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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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.
"Not quite Lovely-Jubbley."
Maybe if he releases his life from 1985 onwards
His narration of the book was clear and where audio expression was needed this was carried out faultlessly
I never knew he was in so many productions both off-screen and on. His friendship and loyalty to "The Guv'nor" was touching.
I am guessing there will be a "David Jason: My Life from 1985 onwards" at some point?
One of my favourite actors and now one of my favourite audio books
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.
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.
"An interesting read"
It enabled me to learn more about how David Jason came to be.
The highs and lows and his perseverance
It was quite god.
"More than just Del Boy!"
An entertaining read
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!
This actor really read the book very well with a good pace and intonation.
Loved listening and would have listened to it all in one go had I had time!
The story has a good pace and lots of humour - a really enjoyable listen!
Funny, Grounded, Real
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.
All were good, but particularly the first one.
Both, I laughed more than I cried, but there were tears.
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.
"Brilliant, funny and entertaining throughout"
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
"Not my cup of tea"
This book was more like a list of shows and work
Would not recommend I usually like autobiography but this one is not for me
"Not as good or as as funny asyou may think"
No I don't think so ..maybe it was just a let down not hearing David Jasons voice
...then it woundnt be his story
Slow and quite luvvie.... in the theatre sense ... not my cup of tea surprisingly as I really like David Jason
"Good, but disappointing"
As with many celebrity biographies, this is full of anecdotes and stories, giving a glimpse behind the scenes on some well known shows: if that is what you are after, you'll enjoy this book.
It's also interesting to discover that someone who is now a household name spent so long 'breaking in' to the business.
However, for two reasons, I found this a little disappointing. Firstly, it ends slightly abruptly. As I listen to audiobooks whilst driving, I'm never quite sure how long is left to the end. With this one, I was wondering how many more commutes I had until I needed to download something else when - with little warning - it had finished. It seems like Jason has glossed over the latter part of his life, almost as his he doesn't want to share current events.
Secondly, as others have said, it is a great shame he didn't narrate the whole book himself. Michael Fenton Stevens does a reasonable job, but it's just not the same. Jason does the introduction, and it is brilliant. The rest is... just okay.
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