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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Loved this will be listening to it again. Brilliant all round. soothing easy listening was great.
"Fantastic, Sir David!"
A fantastic memoir from one of Britain's all time TV legends! Well worth a listen!
Well worth listening too, took to it right at the beginning. Helps being read by the man himself
What a fantastic audio book full of laughter, interesting insights and moving tributes.
"Warm and funny"
Well written, funny and revealing. The narrator did an excellent job and I found this book hard to put down. One particular story had my husband and I in fits of laughter, may now have to try and track White Cargo down!
"The man I would love to be"
I can't say any more than its the first book I have ever seen out start to finish and I am glad it was this
"Very intresting story"
The book was a very well written and very intresting listen, the narrator was good but did not have a voice that made me relate to David Jason which was a little disappointing. but in saying that I would recommend you to buy this book.
Firstly I hated the voice of the reader it was robotic throughout and spooked the book a bit for me. Although interesting in parts often I found this autobiography boring in many parts and it's not often I find that with these types of books.
Once you get used to the narrator not being David Jason it's a lovely listen
Big fan of Jason and remember wonderful times watching only fools and horses with my family. Good clean fun. The book was great very well read and have a great look into the life behind the man the ups and also the down. If you liked him before you will only love him more after reading/listening to the book. Very highly recommend to anyone.
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