasn't sure if I'd enjoy it - generally I don't enjoy non-fiction and it takes me ages to get through - but this one fascinated me all the way through. It completely retained all of his idiosyncrasies of speech and instead of hearing my internal-voice dictatin ...more
Jul 29, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sexy, memoir
yeah I fancy him.
I like the leather pants, the eyes, the attitude, the hair

But the answer to my friend's question: Isn't he a bit young to write a memoir?
well yeah.
he should have waited.
way too chatty, undigested.
some good stories, fab ones even...but disappointingly conversational. Especially as I heard him interviewed (by Terry Gross) and what he had to say was pithier, more incisive than what's far.
But still.
He's Russell Brand.
cut the guy some slack, eh?

the book gets less good,
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-sans-me
A superlative modern comedic experience! Places I read this: the train, the toilet, the bus, the train, the office, the watercooler, the toilet, the bed, the desk. Don’t you find it hard to make time to read? THERE IS NEVER ENOUGH TIME, IS THERE? I love simple books you can read simply, and hey, this man is a chuckle-tastic master. What is not to like? DON'T BE A SNOB! ...more
Feb 01, 2018 rated it did not like it

The worst book I've ever been given. In fact the only book my exbf ever gave me. I stared at it in outward bemusement, inner horror. After a couple days when I'd got through a dozen pages (on a great vacation) he said pleasantly that if I wasn't gonna read it, he would. He got through 30 pages and then put it down.
Ex: "This is awful."
Me: "Yup."

I should have known then...
Jan 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
Not sure why I even bothered with this book. Other than the fact that my boss loaned it to me. He was funny in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and amusing in Get Him to the Greek, but that's about the extent of my experience with him. I thought it might be more like Samantha Bee's book "I know you are, but what am I," which was by no means fantastic, but entertaining, very readable, and I like her even more than I did before. Her book is less an autobiography, and more a series of funny, self-depreca ...more
Dec 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned

Ack!! I am going to do it!! I am Abandoning books gives me slight anxiety, but after many talks with a friend, I realize that sometimes it is necessary. I am famous for saying, so many books, so little time, however, I hold onto a book once I start it, and I vow to complete it regardless of how long it takes. I know that is just silly. But I feel like I am letting myself (and maybe the book) down if I choose to let a book go. Maybe because I know that all books teach
Katherine Coble
Really this is a 3.5, but I'll round up to four because I like Russell Brand in spite of some of his more egregious behaviours. Actually, that's a lie. I love Russell Brand. He's one of those people whom you can tell is just smart, funny, kindhearted.

The book was good as far as getting a feel for Brand's humour--he's one comedian who is almost stronger in written word comedy than stand-up. (For examples of those who aren't: Tim Allen, Paul Reiser, Ellen DeGeneres.)

But really, the fault lies wi
Jul 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
You either love or hate Russell. Said himself, "My biggest problem is that I've lived an autobiography rather than a life". I absolutely loved this from the very first page, when Russell, in sex-addict-rehab, mentions the forthcoming "thirty wankless nights". It really is written how he speaks (and I find the way he speaks very charming!), it's like an internal monologue. He has done some shocking things, but he speaks of them so casually! I laughed and laughed at least twice on each page. ...more
Katie Owen
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Real lol bits - loved it but then I love Russell Brand
May 27, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: life-stories
I don't really know what to say about this book.

I heard an interview with Brand on NPR, an author-pushing-his-book type interview, and the book sounded really good. I had previously heard an interview with Brand (preceding the release of Forgetting Sarah Marshall) on a mainstream radio station, and he seemed really funny. (I also remember this interview because afterwords, the DJs kept saying how they weren't gay, but they could possibly be gay for Brand, and if they were gay, they would definit
Laura Elliott Monroe
Pros: Brand has a brilliant, amazing mind & sharp wit.
Cons: Scarily unfunny sections, leaves you with a yukky feeling in your tummy.
The Bottom Line: Not for the faint of heart or individuals unfamiliar with British culture.

I love British comedy, but outside of Eddie Izzard I'm not very well-versed in British stand-up comedy. I knew of Russell Brand and also enjoyed him immensely in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." I knew he was edgy and also a recovered user/alcoholic, and that kind of thing doesn't
Sep 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
Let me start by admitting that I do NOT like Russell Brand. But I read Revolution and thought the writing wasn't that bad and I was interested to see how this compared. At first, this book wasn't as annoying as I thought it would be, but then Russell's ego takes over and starts to ruin things. The writing isn't bad when you compare it to other celeb books. Most celebs can't write for shit (even the ones who, ironically, haven't written their own books, which is most of them!), but Brand can writ ...more
Dec 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoirs, library
“To this day, I feel a fierce warmth for women that have the same disregard for the social conventions of sexual protocol as I do. I love it when I meet a woman and her sexuality is dancing across her face, so it's apparent that all we need to do is nod and find a cupboard.”

I was curious about this book so I found it at the library. I find Russell Brand amusing but sometimes too obnoxious. Andddd I guess the book didn't really show me otherwise.

There were experiences that made me laugh. Rus
Emma  Kaufmann
Jan 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Hmm, I suppose because Russell Brand is a funny comedian I thought this might be funny. It isn't. Okay I know it's a self pitying, wallowing story about his life addicted to heroin and also a sex addict but you'd have thought that the 'hilarious' incidents where he disgraces himself by visiting brothels while meant to be filming TV shows etc would have been funnier. But frankly Brand does not have a way with words on paper and does not bring any of these incidents to life. This is just a rather ...more
Apr 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
My Booky Wook is Russell Brand's memoir where he discusses moments from his childhood leading up to how he got into comedy. I wanted to read this book because I find Russell Brand to be very humorous and love his stand-up comedy. This book mainly focuses on his troubled days, where he discusses topics such as sex addiction, drug use, and depression. Although, the book was a bit challenging because it is filled with British humor and is written in a very witty way, I loved everything about it. I ...more
I picked this book up because I've read some of Brand's more serious writing. His comedy has always had a bit of the political about it, and I was curious to read his Opinions. His writing is really very good. Even if you read the other reviews: "junkies are boring", "this isn't funny", I afraid you're missing his larger point. He didn't write the book as comedy. His stories of being totally blasted on heroin aren't more or less pathetic than those types of stories usually are.

His level of self
Laura Perriam
Dec 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
if your girlfriend who you have just cheated on is picking you up from the airport on her birthday you might think it's a good idea to get her a gift and that is true, good instinct, definitely get her a gift. probably better not to cheat on her but a gift is a good way to go post-cheating. HOWEVER, this book is not an appropriate gift to get her. it is not appropriate because it is a bad, poorly written, self-indulgent, totally-devoid-of-comedy-or-insight book. furthermore, it is trash, and if ...more
W.T. Shad
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
There's no excuse for writing an autobiography at thirty or however the hell young, unless you have a knack for displaying that half rocked life through a snazzy kaleidoscope of finely articulated word porn. I for one, believe Russell has that very kaleidoscope.

Bit of a nutter, ins't he? Good. I believe in the power of weirdos everywhere.
Feb 24, 2008 rated it liked it
Self indulgent but then it is a an autobiography! A fascinating insight into the mind of a toddler! Really enjoyed it and read very quickly, would love more pictures.
Sep 19, 2008 rated it liked it
Russell sure is a dick. I still think he is hilarious but damn, what a jerk.
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
I didn’t used to like Russell Brand.

There was no real, solid reason behind my unfavourable feelings towards the poor man. In fact, to be honest, I was barely aware of his presence on TV, but the little I did know of him caused me to dislike him, immensely. Occasionally I stumbled across him thrusting a wand-like microphone into the face of some z-list celebrity on Big Brother’s Big Mouth and immediately reached for the channel changer. I witnessed him dancing over pages of tabloid newspapers, ha
just finished this book, finally, after borrowing it to read from the lifeguard at my apt pool this past summer. i picked it up and flipped through a couple pages just to scan, and ended up reading the first quarter in one sun session. next couple days, i read the rest except maybe one or two chapters at the end. b/c summer ended. but i finally went and got my own copy, and even though it's hard for me to read a memoir more than once, i just want it on my shelf. because every time i look at it, ...more
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Where do I even begin with this book?

I didn't really know much about Russell Brand until quite recently, when my cousin brought him up on a six hour hike around Lake Kawaguchi. She convinced me that he was a really interesting man and that I should read this here Booky Wook (and with a title like that, how could I refuse?). My cousin wasn't lying. Russell Brand's story is one of the weirdest I've ever read. I mean this in a good way, but also maybe a little bit in a bad way? I don't even know.

Jul 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
Those of you who know me well, know how much I hate giving up on things once I've started. I have finished books I hated. I have sat through movies I thought were terrible. So you might think the fact that this book merited the creation of an "unfinished" shelf would indicate that this is maybe the worst book I'd ever read.

It's not. I probably would finish it under other circumstances. But I picked this up because I thought it would be (a) funny, (b) fast-paced, and (c) possibly mildly shocking
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Russell Edward Brand is an English comedian, actor, radio host, author, and activist. Brand dresses in a flamboyant bohemian fashion describing himself as looking like an "S&M Willy Wonka." Brand's current style consists of black eyeliner, drainpipe jeans, Beatle boots, and long, shaggy, backcombed hair.

In October 2010, Brand married pop singer Katy Perry. The two separated in December 2011.

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