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The Life of Akmal

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At the age of 11 Akmal Saleh's parents gathered up their children and left Egypt headed for Australian shores. Growing up in a typical Sydney suburb, Akmal began to recognise the differences between his Arab heritage and the Australian way of life, which would later shape him as a comedian. Akmal began his comedy career going by the name Peter so he could get booked in RSL ...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Random House Australia
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Kalliste
Apr 01, 2010 rated it liked it
A few weeks back I was about to check out all the books I was carrying and 'The Life of Akmal' caught my eye. Mainly because I had seen Akmal Saleh on a few shows and comedy festivals and figured it would be a fun ride of a book. I was actually very surprised though! In a good way. Yes, it was funny, he has a great voice in telling stories from his life but it was also finding out about his upbringing that I ended up finding the most interesting.

The first part of the book is about his upbringin
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Kaz
Sep 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
I actually quite liked this book. I can't say that I have been a huge fan of Akmal's comedy in the past as I found his humour almost annoying but his book is far from this. I loved how he spoke about his early life in Egypt and his crazy family, his immigration to Australia and trying to find his way in life. The surprise road of comedy and how he became a success. I loved that at times it was very funny and at times very heartbreaking to heartwarming. Not what I expected but definitely a pleasa ...more
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