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Publisher's Summary

Adam Hills was a quiet primary school kid with a prosthetic foot, who did all his homework and only spoke when spoken to. His dad sparked in him a love of comedy, and together they'd spend hours watching and listening to the greats like Peter Sellers and Mel Brooks. So, when it was Adam's turn to speak, he made sure he was funny. 

Once he hit high school, comedy was Adam's obsession (along with a deep love for the South Sydney Rabbitohs). While his mates were listening to Iron Maiden and AC/DC, he was listening to Kenny Everett and Billy Connolly. And when a report card came home with a comment praising his sense of humour, he was far prouder of that than his grades (his mum not so much). 

Adam's shyness and his missing foot never held him back, though wearing thongs was tricky. While other teens snuck off to meet girls and drink cheap booze, Adam snuck off to see a young Jim Carrey perform. After that, a steady diet of Rodney Rude, Vince Sorrenti and Robin Williams led this sheltered, virginal university student from The Shire to his first stand-up open mic night on his 19th birthday. 

In Best Foot Forward, Adam describes his early years on the Australian comedy scene sharing gigs with Steady Eddy and Jimeoin, how he coped the first time he died on stage, his early morning apprenticeship in radio, touring the world's comedy festivals, the magic of Spicks and Specks and his hosting gig for the 2008 Paralympics that led to his ongoing hit UK TV show The Last Leg. Whoopi Goldberg, Barry Humphries, Billy Connolly, Kermit the Frog - Adam's learned from the best. This charming, witty memoir is a lesson in following your heart, being positive and discovering that what makes you different also makes you unique.

©2018 Adam Hills (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Adams Hills is amazing!

I remember listening to Adam as a kid doing breakfast radio in Australia. He is extraordinarily funnily. I love his impressions of accents - and Advance Australia Fair to the tune of Working Class Man was genius. The most amazing thing is how uplifting and positive he is. This book is a bundle of positivity for comedy fans - or anyone really. Who needs self help books when they can listen to Adam Hills for 8-odd hours??

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-05-18

Can’t ‘put it down’

Loved it! Loved that it was Hillsy himself reading with extra bits. So genuine and hilarious. I’m about to listen all over again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-23-18

<br /><br /><br />Great listen with impersonations too!

Fantastic what a well written and well read book by a great guy.
BTW marvelous Billy Connelly impersonations.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-19-18

A great book

Great listening for anyone who has seen Adam on spicks and specks kr the last leg

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-17-18

Joyful

This was joyful. Adam’s insights and attitude to life is inspiring and uplifting. Loved every minute of the journey. 💜

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  • Marnie Moore
  • 09-08-18

What a man!

Loved this book. Was interesting, entertaining and simply made me happy! An easy, feel good read (listen).

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  • jackie b
  • 09-03-18

Charming, honest and FUNNY

Listening to this book almost makes me want to be Adam's friend. A happy and charming listen giving an insight into Adams varied and highly successful and deserved career. A genuine good guy who has built his success and respected status in 'the right' way. Definitely will return for a second listen, as I expect it will only get better.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-01-18

Brilliant!

If you enjoy Adam Hills as a comedian or presenter, do yourself a favour & download this gem.
Wonderfully narrated by the author himself with many golden nuggets that you won’t get reading the book.
Is also beautifully paused, so that if you do only have 5min, you can often fit in a small piece of audio to bring a smile.
Thank you Adam for sharing your wonderful stories of comedy, radio & telly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-31-18

uplifting

a lovely tale of a great man showing us that being kind leads to being happy

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  • 08-24-18

Adam Hills is a true Aussie treasure

Will likely listen to this again quite soon- thoroughly enjoyed- brilliantly written- loved it beyond

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-17-18

fantastic performance

Fantastic performance Adam loved the extras and all you do. thanks for letting us into your world