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Publisher's Summary

Danny Baker is a national treasure with a well-documented - thanks to the recent eight-part BBC TV adaptation - and colourful life. For over a quarter of a century, he has amused and entertained audiences on both radio and television. Beginning his career at the age of 15 in a small record shop in London's West End, Danny went on to become an acclaimed music journalist and started his radio career on BBC GLR in 1989. With a unique take on life and a lot to say, Danny's latest book is full of his trademark warmth, wit and insight.

Written and read by Danny Baker.

©2016 Danny Baker (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"Quite simply the funniest book you'll read all year...easily as funny, as self-deprecating and as wordly-wise as The Moon's a Balloon by David Niven...it's like Tom and Jerry written by a Cockney Roddy Doyle on Prozac. But funnier." (GQ Online on Going Off Alarming)
"Rattles along at the same delightful and dizzying pace as its predecessor.... Baker loves a tale told at his own expense and they come thick and fast. He writes like he speaks, with hyperactive garrulity and a rhetorical flourish...there is something about Baker in full flow that is affirming." (Daily Telegraph on Going Off Alarming)

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  • Dave
  • 11-03-17

Great book, poor audio editing

Like all of Danny Baker’s books this is fantastic - he is a great story teller.

However, there are dozens of occasions within the audio recording where Danny restarts sentences and these have not been edited out.

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  • SallyB
  • 10-31-17

Glorious glorious Candyman

Oh I have just had the loveliest few weeks listening to all three books. It’s been like having Danny back on the radio in my drive home. Have never read or listened to a better written or performed biog. Stands up and applauds. Thank you Candyman.

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  • Craig M. Hanson
  • 10-08-17

Perfect

Ah Danny, I love you mate. Of the 3 volumes this is perhaps the saddest but Danny comes through it in such a down to earth way that you feel churlish for breaking down in tears. I love you Danny.

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  • Chris57
  • 10-07-17

Love it

There is a very different feel to this third book as it covers the death of the author's much loved dad and his own battle with cancer. There are still lots of hilarious anecdotes but the passing of Spud is dealt with with great tenderness while his description of his cancer treatment pulls no punches. I have enjoyed all three books in this series, perhaps because he describes so well a world I also grew up in. As he says he remembers everything but I seem to have forgotten so much so it is great to be reminded of a different time.

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  • Rentaghost
  • 12-08-17

Brilliant end to the trilogy

Danny baker has got a fan in me. His radio style isn't always my cup of tea, but his writing demonstrates his huge talent as he recounts his extraordinary professional and home life. This entry does have more elements of the sadder times in life, but these are certainly counterpointed and in spades.

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  • Dean Barnard
  • 12-04-17

Once again... Brilliant

Once again another great collection of stories along with a frank telling of 2 of Danny's life's most low moments.

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  • Chris Fielder
  • 12-01-17

Just one victory

Another great episode of Danny’s life written (and spoken) in his own inimitable style. Plump up a cushion and settle in to laugh and cry through his triumphs and battles with the big C.

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  • KieranCork
  • 11-25-17

Truly wonderful.

What a fantastic book, brilliantly told. I'll be forever jealous of those who've not read these yet and have the joy of discovering them still in their future.
Do yourself a favour, buy all three right now.

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  • Andrew
  • 11-16-17

Enjoyable, but with a sense of being padded.

This is an enjoyable enough book, but you get the sense he’s having to pad it out a bit.
Also, I’m not sure if the editing is supposed to be that bad - there are a number of points where he fluffs his narration and these are kept it. Very odd.

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  • Gareth Howells
  • 11-12-17

Truly amazing , best autobiography you'll hear

Danny is the epitome of wordsmithery , a brilliant, surprising, funny , heartbreaking gruelling, wondrous , phantasmagorical adventure. The best audio book I have ever listened to and the best one you will too I guarantee it.