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Publisher's Summary

Frank Skinner is undoubtedly one of the funniest and most successful comedians appearing on British screens. Born Chris Collins in 1957, he grew up in the West Midlands where he inherited his father's passion for football, a West Bromich Albion supporter, along with a liking for alcohol. Expelled from school at 16, Frank held various jobs, later going on to gain an MA in English Literature.

Nurturing a serious drinking problem from the age of 14, Frank eventually turned to Catholicism in 1987 and hasn't had a drink since. He performed his first stand-up gig in December 1987. His first television appearance in 1988 met with fits of laughter from the audience and 131 complaints, including one from cabinet minister Edwina Currie. He met fellow comedian David Baddiel in 1990, and the two went on to share a flat throughout the early 90's and to create the hit TV series Fantasy Football League. Winner of the prestigious Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival, Skinner's is a unique mixture of laddish and philosophical humour which has won him the prime time ITV show The Frank Skinner Show. Here, for the first time, Frank candidly tells us of the highs and lows of his fascinating life and career.

©2001 Frank Skinner (P)2005 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"It's his poignant portrait of his working-class youth that makes it a classic of its kind." (Guardian)

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  • Raybon
  • AucklandNew Zealand
  • 04-02-08

simply awesome

funny, touching, honest -- everything you want from a memoir, and then some.

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  • Paul
  • DublinIreland
  • 05-18-06

Just so funny !!!!

This book of Frank Skinners life is just so funny and interesting.

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  • alexander
  • 11-03-14

Abridged, what a waste.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

By having it UNABRIDGED.

What was most disappointing about Frank Skinner’s story?

It was like an incoherent highlights package, kind of like watching a movie that cut 80% out randomly.

Any additional comments?

I know this is a great book having read the hardback on release.

I recently read Kevin Bridges book which subliminally makes you want to read or retread Frank skinners book.

I genuinally never noticed it was an abridged version of just over 2 hours. This DOES NOT work for an autobiography.


I can understand abridged for artistic reasons but it really spoils what is a superb book. My rating reflects the fact that a short version like this is near worthless.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Liam chapman
  • 03-01-16

not like the book

I've read frank's book around 4 times and I love it. Frank skinner is awesome and so funny. However the Audible book is massivelg dissapointing. Massive chunks of the book missing and the best bits too. It's a shame.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Jim
  • 07-16-07

A Life Like Frank's

I'd agree with the review from The Guardian - it's the early years, before he became famous, that are of the most interest here. His heavy drinking in seventies Birmingham are portrayed honestly and unflinchingly, with the feeling coming through that for all its seeming drudgery, he was happiest then. Once he becomes famous I became less interested and felt that the 'Three Lions' story went on a bit. They didn't win, Frank, get over it. I look forward to the next installment because, from what is written here, Skinner still has a lot to say about fame and coming to terms with it, and maybe he'll do this once his star begins to diminish a bit.

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  • andrew
  • 03-08-15

Very entertaining book

Typically crude yet not overlong
Enjoyed the book and the fact that frank had also narrated the book
Worth a listen

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  • FatMat
  • 11-15-14

Great story butchered in the abridgement

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

A great story well read but a shame not available at full length. Huge sections hinted at but not covered (eg marrage). No gaps between sections. Obviously squashed to fit on to a CD. If you are a fan do not let this out you off but why is the full length version not available.

What does Frank Skinner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His honest personality comes across.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointed at the production.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-18-17

awesomely

it's nice when they read their own biography. And I find Frank has away of speaking to you where it almost feels like you've come home day sat yourself on the sofa with Frank next to you and he starts by ' you wouldn't believe what happend to me ...