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David Jason: My Life

The long-awaited autobiography of one of Britain’s best-loved actors. Born the son of a Billingsgate market porter at the height of the Second World War, David Jason spent his early life dodging bombs and bullies, both with impish good timing.
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Publisher's Summary

The long-awaited autobiography of one of Britain’s best-loved actors.Born the son of a Billingsgate market porter at the height of the Second World War, David Jason spent his early life dodging bombs and bullies, both with impish good timing.

Giving up on an unloved career as an electrician, he turned his attention to acting and soon, through a natural talent for making people laugh, found himself working with the leading lights of British comedy in the 1960s and '70s: Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Bob Monkhouse and Ronnie Barker.

Barker would become a mentor to David, leading to hugely successful stints in Porridge and Open All Hours. It wasn’t until 1981, kitted out with a sheepskin jacket, a flat cap, and a clapped-out Reliant Regal, that David found the part that would capture the nation’s hearts: the beloved Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter in Only Fools and Horses.

Never a one-trick pony, he had an award-winning spell as TV’s favourite detective Jack Frost, took a country jaunt as Pop Larkin in the Darling Buds of May, and even voiced a crime-fighting cartoon rodent in the much-loved children’s show Danger Mouse.

But life hasn't all been so easy: from missing out on a key role in Dad’s Army to nearly drowning in a freak diving accident, David has had his fair share of ups and downs, and has lost some of his nearest and dearest along the way.

David’s is a touching, funny and warm-hearted story, which charts the course of his incredible five decades at the top of the entertainment business. He's been a shopkeeper and a detective inspector, a crime-fighter and a market trader, and he ain't finished yet. As Del Boy would say, it's all cushty. With an introduction narrated by David himself.

©2013 David Jason (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks

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  • S. Dennis
    7/28/14
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    "An enjoyable life to read about"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, The autobiography is Perfick!


    What did you like best about this story?

    An interesting and humble life


    Have you listened to any of Michael Fenton Stevens’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, however, it is so well read that I always saw David Jason in my minds eye.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Mudgee, Australia
    6/24/14
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    "Very Enjoyable listening"
    Where does David Jason: My Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    ranks as one of the best memoirs I have heard great stories great history wonderful showbiz tales


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mrs.e.a.johnson
    5/10/14
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    "Great autobiography"

    Kept us entertained throughout a 12 hour journey from Switzerland to England(and back again).Made me like David Jason even more- he comes from a humble background and doesn't forget his roots.Would listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    4/28/14
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    "Not quite Lovely-Jubbley."
    Would you listen to David Jason: My Life again? Why?

    Maybe if he releases his life from 1985 onwards


    What does Michael Fenton Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His narration of the book was clear and where audio expression was needed this was carried out faultlessly


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I never knew he was in so many productions both off-screen and on. His friendship and loyalty to "The Guv'nor" was touching.


    Any additional comments?

    I am guessing there will be a "David Jason: My Life from 1985 onwards" at some point?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr.
    4/24/14
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    "Excellent!"
    Where does David Jason: My Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favourite actors and now one of my favourite audio books


    What about Michael Fenton Stevens’s performance did you like?

    I think the narrator was absolutely BRILLIANT and sounded remarkably like David Jason. If that is Mr Steven's natural voice then he was really well chosen, if not then his performance was more than brilliant it was ASTOUNDING.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There certainly were a lot of laughs in this book, as one would expect, and David Jason was very good at setting the scene and describing various events throughout his life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diane Newton
    4/19/14
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    "An interesting read"
    What did you like most about David Jason: My Life?

    It enabled me to learn more about how David Jason came to be.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The highs and lows and his perseverance


    What about Michael Fenton Stevens’s performance did you like?

    It was quite god.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    No comment


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra
    4/18/14
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    "More than just Del Boy!"
    If you could sum up David Jason: My Life in three words, what would they be?

    An entertaining read


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The life of the young David Jason and his antics is very enlightening and not what you may expect! Hear how he got the various parts that we know him for and what happened along the way!


    What about Michael Fenton Stevens’s performance did you like?

    This actor really read the book very well with a good pace and intonation.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Loved listening and would have listened to it all in one go had I had time!


    Any additional comments?

    The story has a good pace and lots of humour - a really enjoyable listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    WATERLOOVILLE, United Kingdom
    3/9/14
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    "Wonderful Biography"
    If you could sum up David Jason: My Life in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, Grounded, Real


    What was one of the most memorable moments of David Jason: My Life?

    I loved the whole book, but I thought the opening situation 'diving' and his thoughts around life etc. (no spoilers here hopefully), was really good and set the tone for the whole autobiography.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    All were good, but particularly the first one.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both, I laughed more than I cried, but there were tears.


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful life story of one of Englands most loved actors - especially for those of us who grew up loving 'Open all Hours' & 'Only Fools and Horses'. David Jason writes & narrates as you imagine him to be - down to earth, no pretentions, and with a love for life and those who share it with him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Clare Mead
    Kent
    2/11/14
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    "Brilliant, funny and entertaining throughout"
    Any additional comments?

    This book was brilliant, Very moving yet funny in every chapter, The only thing that i will say is that it took me awhile to get going with this book as for me it would have been a lot better if it was David Jason reading this story to you but once i got used to the voice it was good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephanie
    Cheshire, United Kingdom
    1/26/14
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    "Not my cup of tea"
    What would have made David Jason: My Life better?

    This book was more like a list of shows and work


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Jason again?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Fenton Stevens’s performances?

    Maybe


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointed


    Any additional comments?

    Would not recommend I usually like autobiography but this one is not for me

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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