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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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  • 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
  • lisa
    kings lynn, United Kingdom
    1/19/14
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    "Not as good or as as funny asyou may think"
    Would you try another book written by David Jason or narrated by Michael Fenton Stevens?

    No


    What will your next listen be?

    Not known


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

    No I don't think so ..maybe it was just a let down not hearing David Jasons voice


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from David Jason: My Life?

    ...then it woundnt be his story


    Any additional comments?

    Slow and quite luvvie.... in the theatre sense ... not my cup of tea surprisingly as I really like David Jason

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chief Friar
    Berkshire, UK
    1/13/14
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    1/3/14
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    "David Jason not the narrator Why?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of David Jason: My Life to be better than the print version?

    I think I would of preferred the printed book as I assumed David Jason was narrator, but he just did the intro.
    Would of been a whole lot better with his voice as it's his story.


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

    That part David Jason read..... Intro


    How could the performance have been better?

    Take a guess David Jason reading it


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

    It was a very good read


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fred
    PORTSMOUTH, United Kingdom
    12/16/13
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    "Funny, sad and full of facts"

    Not sure what I was expecting when I brought this audio book, as a big fan of David Jason and his acting; guess I was hoping for a new twist to the actor we know. I was sad when the book ended and not sure if it would of been better Narrated by the man himself as I thought Michael Stevens did a very good job, and think the sad parts narrated by David Jason might of been a little harder on the emotions.

    A very enjoyable insight the man that has been a major part of my life in the forms of entertaining me, and giving me more laughs then any other.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Bowers Gifford, United Kingdom
    12/16/13
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    "Its David Jason, whats there to not like??"

    I've been waiting for a David Jason autobiography for some time so was really pleased when this came along. I've enjoyed David Jason in particular in 'Open all Hours' and my favourite series of all time 'OFAH'.

    The book flowed very well with lots of focus on his earlier career and struggles which helped provide insight into his life. Time was also spent on all of the television that he has worked on and some of the characters and his relationships behind the scenes.

    My only dislike of the book and its only because I'm a big OFAH fan is that I would have liked to hear some more in depth information regarding OFAH. Don't get me wrong, what is there is well balanced and probably the appropriate amount and I guess it was just another role for David Jason but I was hoping for even more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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