Surprisingly Down to Earth, and Very Funny.

By: Limmy
Narrated by: Limmy
Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
Categories: Biographies & Memoirs
4.8 out of 5 stars (107 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The hysterical, shocking and incredibly intimate memoir from one of the most original and unique comedians alive today.

Hello! I’m Brian Limond, aka Limmy. You might know me from Limmy’s Show. Or you might not know me at all. Don’t worry if you don’t.

They asked me to write a book about mental health, because I sometimes talk about my mental health in tweets and interviews, like suicidal thoughts and anxiety, and what I’ve done to try to deal with it.

I said to them, oh, I don’t know if I could fill a whole book with just that. But how’s about I write a general autobiography type of thing, and all the mental health stuff will naturally appear along the way? I could talk about growing up and slashing my wrist and taking acid all the time and getting done for car theft and feeling like a mad freak that would never amount to anything.

And then how I made my own sketch show. I directed it and everything. Plus I’m a dad. I’m an adult. But I still feel like that mad freak from years ago. I still feel like chucking it all away, for a laugh.

I asked them if they wanted me to write about all that, plus some other stuff. Like being an alky. And my sexual problems. Stuff like that.

They said aye.

So here it is.

©2019 Limmy (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Limmy's Book

Fucking great. Learned that "greetin" means crying. 10/10. Super relatable the way he describes mental health. I only recently got into this dude's comedy but I think I'll be a fan for life after this book.

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Helped me a lot and made me laugh

So happy I got this. Very funny and helped me a lot. I can't wait for the next one.

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Disarmingly Honest and fun

I love Limmy for his sketches, his streams, and for his interviews and podcasts I’ve listened to. Didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did though. His stories are charming and insightful, and his delivery helps the darker bits land more like parables our a friend telling you a story he’d finish with “could ya believe that?”. Great stuff, highly recommend—especially if you’ve had troubles with your head

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A heartfelt introspective on the life of Limmy

Brian narrates his own life in what feels like an old friend telling you everything you've missed since you've last seen him. A surprisingly relatable look into the struggles of self-awareness, love, and the constant challenges of mental health.

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  • 10-02-19

Its a solid book!

Solid book, great job Limmy! I got a good laugh but I did have to adjust to that "accent" lol

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If you love Limmy...

We really love Limmy. His sense of humor and way of thinking is awesome. Hearing his story by him has been enjoyable, relatable and fascinating. If you love Limmy’s show, go for it.

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Laughed and Cried

Loved this book honest and funny a reminder for me of growing up in Glasgow

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brilliant

Big fan of Limmy from his YouTube stuff to now his streams. really enjoyed book and its made me think alot about my own mental health issues and helped. thanks limmy !

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nice

its nice to know theres other people like me out there,who struggle to be normal. its especially nice to know that it's some one whose brought me a lot of laughter

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Inspirational.

Personal, Funny and a bit sad. The Story of Brian Limmond aka "Limmy" is sure to convince anybody that (in the words of limmy himself) "You can do anything you put your mind to, you've just got to want it enough."

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  • James
  • 02-23-19

Brilliant

Loved it. Limmy is brutally honest throughout and reads it excellently. I was listening to it in my works van, and was at a customers house. The customer came out to the van to carry something in. I put the keys in the ignition while I helped the customer. My Bluetooth automatically connected and a story of Limmy licking a wet fanny came blaring out the speakers in front of my customers. As I said, brilliant.

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  • J. C. Neale
  • 02-25-19

Very down to earth & very funny.

Limmy gives us a frank insight into some of his history and the coinciding battles and experiences with his mental health. Some of it is quite scary to hear but it is always dashed with some dark humour in the traditional Limmy way. it's definitely a very interesting read and I certainly recommend the audiobook version of not just this book but all of his previous books - It always adds a extra level of depth to hear him speak the words, and he's brilliant at it. it's not a completely encyclopedic look at his life, but does go from his first memories, to school, college/uni, jobs and relationships and some of the mishaps inbetween all along to even writing the book itself. The real centre line for the book though is his honest, bare knuckle approach to explaining how over the years that mental health has affected him and in quite some detail. Whether it's talking about an 'evil presence' or how he just knew that he 'had' to end his life at certain points and how he snapped out of it, it's a very stark and humbling read or listen at times. This isn't a self help book, nor does Limmy proclaim to be a kind of guru of mental wellness - He just explains it, warts and all and fully admits he doesn't understand it, it's just part of him. This is a refreshing read/listen in that way - Almost every other book with mental health as a cornerstone would try and offer some kind of help or explanation (nothing wrong with that at all, mind you) but in this Limmy just exposes it for the strange and maddening experience it can be and how it has defined certain moments or periods in his life. That said, I don't wish to make this sound like this is a particularly heavy book to read in that sense - And that's the beauty of it. All this is told and explained with Limmy's humour and self depricating wit included with in other daft anecdotes. Perhaps then the overriding takeaway of this book is how humour and personal struggle are two sides of the same coin. They play off each other and sometimes can even dance with each other, and humour with its many different forms and faces can help us see a little beyond ourselves at times in order to get the perspective we need. All that, and the book is just a good read to have whilst struggling on the toilet.

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  • Jason S
  • 02-27-19

Working class expression, cunted at every turn

If ye ever wanted a blow by blow account of the impact of imperialist British ideology on urban Scottish expression, then look nae further than this frank account by Limmy. And fuck the BBC.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-28-19

Inside info on Michael Jackson

Turns out Limmy lived with MJ for a while. Had a portable TV in his room and he used to watch Home Alone in black & white and smoke all day. But Limmy had the last laugh.... Purchase to read/hear more.

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  • Dee
  • 03-03-19

Loved it

Loved it & even better hearing it with Limmy's marvelous accent. looking forward to more books by him

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  • Mr. D. J. HUNTER
  • 02-25-19

Requiem

Fantastic read, and such a nice guy. I had the pleasure of meeting the author at a charity do once.

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  • Grant Thomson
  • 04-18-19

Blahem!

Incisive, brutal and very refreshing. Followed Limmy's career for over a decade now, and his attitude and approach to things has definitely shaped who I consider myself to be today. Listening to him narrate his life is heartbreaking and incredibly uplifting. Voicing things out loud that other people keep bottled up is extremely humbling and thought-provoking. Incredible stuff.

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  • Wizard
  • 03-18-20

Loved it

I've always liked Limmy's stuff, I found it quite surprising how relatable limmy actually is. I don't know what I expected to be honest but I didn't expect to actually have enjoyed this book as much as I did. Limmy if you're reading this: I really enjoy trolling you on twitch and it's great that you have a laugh with us when doing so. You're a top man.

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  • stephen
  • 04-25-19

pure class

classic Limmy. Hilarious in places dark and touching in others. she's turned the weans against me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-24-19

Life Saver

The honesty in here will save lives with a smile. Could listen to the cunt describe his thoughts for days

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-28-20

Beyond words

Incredible story, incredible man. Love you Limmy, you've no idea how much your story moves people and gives me them hope. Keep working, and make sure you keep up cooking dinner - it gets addictive, who doesn't like home cooked food?? Come to Australia for a book tour sometime, I'll be waiting 👏

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-18-20

Refreshingly honest

An incredibly honest and interesting insight into the mind this comedic genius. Funny, thought provoking and quite inspiring. This book will stay with me for a long time

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  • Alan G.
  • 06-02-20

Limmy keeps it real, raw and hilarious

I could listen to Limmy read the phone book... A fantastic audio book though!

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  • ragingnutter
  • 05-21-20

Great coming of age story

Limmy's unique point of view polishes the more interesting stories within. This is a book best read by having it read to you by limmy. Helps with the context of the Glaswegian words too which leads to a great bait and switch. ;)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-09-20

Brilliant

Absolutely brilliant, so honest n entertaining. Download if u are a fan of Limmy or if u have never heard of him.

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  • Tim
  • 04-22-20

big man

I once met Limmy at a charity dinner, he was surprisingly down to earth, and every funny.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-06-20

Fucking great book on mental health (real stuff)

Great book on mental health and real talk on suicide ha ha yes man ye

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-24-19

Limmy is the Best!

i cant communicate in a written form. but if you could hear me speak in person I would have nothing but good things to say about this book.

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  • Ryan
  • 03-07-19

Funny, poignant, informative

Limmy fans should definitely check this audiobook version out, as it's read by the man himself. I really think Limmy is one of the great comic heroes of our times though admittedly some people I've showed him to 'don't get it'. I guess he's one of those personalities you'd describe as having a cult following of rabid fans. Kind of like the band Devo. There were some laugh out loud moments in this book and also some stifle back the tears moments. It's actually quite a sad tale as he goes into a lot of his mental health issues and general malaise. There are lots of comical sex scenes too. Overall I loved it and smashed through it in one day (in my office cubicle) without stopping. GET IN!!

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  • Peter
  • 03-02-19

Surprisingly down to earth and very funny.

Limmy bravely reveals his difficulties with mental health whilst transforming himself from a wee weirdo into one of Scotland's most loved comedians. Keep up the good work Limmy, we all need a laugh! 99