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Graham Norton has been entertaining audiences and having fun with some of the world's biggest stars for nearly 20 years. He is loved across the nation for his delight in the peculiar and for his ability to find humour and a common ground in all that life brings.

The Life and Loves of a He Devil is Graham's funny and honest memoir on the theme of love. As he shows, it's really the things you love that make you who you are and so Graham tells his story from his Irish childhood to the present day, describing just what and who he loved - and sometimes lost - as a young boy, and his new loves and obsessions - big and small - as he's grown older. It's been 10 years since his last book and being a decade older Graham has come to realise that what makes a life interesting is less what happens to you and more what inspires and drives you, what you love.... From Dolly Parton and dogs to wine and Ireland, Graham tells of his life and loves with characteristic humour and outrageous candour.

©2014 Graham Norton (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton

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Read if you want to laugh-cry...

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I knew nothing of Mr. Norton before this book but he is now one of my YouTube staples. I wish American talk shows would try his format of having all the guests out together the whole time. I enjoy seeing different celebrities interact. Maybe they just don't have Norton's degree of skill at hosting. He seems like he would throw the best parties. He's hilarious & I wish audible had his first memoir available as well.

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Light frothy fun

This was a fun listen, bawdy at times, honest and personal. I enjoyed it but I was already a fan.

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Funny charming

Love Graham Norton. He's funny and charming and just the right amount of self-deprecating that isn't over the top. He doesn't take himself too seriously and our dogs couldn't be more similar in temperament. Found myself chuckling at my desk many times.

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A must read for fans

If you are a fan of Graham Norton, this absolutely is a must read. I listened to the audible version which is narrated by Graham himself. Graham is a wonderful narrator and I am confident that his reading of the audio book added layer upon layer of dimension and feeling that would been lacking in the print version. My only nit with the book is I wished he had delved a little more into his personal life and journey. Although as I write that, I think of other memoirs that dip the reader so deep they nearly drown. Perhaps it is that, much like watching his weekly show, I find whatever time I spend with Graham is never quite enough.

I found the way in which he separated out the sections of his memoir was extremely beneficial to the flow of his story, and allowed the reader to not be stuck in any one particular time period of his life for an ungodly amount of time. This organization made the book easy to follow and all the more entertaining. Finally, Graham's humor is on full display. I don't think I've ever smiled and giggled this much while reading a memoir.

If you love Graham, you'll love this book!

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Graham Norton revealed

A funny and revealing book . An excellent read. Graham needs to do more books like this one!

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Wise and Silly

Thanks Graham Norton for time well spent listening to your book. And thanks for reminding me that life is a "come as you are affair." I am also a big fan of your show and am glad you thought the episode with Matt Damon was one of the best.

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Easy and funny listen

Very easy and funny book. Also read really well by Graham himself. The book's length is perfect. Not too long. It was a perfect and entertaining listen for my hours on the road.

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Somewhat repetitive

As much as I love his shows I found this book a tad long. He repeats stories about his dog and Christian for example. Could have been edited better.

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What a delight!

I love Graham, and watch his chat show highlights on YouTube all the time. Wry, sarcastic and downright funny in this book. Just what I wanted. Now I have to go buy all the rest of them! Unfailingly, listening to this man makes me smile.

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Laugh out loud funny

I loved this book so much that I’m about to start it all over again. Such a funny memoir told in a refreshingly honest way. And it leaves you wishing you were Graham’s best friend.

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  • Lakeskip
  • 03-21-17

If you like Graham on telly, you'll love this too.

A frank and amusing autobiography. We can share in his success but he never brags. Quite 'descriptive' about his relationships in parts.....then there's also lots in there about his lovely Mum and immediate family. And the dogs, he really loves his dogs. Loved it. But my absolute favourite is his recent fictional novel, now that is REALLY nice. Holding, it's called Holding.

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  • Consumer
  • 07-20-15

Amusing

Would you consider the audio edition of The Life and Loves of a He Devil to be better than the print version?

Because its read by Graham himself, in his amusing tone its very eay to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-05-20

Laughed so much it was an ab workout

Graham Norton is absolutely hilarious. This book gave me so much enjoyment, I wish it had been double the length. I am from Ireland but live abroad & feeling a little homesick gave this a listen - his humour & observations are witty, accurate & I laughed so much (especially during the dog chapter) that my stomach ached.

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  • Billy
  • 12-01-20

Worth a listen for a fan

Some great stories and an easy listen on a commute to work. Worth downloading i would recommend it

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  • T
  • 10-24-14

Weak, but diverting if you're a committed fan

If you are one of Graham Norton's many fans, then you will enjoy this collection of fairly trivial anecdotes. This is one of those rare audiobooks where it's crucial that it's read by the author - if you find his voice cheers you up, then you will find the book keeps you entertained while you are doing something else.

As for me, I like his TV programme very much, but mainly because of his talent for getting his guests to relax and entertain us. The book does a less good job and his stories didn't seem much more amusing than those of anyone off the street, with the obvious exception of those involving celebrities. So a mixed bag, probably best left to Norton devotees.

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  • Nomo
  • 10-27-20

So funny

Wonderful to listen to while walking particularly in these terrible times of Covid it was great

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  • Rebecca
  • 10-29-15

enjoyed this very much

If you like Graham Nortons wit on TV you will love this book. Great

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  • Alison
  • 10-26-14

I laughed, I cried, I want more!

Would you listen to The Life and Loves of a He Devil again? Why?

Yes, candid, honest and thought provoking!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Life and Loves of a He Devil?

Laugh out loud funny as expected, but the tears took me by surprise, his reading a letter from his agony column had me in bits!

Have you listened to any of Graham Norton’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No.

Any additional comments?

My only complaint is it ended too soon, hopefully there is more where this came from .


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  • mrsDavies
  • 01-16-21

Who knew?

Who knew Mr Norton (I use this as a sign of respect) has lived a life so full?
Interesting, Emotional, intelligent and full of common sense - an entertaining book that contain some rules by which to live life.

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  • Sandra H
  • 11-14-20

Best read since Gail H’s - Elinor Oliphant...

Graham Norton you are a genius, this book lifts the spirits in this mad world, you have such a clever way with words, it’s a fabulous read, thank you

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  • HarperSeed
  • 04-02-15

Truely entertaining and memorable

Really enjoyed this. Laughed out loud at many points while it still feeling like a chat over coffee with a friend. The chapter about his dogs is probably my favourite.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-05-15

A great entertainer full of enthusiasm for life.

Graham always seems full of enthusiasm, energy and joy when entertaining various people. His book is just as enjoyable as his shows.

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  • Sonya
  • 10-30-15

Great read (will make you Laugh Out Loud)

If you could sum up The Life and Loves of a He Devil in three words, what would they be?

Genuine, Funny, Graham

Who was your favorite character and why?

His Mum

Which scene did you most enjoy?

His bus trip home after a night out.... so funny because we all know someone who that has happened to

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

The time he was in Texas with Dolly would have to be the most interesting

Any additional comments?

My first Audible book (and well, book in general that I have finished in the last few years). Great listen

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  • Belinda A. Booth
  • 08-04-15

Very enjoyable

Thoroughly entertaining. Graham tells his story with right intonations, a good sense of humour and some sadness where needed. Good fun read.

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  • Jackliveshere72
  • 06-27-21

What a great story!

I laughed and I cried….what a great life Graham has had!
Im still laughing at the dog and Condon story! 😂

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  • Bev Arnold
  • 06-11-21

Not my cup of tea

Struggled to finish it. I love Graham Norton's quick wit and humour and his interaction with his guests but found this account of his life quite boring.

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  • Claire
  • 04-20-21

Light hearted entertainment

This is the first book I have read of Graham Norton’s and it did not disappoint. Laugh out loud funny with a touch of thoughtful contemplation. Listening to this was an uplifting experience that made me feel good! My only complaint is that it ended too soon.

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  • Gary O'Toole
  • 04-06-21

Him off the telly

Graham Norton has a breezy air about him. His delivery and style are light of touch and laced with humour and pathos. A great, easy, read for a lazy Sunday or a drive into work. A joy.

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  • hugo munro
  • 03-16-21

Loved it

Graham is such a consummate preformed and he delighted by commute to and from work each day, even making me laugh out loud on the train a couple times.

I want more!

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  • Melle
  • 11-19-20

Light and Entertaining

I adore Graham Norton and perhaps expected a little more from this memoir. It's light and fun, for the most part, with some more heartfelt stories about family. Perhaps being still a host on television, he needs to tread carefully. Fairly short but entertaining enough.