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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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.
"Detailed and funny"
Loved it. Would have been even better if it was narrated by David Jason, but the narrator did a good job nonetheless.
Just let down by someone else reading it. Still good but could have been "perfik' "
"good story but cheated in presentation"
I love his work, and his apparent straightforward attitude with a spice of cynical humour. However the book is spoilt by it not really being read by him - it cheats with the test implying he will be reading the book - he just does the intro.
its an autobiography - so clearly i took it to find out about him
to many - just clips of life
No because i found it hard listening to the reader - excellent speaker BUT NOT DAVID. So i had to do it in bits and keep reminding myself that this was a real story not a fiction
Don't get tricked into thinking you are going to hear him but be ready for a colder presentation.
Absolutely loved it x had me hooked from the start .. Very well writing . I do hope he brings a further book out .
not really, have come to the conclusion that although it was very interesting, I am not an autobiography fan.
the latter part where it related to his life of the trotters and subsequent tv programmes
it was ok but would have preferred David's voice as was his story
made me chuckle here and there
"Great audio listening"
Even though David Jason only speaks at the beginning of the audio, still a great audio book to listen too
"Lovely insight to acting legend."
Nice flowing and easy listing audio book.
As the same as many other listeners and reviewers of this audiobook, it's a shame that David Jason didn't read on after the first chapter.
The narrator is good but he seems to loose the essence of David that everyone has grown to love.
Still though, a very enjoyable book. A must far fans young and old.
"Very witty incite into Jason's rise to fame"
Having been a fan of David Jason throughout his career; Porridge, Open all Hours, Only Fools et al. I was very keen to hear the stories and anecdotes of what happened along the journey. The book didn't disappoint in this regard and gave many laugh out loud moments.
I enjoyed Michael Fenton Stevens narration, which surprised me as I would have expected David to have narrated himself, what with his familiar voice from man years on our screens. But within the first few lines my concerns were gone.
David Jason is an icon in tv etc, to hear how he made it from his early years right through was tremendous
Never before, but would do so again, excellent delivery. At times, you could actually hear david jason coming through
Sometimes laughed out loud, and sometimes cried. You could really feel the emotion through this book
Highly recommended, if you never read another autobiog, this one is a must
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