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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"Shame he didn't narrate it himself - would have added passion"
Having just listened to someone else's autobiography - who has half the story David Jason has to tell - but who narrated their own biography with such passion - I was disappointed Mr Jason didn't narrate this book about himself. It would have added so much more for the listener - and it's not a cheap book to buy either!
It felt to me more of a factual account (which I found was missing passion - which is odd as one has to be brimming with it to bring the characters to life that this actor has through his work). I'm sure there are far more vignettes that could have been retold. However, as he says, he is a private person and I felt this in this factual recount of events. I get the feeling he must have been begged by publishers to write this book (for posterity) and he did it by keeping to the facts - he is clearly too polite (and kind) to tell too many tales out of school.
Thought the references to Ronnie Barker were well mentioned and the very very final passage a superb close to the tome from David Jason a kindly man who really 'worked' his trade and remained grounded.
P.s: He really shouldn't regret not having attended 'Dwama Skool'! (She said!)
"Enjoyed it all the way"
A very good life story,with a few spots that got me laughing,since I live in the wonderful county of Yorkshire I was very interested in the Frost & other bits connected with Yorkshire TV,as a lot off locations wear either in the City I live & the hospital I worked.
"Loved this book!"
Narrator was great, actually forgot it was not David Jason, he captured him so well. It was written as though David was chatting to a friend, made me laugh on several occasions whilst listening on my drive to work.
Loved how David was so positive throughout his career and made the brave decisions he did...had he not, we would have missed out on so many TV GOLD moments.
This is the 1st Audio biography I have listened to and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Only Fools & Horses was our Christmas Day favourite on the big screen in our local pub after dinner...friends and regulars sharing laughs, drinks and good times - lovely jubbly.
Highly recommend this book.
absolutely loved this book is was totally engrossed from start to finish it strongly recommend to everyone
"Okay But Not Enough Only Fools and Horses for Me"
Not that racy or revealing. That said I'm really only interested in the Only fools part of his life so other listeners might find this book a lot more interesting than I did. Would have liked the author reading this would have made it more interesting for me.
for such a great stage presence to such a private man very good read thanks
"A GREAT LISTEN FROM START TO FINISH "
This is a wonderful story of David White's (Jason's) journey through life. Very inspiring, funny and sad.
A great listen , I just couldn't put it down!!
"Loved every minute"
I loved every minute of this book. David is such a warm interesting man who worked hard to achieve what he has become. The narrator takes a bit of getting used to as the forward is actually read by David Jason first which puts you off when it switches but he is in fact a superb narrator and soon you hear him as if it was the author himself. Perfick 😀
This autobiography was very well written and I was somewhat pleased that it wasn't all about his most famous characters. I feel like I really got to understand his past and desire to perform. I found it relatively inspiring as well.
One negative that I had a first was that it was read by another person, but this proved to not be an issue and even understandable as the book progressed.
All in all a very good autobiography that I would strongly recommend.
"Warts and All"
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from first to last. It gives a warts and all insight in to the life of one of our best loved celebrities. Some of the warts are skilfully and tastefully revealed but always with the wry but gentle sense of humor that one would imagine David to posses. It was a surprise to hear that he was a one time electrician. It was lovely to hear of his relationship with the Governor, If you don't know who that is then read the book but I don't think you will be surprised.
The narration was very natural with the delivery of the text sounding very much as you would expect David himself to deliver it.
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