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National Book Awards Autobiography of the Year 2013 The long-awaited autobiography of one of Britain's best-loved actors. Born the son of a Billingsgate market porter at the height of the Second World War, David Jason spent his early life dodging bombs and bullies, both with impish good timing. Giving up on an unloved career as an electrician, he turned his a National Book Awards Autobiography of the Year 2013 The long-awaited autobiography of one of Britain's best-loved actors. Born the son of a Billingsgate market porter at the height of the Second World War, David Jason spent his early life dodging bombs and bullies, both with impish good timing. Giving up on an unloved career as an electrician, he turned his attention to acting and soon, through a natural talent for making people laugh, found himself working with the leading lights of British comedy in the 1960s and '70s: Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Bob Monkhouse and Ronnie Barker. Barker would become a mentor to David, leading to hugely successful stints in Porridge and Open All Hours. It wasn't until 1981, kitted out with a sheepskin jacket, a flat cap, and a clapped-out Reliant Regal, that David found the part that would capture the nation's hearts: the beloved Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter in Only Fools and Horses. Never a one-trick pony, he had an award-winning spell as TV's favourite detective Jack Frost, took a country jaunt as Pop Larkin in the Darling Buds of May, and even voiced a crime-fighting cartoon rodent in the much-loved children's show Danger Mouse. But life hasn't all been so easy: from missing out on a key role in Dad's Army to nearly drowning in a freak diving accident, David has had his fair share of ups and downs, and has lost some of his nearest and dearest along the way. David's is a touching, funny and warm-hearted story, which charts the course of his incredible five decades at the top of the entertainment business. He's been a shopkeeper and a detective inspector, a crime-fighter and a market trader, and he ain't finished yet. As Del Boy would say, it's all cushty.


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National Book Awards Autobiography of the Year 2013 The long-awaited autobiography of one of Britain's best-loved actors. Born the son of a Billingsgate market porter at the height of the Second World War, David Jason spent his early life dodging bombs and bullies, both with impish good timing. Giving up on an unloved career as an electrician, he turned his a National Book Awards Autobiography of the Year 2013 The long-awaited autobiography of one of Britain's best-loved actors. Born the son of a Billingsgate market porter at the height of the Second World War, David Jason spent his early life dodging bombs and bullies, both with impish good timing. Giving up on an unloved career as an electrician, he turned his attention to acting and soon, through a natural talent for making people laugh, found himself working with the leading lights of British comedy in the 1960s and '70s: Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Bob Monkhouse and Ronnie Barker. Barker would become a mentor to David, leading to hugely successful stints in Porridge and Open All Hours. It wasn't until 1981, kitted out with a sheepskin jacket, a flat cap, and a clapped-out Reliant Regal, that David found the part that would capture the nation's hearts: the beloved Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter in Only Fools and Horses. Never a one-trick pony, he had an award-winning spell as TV's favourite detective Jack Frost, took a country jaunt as Pop Larkin in the Darling Buds of May, and even voiced a crime-fighting cartoon rodent in the much-loved children's show Danger Mouse. But life hasn't all been so easy: from missing out on a key role in Dad's Army to nearly drowning in a freak diving accident, David has had his fair share of ups and downs, and has lost some of his nearest and dearest along the way. David's is a touching, funny and warm-hearted story, which charts the course of his incredible five decades at the top of the entertainment business. He's been a shopkeeper and a detective inspector, a crime-fighter and a market trader, and he ain't finished yet. As Del Boy would say, it's all cushty.

57 review for David Jason: My Life

  1. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    What a nice man! Plain speaking, warm, with a love of the art of comedy that shines though his career and through his writing. We follow his rise to success cheering every inch of the way. A thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable read. Feelgood factor - 10/10.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Susie

    Have always loved this man, grew up with him in my house and have continued to watch him as an adult. He has always been a very private man so was intrigued to read about his early life and really wanted to find out more about Only fools and horses, one of my all time favourite shows. This was an amazing read, loved all the anecdotes, so fascinating to find out more about him and other (now famous) people he came across at the time and really lovely to read about his close relationship with Ronn Have always loved this man, grew up with him in my house and have continued to watch him as an adult. He has always been a very private man so was intrigued to read about his early life and really wanted to find out more about Only fools and horses, one of my all time favourite shows. This was an amazing read, loved all the anecdotes, so fascinating to find out more about him and other (now famous) people he came across at the time and really lovely to read about his close relationship with Ronnie B. Loved it!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rikki

    David Jason was already a star when I first heard of him, but which character was most like the man himself. The cheeky Del Boy? The slightly gormless Granville? The shabby, sharp, obstreperous detective Jack Frost? As I started to read his autobiography, I realised he had a background in acting covering such a variety of characters in his repertoire that little was beyond him and his ability to perform whatever role was presented. From rep in his early career, through the West End, comedy, dram David Jason was already a star when I first heard of him, but which character was most like the man himself. The cheeky Del Boy? The slightly gormless Granville? The shabby, sharp, obstreperous detective Jack Frost? As I started to read his autobiography, I realised he had a background in acting covering such a variety of characters in his repertoire that little was beyond him and his ability to perform whatever role was presented. From rep in his early career, through the West End, comedy, drama, touring, you name it and he'd probably have tried it somewhere through the years. With his humble background, acting was an unlikely profession for this young whippersnapper, but when he heard that the local amateur dramatic society had a shortage of boys and a surfeit of young ladies, it seemed a good idea to join. Although he had no theatrical training, he obviously had a natural ability which he is very modest about. He did train as an electrician, but rarely seemed to be out of work as an actor to have to fall back on this alternative career. A born practical joker, he was naturally in awe of those a little further up the ladder in the hall of fame. He spent two decades treading the boards before the recognition he deserved came his way. This is the story of a very nice man and I enjoyed getting to know more about him.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Barrie1953

    David Jason is a very popular man, actor, comedy rolls and more. I know when I watch anything with him in it I am going to thoroughly love it. Fools and horse to Frost showed a HUGE talent as both opposite dimensions. Read about his early days starting out as an electrician. Then he ended up being a " millionaire " as he said in his famous show. And in reality he succeeded. What a fabulous read David Jason is a very popular man, actor, comedy rolls and more. I know when I watch anything with him in it I am going to thoroughly love it. Fools and horse to Frost showed a HUGE talent as both opposite dimensions. Read about his early days starting out as an electrician. Then he ended up being a " millionaire " as he said in his famous show. And in reality he succeeded. What a fabulous read

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chris Steeden

    A delightful autobiography by one of England’s great TV actor-comedians. David Jason will not be known outside of England but has been a mainstay on out TV screens here since the mid-1970s. For me he is Del Boy from Only Fools and Horses but he has been in lots of other productions like Porridge, Open All Hours, The Darling Buds of May and A Touch of Frost. My mum and dad used to watch all of them. They never watched Danger Mouse though. As is the case with most books of this type we go through c A delightful autobiography by one of England’s great TV actor-comedians. David Jason will not be known outside of England but has been a mainstay on out TV screens here since the mid-1970s. For me he is Del Boy from Only Fools and Horses but he has been in lots of other productions like Porridge, Open All Hours, The Darling Buds of May and A Touch of Frost. My mum and dad used to watch all of them. They never watched Danger Mouse though. As is the case with most books of this type we go through childhood (born in 1940 so his main memories begin just after the war) and on to how they ended up becoming famous. I thought I would be reading this and seeing Del Boy. That is not the case at all. It is pure David Jason, or rather – David White. He did not have acting parents although his elder brother, Arthur did act. You can see how hard he worked to get to where he got. Repertory work, touring theatre and TV. It was a bit of a gamble but it paid off handsomely. He tells us about all the British TV stars he worked with over the years. He does not relent on informing us of the good and the bad. His relationship with Ronnie Barker is truly lovely as you would expect. The book is so easy to read and the dreaded actor ego does not rear its ugly head fortunately although you can argue that just writing a book about yourself is ego enough. If you have watched and enjoyed David Jason in any of his roles then this book will be of interest to you and it will not put you off him at all. There is a problem though. You end up going to YouTube and looking at all those famous scenes again or searching out whole episodes of TV series he was in. Be prepared to lose some of your precious time doing that.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I like a biography, I seem to read enough of them lately, so this one seemed like it would provide a little amusement. I did enjoy reading about his normal growing up, and training as an electrician. While at school him and a mate joined a dramatic club as a way to meet girls, and without any formal training he was able to start making his living as an actor in his twenties. For me the middle part of the book was a bit dry and I guess not knowing all the old actors and actresses of the 60's and I like a biography, I seem to read enough of them lately, so this one seemed like it would provide a little amusement. I did enjoy reading about his normal growing up, and training as an electrician. While at school him and a mate joined a dramatic club as a way to meet girls, and without any formal training he was able to start making his living as an actor in his twenties. For me the middle part of the book was a bit dry and I guess not knowing all the old actors and actresses of the 60's and 70's it was not my favorite book. All started to improve when he wrote more about Porridge, Open All Hours , Fools and Horses, The Darling Buds of May and all his other television roles. Even though there were lots of amusing stories about what him and his fellow actors got up too, it is the stories about friends and family that touch you the most, and allow you to see the man. He certainly would seem to be a good man to share a meal and a chat with.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Leila

    I enjoyed this interesting and often humorous autobiography written by David himself. It covers his life from his earliest days right up until 2014. One of our most loved actors, here is the inside story of how he made it. His story clearly shows his ability to turn his hand to any type of character acting as well as comedic work, though I think he is perhaps most loved for "Only Fools and Horses" with Inspector Frost running second. His delightful personality shines throughout his book and the I enjoyed this interesting and often humorous autobiography written by David himself. It covers his life from his earliest days right up until 2014. One of our most loved actors, here is the inside story of how he made it. His story clearly shows his ability to turn his hand to any type of character acting as well as comedic work, though I think he is perhaps most loved for "Only Fools and Horses" with Inspector Frost running second. His delightful personality shines throughout his book and the 4 stars award is simply because I did get a little bogged down in the parts where he is discussing in general the ins and outs of show business. If you like autobiographies this is a good one.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    As entertaining and amusing as David Jason himself, this takes the reader through everything he has from his early years avoiding bombs in London to his time as an electrician and his breakthrough moments as a comedian and actor. Not only is this an interesting read, it is written as though Jason himself were sat with you, remembering his past and telling the best and funniest of his tales. He also doesn't shy away from the harder moments including the loss of Lennard and Myfanwy, telling of the As entertaining and amusing as David Jason himself, this takes the reader through everything he has from his early years avoiding bombs in London to his time as an electrician and his breakthrough moments as a comedian and actor. Not only is this an interesting read, it is written as though Jason himself were sat with you, remembering his past and telling the best and funniest of his tales. He also doesn't shy away from the harder moments including the loss of Lennard and Myfanwy, telling of their lives and their loss in affectionate terms that honour their lives rather than their deaths.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sunnie

    Entertaining autobiography of the life of one of England's most beloved actors. MY LIFE deals with Jason's early life and his career up until his successes in Only Fools and Horses and A Touch of Frost.. He does talk about these shows but not in as much detail as his earlier life. It's funny how you form an impression of an actor based on the roles played. Wrong of course. I learned that Jason's real surname is White but when he registered with Actors Equity that name was taken. He chose Jason bec Entertaining autobiography of the life of one of England's most beloved actors. MY LIFE deals with Jason's early life and his career up until his successes in Only Fools and Horses and A Touch of Frost.. He does talk about these shows but not in as much detail as his earlier life. It's funny how you form an impression of an actor based on the roles played. Wrong of course. I learned that Jason's real surname is White but when he registered with Actors Equity that name was taken. He chose Jason because when he was a kid he was a fan of Jason and the Argonauts. I was also surprised to learn that Jason loves scuba diving and flies a helicopter. So many autobiographies these days seem to dwell on crisis and catastrope. Jason had a happy childhood and adolescence and appears to be an unassuming man who doesn't particularly care for the limelight his profession brings. Another fact. The actor who played Trig, the archivist in A Touch of Frost is David Jason's older brother Arthur who is also an actor.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Paul Reid

    I listened to the audiobook, David Jason read the first chapter, but no further, this jarred a little bit and I never really got used to the second narrator. The book itself was an enjoyable read covering David's career from humble beginnings to the pinnacle of fame. Humorous, at times moving, but no real revelations or deep insight here although Jason comes across as a really nice bloke. Lubbly-Jubbly ! I listened to the audiobook, David Jason read the first chapter, but no further, this jarred a little bit and I never really got used to the second narrator. The book itself was an enjoyable read covering David's career from humble beginnings to the pinnacle of fame. Humorous, at times moving, but no real revelations or deep insight here although Jason comes across as a really nice bloke. Lubbly-Jubbly !

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Fletcher

    You can actually hear Sir David's voice (or rather Del's Boys) as you read this book, lovely and funny insight to a very private man. On my list of favourite actors and great to read about other stars and all the plays/tv Sir David has been connected too, especially the "governor" Ronnie Barker. So glad I got to see both George Cole and David Jason on stage (sadly in different plays). You can actually hear Sir David's voice (or rather Del's Boys) as you read this book, lovely and funny insight to a very private man. On my list of favourite actors and great to read about other stars and all the plays/tv Sir David has been connected too, especially the "governor" Ronnie Barker. So glad I got to see both George Cole and David Jason on stage (sadly in different plays).

  12. 4 out of 5

    Linda Hill

    A first person account of the life of one of Britain’s most well known television actors. I rarely watch television or visit the cinema and I’m not remotely interested in celebrity lifestyle so when My Life by David Jason was chosen for the U3A book group to which I belong my heart sank. I was completely wrong to have this reaction. My Life is a hugely entertaining and engagingly written book that I found totally absorbing and interesting. I found My Life quite funny and chuckled aloud on several A first person account of the life of one of Britain’s most well known television actors. I rarely watch television or visit the cinema and I’m not remotely interested in celebrity lifestyle so when My Life by David Jason was chosen for the U3A book group to which I belong my heart sank. I was completely wrong to have this reaction. My Life is a hugely entertaining and engagingly written book that I found totally absorbing and interesting. I found My Life quite funny and chuckled aloud on several occasions. I thought the tone of the book showed David Jason as surprisingly honest and self-deprecating, especially in his assessment of his reluctance to commit in relationships and in the references to his physical stature. He writes with a wit and intelligence that makes My Life a pleasure to read and the asides to the reader make it feel as if he’s simply talking through his past with a friend. I very much enjoyed the mini chapter summaries which are frequently quirkily deadpan and surprising such as ‘How I delivered Bob Monkhouse’s babies’ or ‘Some questionable behaviour with bongos’. I particularly enjoyed David Jason’s obvious affection for some of those he’d worked with like Ronnie Barker, and his sometimes blunt assessment of how he got on with others! I think what appealed to me most was the trip down memory lane that My Life afforded me. I remembered the programmes from my childhood and the actors in them that David Jason writes about with such clarity and with frequently surprising anecdotes. His prose certainly made me feel nostalgic, especially his reference to Apethorpe Hall as I spent the first eight years of my life in that village, my father working at the hall, so all kinds of wonderful memories were kindled outside the actual content of the book. I thoroughly enjoyed My Life. David Jason has managed to illustrate that missing out the autobiographical genre from my reading means I’m missing out on memory, entertainment and enjoyment. I’ll be including more memoir in future!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary

    Really enjoyed this book. For the most part light hearted, it is interesting to read how so many of my favourite shows/characters came about. Also gives an insight into certain other well known characters. I had my phone by my side all the time so I could find a picture to remind me who some of the other actors were and it was like reading about old friends. I did like the final words from Ronnie B

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Brilliant Autobiography from one of our best loved actors, full of humour, facts, sadness and happiness.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    Fascinating insight into a wonderful actor.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Katey Lovell

    David Jason is one of those actors that it feel like you know. He has seeped into our consciousness through decades of portraying memorable characters and always comes across as an affable, charming man in interviews. I was really looking forward to finding out more about him through his long awaited autobiography My Life. The title is not a misnomer, this truly is a book about David's life from his childhood in London in and immediately after the second world war to becoming a household name. I David Jason is one of those actors that it feel like you know. He has seeped into our consciousness through decades of portraying memorable characters and always comes across as an affable, charming man in interviews. I was really looking forward to finding out more about him through his long awaited autobiography My Life. The title is not a misnomer, this truly is a book about David's life from his childhood in London in and immediately after the second world war to becoming a household name. I loved the stories about his family, particularly his mother (her explanation of the noises in wartime as 'just God moving his furniture around' made an impression on me) and the bygone age transmitted in these tales alongside his dry humour and jovial story-telling made this an interesting read. Autobiographies can sometimes spend a long time talking about life 'pre-fame' without really giving any insight, but I felt this book grabbed my attention. I could visualise London in this era, imagining David and his friends up to their escapades. The story of his 'rise to fame' is also interesting. Although he was thrust into the spotlight (reluctantly) in the school production, David showed dedication to a theatre group and pursued a career as an electrician before he got his big break. For those who admire his acting (both on the boards and the screen), which let's face it, most of us do, there are lots of amusing stories from his career, especially the ones concerning Ronnie Barker. I admit there were a couple of points where I had a tear in my eye. Overall, My Life offers a good insight into David Jason's life and history, would make a lovely Christmas present for fans.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    David Jason is a national treasure. As someone who was born in the early 80's I've grown up seeing him in some of the most popular TV series. What I loved about this book was that the period before he became famous was as interesting and entertaining as his most prominent years. His stories before he decided to become an actor, learning various trades, resulted in some great stories. So famous is David Jason as a TV star that it was a surprise to learn he began his acting on the stage. He had a David Jason is a national treasure. As someone who was born in the early 80's I've grown up seeing him in some of the most popular TV series. What I loved about this book was that the period before he became famous was as interesting and entertaining as his most prominent years. His stories before he decided to become an actor, learning various trades, resulted in some great stories. So famous is David Jason as a TV star that it was a surprise to learn he began his acting on the stage. He had a plethora of stories to tell, both heartwarming and humorous, none of which I'll spoil here. Autobiographies can have a tendency to become warts and all tell all slaggng off off other actors so it's nice to read many nice things said about Jason's fellow professionals. Yes if he had problems he doesn't shy away from it but nothing feels malicious. Anyone who has enjoyed David Jason's work and would like to learn more about himself, or indeed the behind the scenes stories of some of his most famous roles, will no doubt enjoy this book. It has insight, humour, heartbreak (in the most tragic way) and so many wonderful stories. Goodreads only lets you rate to 5. I honestly couldn't give it a rating high enough

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    I really expected to leave this audiobook with a sense of relaxation and admiration for the life of Mr Jason but I'm left feeling deflated ever so slightly. To begin with there is only the foreword that is given by David himself, the rest falls to some other geezer who just couldn't pull off the comedic timing or heartfelt dialogue. There are a few "Hmm, I never knew that" moments but honestly not enough...I got the distinct impression that here is a man who is very private and really doesn't wan I really expected to leave this audiobook with a sense of relaxation and admiration for the life of Mr Jason but I'm left feeling deflated ever so slightly. To begin with there is only the foreword that is given by David himself, the rest falls to some other geezer who just couldn't pull off the comedic timing or heartfelt dialogue. There are a few "Hmm, I never knew that" moments but honestly not enough...I got the distinct impression that here is a man who is very private and really doesn't want to give too much of himself away. You can track your knowledge of his life with the briefest of history he gives about this t.v. career and that in itself is hilarious BUT I just wanted more... I do believe this man is one of the comedic backbones of English humour, alongside greats such as Michael Plain, John Cleese, Ronnie Barker. All of which he has worked with, I might add, and yet all except the very end of the biography, which did make me shed a small tear, it seemed hard work. Usually, at the end of a biography I like to feel like I could invite the celeb in question round for a brew as they've become a friend or confidant.... Maybe Mr Jason wouldn't have come anyways!?

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sam Herbert

    David Jason has always been very present in my house on the television throughout my whole life. All of it - Only Fools & Horses, Open All Hours, Porridge, Darling Buds of May and A Touch of Frost. He is without doubt my favourite comedy actor and this autobiography didn't disappoint. However, it focuses mainly on his theatre career and only mentions the "big ones" until about three-quarters of the way through. It is interesting, though. And his close shaves with Monty Python and Dad's Army coul David Jason has always been very present in my house on the television throughout my whole life. All of it - Only Fools & Horses, Open All Hours, Porridge, Darling Buds of May and A Touch of Frost. He is without doubt my favourite comedy actor and this autobiography didn't disappoint. However, it focuses mainly on his theatre career and only mentions the "big ones" until about three-quarters of the way through. It is interesting, though. And his close shaves with Monty Python and Dad's Army could have meant his career could have turned out very different. There might have been no Del Boy. But thank God there was. It's funny, as you'd expect, and very moving. His tribute to Ronnie Barker at the end of the book had me tearing up. If you're a fan of his, you must read this book. It's an absolute must-read if you, like me, grew up with his face on telly most of the time.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    I absolutely love David Jason. I got to know him through Open All Hours which I own now. Then I was lucky enough to watch all of the Touch of Frost on Netflix, which I now own them as well. I'm currently working on watching Only Fools and Horses through Netflix. I think he is a great actor and comedian. I was surprised to learn he had a baby at age 60 with Gill with her age being 40. They had little Sophie. There is the sweetest picture of David and her in the book. There are a good bit of pictu I absolutely love David Jason. I got to know him through Open All Hours which I own now. Then I was lucky enough to watch all of the Touch of Frost on Netflix, which I now own them as well. I'm currently working on watching Only Fools and Horses through Netflix. I think he is a great actor and comedian. I was surprised to learn he had a baby at age 60 with Gill with her age being 40. They had little Sophie. There is the sweetest picture of David and her in the book. There are a good bit of pictures in the book. The book is about his career and some other personal stuff. The majority of it is hilarious and you can actually picture him sitting there going on. He's just great.

  21. 5 out of 5

    John Bowen

    I struggled a little with his writing style, but warmed to it after the first few chapters and enjoyed the book a lot. I think the my initial difficulty was that I was trying to hear his voice through the words, but couldn't relate to to any of his characters. Of course David Jason in person is none of his characters and once I had got past that it was fine. Overall it was an interesting book and I found his descriptions of the technical aspects of stage and television acting fascinating. I struggled a little with his writing style, but warmed to it after the first few chapters and enjoyed the book a lot. I think the my initial difficulty was that I was trying to hear his voice through the words, but couldn't relate to to any of his characters. Of course David Jason in person is none of his characters and once I had got past that it was fine. Overall it was an interesting book and I found his descriptions of the technical aspects of stage and television acting fascinating.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    I have always been a big fan of David Jason and I love an autobiography. This one was a fabulous read, it made me chuckle, it my eyes well up in all the right places and whilst I was reading, I couldn't help but imagine him reading it to me. For a man that doesn't do a lot of interviews and is very private, he gives away just the right amount of personal details whilst still holding on to his privacy. Very well written and highly recommended to all David Jason fans. I have always been a big fan of David Jason and I love an autobiography. This one was a fabulous read, it made me chuckle, it my eyes well up in all the right places and whilst I was reading, I couldn't help but imagine him reading it to me. For a man that doesn't do a lot of interviews and is very private, he gives away just the right amount of personal details whilst still holding on to his privacy. Very well written and highly recommended to all David Jason fans.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Gumbrell

    Very entertaining read, didn't want it to end. Very entertaining read, didn't want it to end.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    I like David Jason, but have never really heard much about him. It was a great insight into his showbiz career, especially the Only Fools and Horses era!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    If you like David Jason then you will certainly enjoy this interesting read. I enjoyed learning about this popular actor who has become a national treasure.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    loved this autobiography of david white aka david Jason

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shahrun

    I really enjoyed the very intimate writing style. The book almost feels like a friendly visit with David Jason, siping a beverage of choice and exchanging annocdites. I wondered if David Jason wrote it all himself? Or did he use a ghost writer? I’d be well impressed if he did it himself! Because the book has wonderful flow, it’s very funny and entertaining. Oh the names he oh so casually dropped through out! I had no idea of the scale of his career or the People that variety of work allowed him I really enjoyed the very intimate writing style. The book almost feels like a friendly visit with David Jason, siping a beverage of choice and exchanging annocdites. I wondered if David Jason wrote it all himself? Or did he use a ghost writer? I’d be well impressed if he did it himself! Because the book has wonderful flow, it’s very funny and entertaining. Oh the names he oh so casually dropped through out! I had no idea of the scale of his career or the People that variety of work allowed him to work with. Lucky man. It was fascinating getting behind the scenes glimpses into how many of the nations favourite shows were made. I’ve not actually watched that many of them. I’ll have to give them all go now. And revisit the ones I am familiar with like Count Duckula and Danger Mouse - I used to love them so much. The book took me much longer than it should have done to read because I kept stopping to look people and shows up. His early life up until Only Fools and Horses was done in quite good detail. I felt by comparison that the last 20 years were rather rushed and too brief. I am wondering if that was due to a two book deal? There was another one released last year. I will have to have a go at that one next. I really look forward to further peeking into his fascinating memories. Thank you David Jason so much for sharing them!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Steve Cann

    I’ve followed David’s work for over 40 years now, so I was delighted when I received this book as a surprise Christmas present. He charts his whole life here in comprehensive, honest and humorous style - as he follows his unlikely dream to one day make it as a professional actor. There’s lots of fun and surprises along the way, and it’s fascinating reading his anecdotes and memories of all the acting work he’s done, and the people who he met and inspired him along the way. He comes across as a lika I’ve followed David’s work for over 40 years now, so I was delighted when I received this book as a surprise Christmas present. He charts his whole life here in comprehensive, honest and humorous style - as he follows his unlikely dream to one day make it as a professional actor. There’s lots of fun and surprises along the way, and it’s fascinating reading his anecdotes and memories of all the acting work he’s done, and the people who he met and inspired him along the way. He comes across as a likable, down-to-earth and unpretentious person, and the book is very entertaining and easy to read. There’s some fascinating insights too into the genesis of Only Fools and Horses, and how he nearly didn’t even become Derek Trotter! All in all an excellent autobiog from one of the UK’s most respected and dearly-loved actors.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rae

    Like a lot of people in the UK Only Fools & Horses kept us laughing week after week with the antics of dodgy street traders Del & Rodney Trotter. So I was really looking forward to reading this book about Sir David Jason, and it did not disappoint. It's always good to read about an actors life before fame came knocking after many many years of treading the boards of theatre then on to parts in small tv shows. After $ during Del Boy came Pop Larkin a lovable generous man who adored his family, th Like a lot of people in the UK Only Fools & Horses kept us laughing week after week with the antics of dodgy street traders Del & Rodney Trotter. So I was really looking forward to reading this book about Sir David Jason, and it did not disappoint. It's always good to read about an actors life before fame came knocking after many many years of treading the boards of theatre then on to parts in small tv shows. After $ during Del Boy came Pop Larkin a lovable generous man who adored his family, then once this series finished David reinvented himself as Detective Inspector Frost. David Jason is a talented & revered actor. A great read if you're a fan of his work.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marc Corn

  31. 5 out of 5

    Laura

  32. 5 out of 5

    Marc Wilkes

  33. 4 out of 5

    Rob Brammeld

  34. 4 out of 5

    Wayne

  35. 4 out of 5

    Janine Hatch

  36. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Long

  37. 5 out of 5

    Rosie

  38. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

  39. 4 out of 5

    Laura

  40. 5 out of 5

    Mark Harris

  41. 4 out of 5

    Jane

  42. 4 out of 5

    Josh Carter

  43. 4 out of 5

    Suzy

  44. 5 out of 5

    Denise

  45. 5 out of 5

    Douglas

  46. 4 out of 5

    Mandi

  47. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Humphrey

  48. 5 out of 5

    Jane

  49. 5 out of 5

    Emma

  50. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  51. 5 out of 5

    Sherran

  52. 5 out of 5

    Jo

  53. 5 out of 5

    Bex Dawkins

  54. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

  55. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  56. 4 out of 5

    Chris Rushworth

  57. 4 out of 5

    Dave Tipping

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