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Jo Brand is one of Britain's funniest and best-loved comedians. With a sharp eye for the absurd and in her own unique voice, she tells her story for the first time. What possessed her to become a professional comedian in the cut-throat world of stand-up comedy after 10 years as a psychiatric nurse? How did she deal with late-night drunken audiences? Raised in middle class comfort, Brand left home in her teens to live with someone entirely inappropriate.

Her parents were aghast at her behaviour and attempted to rein in her excesses, finally giving up when she demonstrated that she was not headed for the life of a nun. From her early years growing up in a small south coast town with two brothers who toughened her up, to emerging on stage as 'The Sea Monster', Jo Brand tells it like it is with wit, candour, and a wonderful sense that life can be ridiculous but there's always a funny side.

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Look back in laughter

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book without hesitation.She is an incredibly funny lady, who has had to withstand the slings and arrows of unappreciative audiences to get where she is now.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked following her journey to the career she now has.It was not an easy path, she is incredible resilient and brave woman.

Have you listened to any of Jo Brand’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have seen her do stand up, as well as various cameos in British sitcoms.I loved her in Getting On, fabulous show. Jo Brand does not disappoint here either.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I liked the book as a whole she has had to overcome a lot to get to where she is .

Any additional comments?

She has a dry sense of humour, that anyone would appreciate.A funny book with a lot of pathos. A lesson to us all that if we believe in ourselves we can accomplish anything.

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  • John Burns
  • 06-16-14

Much too short!

Having listened to a lot of audiobiographies which are usually around the eight/ten hour mark, I was certainly disappointed to find that this was only two hours. Never mind being split into two separate downloads as is often the case, this was separated into just two chapters! The content is fairly interesting, although it`s not a comedy book or funny as has been pointed out. It`s obviously not intended to be funny as it`s a memoir so I can`t understand reviews suggesting otherwise. Overall it`s fairly interesting and killed a couple of hours on the train but... very short!

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  • Bella
  • 03-19-18

Brilliant

Fabulous to hear Jo Brand narrating her own words. Funny, heart felt, inspiring. I highly recommend it.

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  • Cookie Monster
  • 11-05-17

brilliant, I love Jo brand

Jo is really funny I have always liked her dry wit,would really like to see her live one day

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  • mikeybaby72
  • 03-15-17

Jo Brand!!

Loved it - this was my first Jo Brand book and it certainly won't be my last. I Loved it as I love her delivery. Listened from start to finish in one shot. ☺

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  • Sidge72
  • 01-31-17

Amazing book and FUNNY

Would you consider the audio edition of Look Back in Hunger to be better than the print version?

I listened to this in the car on a long journey down south along with the other of Jo's audiobooks on here. I have to say, I enjoyed them both so much and she did make me chuckle as always. Full of interesting anecdotes as her interesting story is told. I love Jo, and her story, narrated beautifully in typical joyous 'Jo' style was a pleasure to listen to. I think she's awesome. I listen to her reading more stuff actually. She just makes me smile. Jo is great and her story is really interesting.

What other book might you compare Look Back in Hunger to, and why?

Can't Stand Up For Sitting Down

What about Jo Brand’s performance did you like?

Her voice is inimitable and makes me chuckle even without the jokes, also she is lovely.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

It's more than just panty liners.

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More from Jo!!

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  • Catherine Donnelly
  • 11-23-16

Fuuny

very funny and entertaining would definitely recommend can't wait to read her next one :-)