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Continuing the story of the hugely successful television and radio broadcaster, this sequel documents the remaining journey of self-discovery undertaken by Chris Evans. Picking up after the host’s purchase of the immensely popular Virgin Radio, the account depicts how Evans had become a media mogul in his own right, until his life took a darker turn. The end of his Continuing the story of the hugely successful television and radio broadcaster, this sequel documents the remaining journey of self-discovery undertaken by Chris Evans. Picking up after the host’s purchase of the immensely popular Virgin Radio, the account depicts how Evans had become a media mogul in his own right, until his life took a darker turn. The end of his career at his own station is covered, followed by the ensuing bitter court case and his bout with alcoholism. Highlighting his discovery of singer Billie Piper and his second chance at fame, this biography captures Chris Evans as he rose phoenix-like from the ashes again, regaining his popularity and professional reputation. Told with wit, verve, and startling honesty, this is the final part of one man’s quest in which he learns what holds the most importance in life.


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Continuing the story of the hugely successful television and radio broadcaster, this sequel documents the remaining journey of self-discovery undertaken by Chris Evans. Picking up after the host’s purchase of the immensely popular Virgin Radio, the account depicts how Evans had become a media mogul in his own right, until his life took a darker turn. The end of his Continuing the story of the hugely successful television and radio broadcaster, this sequel documents the remaining journey of self-discovery undertaken by Chris Evans. Picking up after the host’s purchase of the immensely popular Virgin Radio, the account depicts how Evans had become a media mogul in his own right, until his life took a darker turn. The end of his career at his own station is covered, followed by the ensuing bitter court case and his bout with alcoholism. Highlighting his discovery of singer Billie Piper and his second chance at fame, this biography captures Chris Evans as he rose phoenix-like from the ashes again, regaining his popularity and professional reputation. Told with wit, verve, and startling honesty, this is the final part of one man’s quest in which he learns what holds the most importance in life.

30 review for Memoirs Of A Fruitcake

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    This carries on Chris' story right where we left off in his first book, It's Not What You Think. It covers his marriage to Billie Piper, his dalliance with Geri Haliwell, his experiences in LA and his eventual settling down and fatherhood with wife Natasha. Unfortunately, this one dragged so much for me. Where the first book was down to earth and warm, this one was just "I had an awful lot of money, I blew it, I made more, I blew it" - lather, rinse, repeat. I know that's what his life was like This carries on Chris' story right where we left off in his first book, It's Not What You Think. It covers his marriage to Billie Piper, his dalliance with Geri Haliwell, his experiences in LA and his eventual settling down and fatherhood with wife Natasha. Unfortunately, this one dragged so much for me. Where the first book was down to earth and warm, this one was just "I had an awful lot of money, I blew it, I made more, I blew it" - lather, rinse, repeat. I know that's what his life was like at the time - but I suppose it's hard to connect with someone who forgets they bought a multi-million pound house. While I do like how he speaks about other people - there's so much unnecessary bitchiness about others in so many other autobiographies - I just found that some of it came off as brown-nosing. (Andrew Lloyd Webber and Bono in particular). There's a lot of name dropping, and it just became tedious. However - from watching TFI again this year, it's evident that Chris isn't the spoiled, cocky little prat that he turned into at one point in the late 90s. He seems to have his head well screwed on now, he's in a good place, and he knows that he's a lucky man - so while both books have really made me like Chris an awful lot more, I think I could have left it at the first book and not bothered with this one. 3/5

  2. 4 out of 5

    Godzilla

    Having read the first volume of his autobiography, and found it a little dull, I started this with not a little trepidation: yes it should cover the "interesting" years, but what would he really reveal. I should point out right now that I'm not a Chris Evans fan. I can appreciate his creativity, but he's ultimately a little annoying (not in the Simon Cowell stratosphere of despicability, but annoying all the same) He certainly reveals quite a few details, but also has the decency to preserve some Having read the first volume of his autobiography, and found it a little dull, I started this with not a little trepidation: yes it should cover the "interesting" years, but what would he really reveal. I should point out right now that I'm not a Chris Evans fan. I can appreciate his creativity, but he's ultimately a little annoying (not in the Simon Cowell stratosphere of despicability, but annoying all the same) He certainly reveals quite a few details, but also has the decency to preserve some characters' anonymity, so far that I award him a fair play plaudit. It seems to me that he makes a big deal out of some issues and yet tries to paper over some bigger ones. Me think the gentleman doth protest too much about not being an alcoholic.... The guy seems to have an attention span of a two year old, but does, towards the end of the book begin to appear to grow up (slightly) It ultimately feels like a lottery winner goes wrong type story, which may reflect my attitude to him, more than his own!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    Memoirs of a Fruitcake covers Chris Evans time as owner of Virgin Radio, through the sale of that business - turning Evans into a multi-millionaire, his whirlwind marriage to Billie Piper, and subsequently his time away from TV before returning to the limelight with BBC Radio 2. Whilst I couldn't put the book down whilst reading it - enjoying every chapter, with hindsight the book doesn't feel very satisfying to have read. Many of the chapters focus on Evans buying and selling property and cars, Memoirs of a Fruitcake covers Chris Evans time as owner of Virgin Radio, through the sale of that business - turning Evans into a multi-millionaire, his whirlwind marriage to Billie Piper, and subsequently his time away from TV before returning to the limelight with BBC Radio 2. Whilst I couldn't put the book down whilst reading it - enjoying every chapter, with hindsight the book doesn't feel very satisfying to have read. Many of the chapters focus on Evans buying and selling property and cars, and whilst it's an amazing story for a working class lad from Warrington - I found it more much more interesting to read the chapters where Evans candidly talks about his heavy drinking and how he views that time with hindsight. I liked the "Top Ten" at the beginning of every chapter - and overall, I did enjoy the book - I just came away thinking I'd have preferred more depth and detail from many of the stories that were quickly covered in these pages.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Penny Harper

    I picked this up at the book exchange in our village, as I enjoy memoirs, anyone's memoirs.. I wish I hadn't bothered! Felt obliged to read until the end, as I have a pathological aversion to not finishing books, but oh, how it grated. If I had to read another description of how many millions he has, how many Ferraris, how much money he wasted, how selfish he says he is... He tries desperately hard to be self-aware and humorous, but doesn't pull it off. He just comes across as a wanker. I picked this up at the book exchange in our village, as I enjoy memoirs, anyone's memoirs.. I wish I hadn't bothered! Felt obliged to read until the end, as I have a pathological aversion to not finishing books, but oh, how it grated. If I had to read another description of how many millions he has, how many Ferraris, how much money he wasted, how selfish he says he is... He tries desperately hard to be self-aware and humorous, but doesn't pull it off. He just comes across as a wanker.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Liisa

    Have you ever read a book and desperately wanted to like it and/or the person writing it? This was my experience with Chris Evans’ !Memoirs of a Fruitcake". In fact I did immensely like the beginning and wondered why I don’t succumb to the lure more often and indulge in biographies and autobiographies. By the middle, I remembered why I prefer fiction and laboured through the rest of the book until the end. What I liked about the book: * I am a highly-organised, slightly oddbod and as such I loved Have you ever read a book and desperately wanted to like it and/or the person writing it? This was my experience with Chris Evans’ !Memoirs of a Fruitcake". In fact I did immensely like the beginning and wondered why I don’t succumb to the lure more often and indulge in biographies and autobiographies. By the middle, I remembered why I prefer fiction and laboured through the rest of the book until the end. What I liked about the book: * I am a highly-organised, slightly oddbod and as such I loved the Top Ten list at the beginning of each chapter. * It also takes a certain calibre of a person to admit they have been a royal numptie in their past and for that, I really applaud the author as he often spells out in detail how idiotic he has been. What I didn’t like about the book: * As a rule I don’t like people telling me what to do so I found the tone to be quite “preachy” at times as well as smug and self-indulgent. * It also became less clear as the pages turned, the point of the book. It starts as an autobiographical note about a decade in the author’s life and slowly unwinds and rambles off to a quiet and slightly pointless end. Admittedly I am not a fan of biographies or autobiographies as a rule and unfortunately this hasn’t changed my opinion and if anything, made me more wary.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Another great book to read. Normally, I wouldn't be able to read any biographies very quickly but this one was very captivating and I read it in just one day. As with the first volume of Chris' biography, its very easy to pick up and dip into in that the chapters are short, but I was quite engrossed and just wanted to carry on reading. Each chapter starts with his top 10's which are quite entertaining to read in their own right. This book carries on immediately from where the first volume finish Another great book to read. Normally, I wouldn't be able to read any biographies very quickly but this one was very captivating and I read it in just one day. As with the first volume of Chris' biography, its very easy to pick up and dip into in that the chapters are short, but I was quite engrossed and just wanted to carry on reading. Each chapter starts with his top 10's which are quite entertaining to read in their own right. This book carries on immediately from where the first volume finished - Chris has just bought Virgin Radio for £85M and it picks up the story from there - including the way things all went downhill. Chris is the first to admit to his problems with drink (but never drugs) which were part of his downfall, but the book also covers the good things like his relationship and marriage to Billie Piper, his new wife and the birth of his son, his impetuous purchases of property and cars. All in all, I found this to be a very entertaining read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Peter Marsh

    I was given this book a a present, it's not one I would have bought myself. I found it disapointing, not neccesarily because it was that badly written (although it's certainly not well written), not because he wasn't honest (he appears as far as I'm aware to be pretty honest) but because Chris Evans doesn't come across as a particularly interesting or for that matter likeable character. He loves his cars - so what, he has lots of money (most of the time) - so what, he goes out with well known wome I was given this book a a present, it's not one I would have bought myself. I found it disapointing, not neccesarily because it was that badly written (although it's certainly not well written), not because he wasn't honest (he appears as far as I'm aware to be pretty honest) but because Chris Evans doesn't come across as a particularly interesting or for that matter likeable character. He loves his cars - so what, he has lots of money (most of the time) - so what, he goes out with well known women - so what? Where are the surprises, where are the internal battles (he does, to be fair, mention his alcohol issues), where is his depth and where is his wit? Not something I'd recommend unless you're a massive fan, I know nothing more of any importance about him than before I read it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Meredith Walker

    Quick and easy to read but not as enjoyable as the first autobiography. The insight into his marriage to Billie Piper was interesting. As were the chapters where he reflects on his alcoholism which reveal what a genuine guy he is. I enjoyed these much more than the stories of the rise and fall of Virgin Radio. The top tens are entertaining highlights again.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Aunty Janet

    I'm not a big fan of Chris Evans, but enjoyed his earlier biography. I enjoyed reading this one even more. It gives a fascinating insight into the ups and downs of fame and wealth. I like Evans' writing style, he claims to have written the book himself and just had help with editing. It's his side of the story of his life and I found it quite compelling. I'm not a big fan of Chris Evans, but enjoyed his earlier biography. I enjoyed reading this one even more. It gives a fascinating insight into the ups and downs of fame and wealth. I like Evans' writing style, he claims to have written the book himself and just had help with editing. It's his side of the story of his life and I found it quite compelling.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Martin

    Really enjoyed both parts of Evans' autobiography. As well as being an incredible and honest story of the ups and downs he has lived through, it is laugh-out-loud funny in places. It goes to show that sometimes in laugh you have to take chances and that you shouldn't take life, or yourself, too seriously. Easy to read, it's well worth giving it a go. Really enjoyed both parts of Evans' autobiography. As well as being an incredible and honest story of the ups and downs he has lived through, it is laugh-out-loud funny in places. It goes to show that sometimes in laugh you have to take chances and that you shouldn't take life, or yourself, too seriously. Easy to read, it's well worth giving it a go.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    A few good anecdotes but a little too self-indulgent in places, which makes the pace alternate between interesting and dull. Worth reading if you like the man and/or his previous book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    David Highton

    Although written in an open and self-deprecating way, and honesty about his drunken years, the descriptions of his opulence and wasteful approach become a bit nauseating in the end

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chloë Dowman

    Really good read....interesting and funny and felt really honest.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Chris Evans' Memoirs Of A Fruitcake begins where his first book It's Not What You Think ends. Evans is purchasing his own radio station to continue his successful morning radio career and he could not be happier or at least he thinks. The second book uses the same format as first one. Each chapter starts with a clever top ten list with number one being the main story of the chapter. Again the stories are told with humor sometimes at the expense of the author himself. There were a few differences Chris Evans' Memoirs Of A Fruitcake begins where his first book It's Not What You Think ends. Evans is purchasing his own radio station to continue his successful morning radio career and he could not be happier or at least he thinks. The second book uses the same format as first one. Each chapter starts with a clever top ten list with number one being the main story of the chapter. Again the stories are told with humor sometimes at the expense of the author himself. There were a few differences between the two books. First Evans seemed to be more open about his private life with this book than he was in the first and maybe that was due to just where he was in his life or it was he felt more comfortable with the writing process at this point. Also the first book was very formulaic and, while telling great stories, it didn't get the reader invested in his life. In this book the reader is taken on a roller coaster ride with Evans in both his personal and professional life. By the end of the book the reader is rooting for Evans to succeed in both areas. The last area that I thought was a departure from the first book was that Evans shared a lot more celebrity friends stories than he did the first time around. I don't know if it was because he was running more in those circle now or if, once again, he was feeling more comfortable with the writing process. I found Evans frank discussion of his drinking very interesting and would be a good section of the book to give to a twenty-one year old to read about the dangers that come with drinking. Evans never admits, nor do I think he believes, that he is an alcoholic but does admit that his drinking was very out of control and he is ashamed of how it affected his daily life. I also found the chapter when Evans comes to the conclusion that his marriage to actress/pop singer Billie Piper a very gripping and heartbreaking section. This section shows how difficult it can be to end a marriage but also how it can be the correct decision for both people. Evans talks about the emotion at the time and how emotional it is for him writing about it again. The reader can feel the emotion coming through the writing. This is a book that most people could pick up and read without reading the first book because Evans does a good job of filling in details when needed. I would recommend reading both and if buying as an ebook I noticed a bundle of both books online. Both are easy to read and enjoyable even if the reader does not know the work of Chris Evans.

  15. 5 out of 5

    PrettyFlamingo

    As a longtime fan of Chris Evans going back to the days of doing coursework whilst listening to Too Much Gravy on a Sunday afternoon and TFI Friday with wine and pizza, his first two books were a must on my reading list. Unfortunately I read them in the wrong order! This book starts with Chris acquiring Virgin Radio, charts his experiences there and gives a fascinating insight into the politics involved in radio which I was unaware of. I thought it a good read. Chris Evans is often described as As a longtime fan of Chris Evans going back to the days of doing coursework whilst listening to Too Much Gravy on a Sunday afternoon and TFI Friday with wine and pizza, his first two books were a must on my reading list. Unfortunately I read them in the wrong order! This book starts with Chris acquiring Virgin Radio, charts his experiences there and gives a fascinating insight into the politics involved in radio which I was unaware of. I thought it a good read. Chris Evans is often described as Marmite, but I have always loved him. It’s written in a very readable style, with lots of interesting anecdotes. Although we know it all already – or at least the basics –Chris goes into more detail about such things as meeting Billie Piper (though I think he glossed over their split too much, to be honest), his relationships with Suzi from Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush, Geri Halliwell and ultimately meeting his wife Natasha and starting a family whilst reconciling with his daughter from his first marriage. The zillions alluded to completely went over my head. It was impossible for me to imagine how much money he made, spent, lost, squandered ............ same with houses and cars, which he seemed to buy in the same throwaway fashion I buy clothes from Zara. But like the phoenix rising from the ashes, he is very philosophical about it. Not in a feckless way, but a realisation of where he went wrong. He is refreshingly honest about his many faux pas and his determination to be grateful for his second chances and not muck up again. I was so excited when he returned to Radio 2 (coinciding with my deflection from Radio 1) and he does seem truly humble about his radio resurrection. The high-living he talks about is not for me, and I don’t think it is really for him either. But who can blame him? I have heard that the first book is better, so I am super-excited to start this one, even if it is in the wrong order! I'd give this 4.5.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    The second book from the madcap ginger radio/ tv presenter. If I thought his first book showed him making rash decisions then this was just filled with pure insanity and idiocy. From turning down a cheque for £53 million to getting completely wasted for months on end and finding new ways to throw money away this, at times is the story of a man who shouldn't have been allowed to make a decision before consulting an unaffiliated lawyer. What makes this book such a good read (no pun intended) is th The second book from the madcap ginger radio/ tv presenter. If I thought his first book showed him making rash decisions then this was just filled with pure insanity and idiocy. From turning down a cheque for £53 million to getting completely wasted for months on end and finding new ways to throw money away this, at times is the story of a man who shouldn't have been allowed to make a decision before consulting an unaffiliated lawyer. What makes this book such a good read (no pun intended) is that Evans knows all this. In writing this he seems to have finally grown up. He's brutally honest about the mistakes he's made and pulls no punches on himself. Also included is his marriage to Billy Piper, his feelings towards Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand for their phone prank to Andrew Sachs, paying £6.4 million for a Ferrari at auction and taking over from Sir Terry Wogan on BBC2' breakfast show to name but a few. Another excellent quick page turner recommend to anyone who's enjoyed anything Chris has done throughout his career. I personally wouldn't be adversed to reading a third book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    It wasn't a conscious lifestyle choice. Starting to listen to Radio 2, that is. Anyone I mention it to, however, likes to make a dig that I must be getting old, though. I land the blame squarely at the door of the two Chrises - Mr Moyles on Radio 1 for being such a twat and Mr Evans for sounding genuinely warm, sincere and likeable - when my car stereo went a bit bonkers and would only play the radio (and the adverts on commercial radio just makes me want to smash a hole in my dashboard). And for It wasn't a conscious lifestyle choice. Starting to listen to Radio 2, that is. Anyone I mention it to, however, likes to make a dig that I must be getting old, though. I land the blame squarely at the door of the two Chrises - Mr Moyles on Radio 1 for being such a twat and Mr Evans for sounding genuinely warm, sincere and likeable - when my car stereo went a bit bonkers and would only play the radio (and the adverts on commercial radio just makes me want to smash a hole in my dashboard). And for the most part the book was also warm, sincere and likeable, notwithstanding the plethora of "and then we went and did this rich person thing..." anecdotes. It also explains how non-handsome (albeit rich) men get beautiful women to out with them. He loves women, adores them, worships them, even. And, as a woman, I found this rather endearing. His other passions - cars, golf and radio - I didn't share so much, but it didn't put me off the book. And, even though my car has made friends with my iPod again, I still listen to the Radio 2 Breakfast Show by choice on occasion.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kingfan30

    My knowledge of Chris Evans before starting this book was not huge, I know about TFI Friday but never saw it, I know he was married to Billie Pipper, I know he loves cars and I know he's a DJ on Radio 2 because my husband listens to it and thats was about it. It was actually hubby that picked up this book to read and it has sat around the house doing not much, so I got to a point where I need something light and entertaining to read to break up some of the big novels that have dropped through my My knowledge of Chris Evans before starting this book was not huge, I know about TFI Friday but never saw it, I know he was married to Billie Pipper, I know he loves cars and I know he's a DJ on Radio 2 because my husband listens to it and thats was about it. It was actually hubby that picked up this book to read and it has sat around the house doing not much, so I got to a point where I need something light and entertaining to read to break up some of the big novels that have dropped through my letter box recently. This was just that. I enjoyed the top tens at the beginning of each chapter, and how they were a lead as to where the chapter was going to head. I learnt a lot about Chris, and found it a quick and entertaining read, the figures he was dealing with particularly with the purchase of Virgin radio were just staggering. He does appear to gloss over some parts of life and linger on others but thats about the only real negative I can come up with.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amy Wiley

    It took a while to really get into this book. If I am honest I do not really care about Chris Evans, I have only ever seen him on The One Show but the occasional autobiography does not get dismissed. Chris' writing style was very mature and well paced. I very much enjoyed this as he never dwelled too much on one subject. The chapters were well paced and I enjoyed the 'Top 10' lists, inviting you to read a new chapter. I also find it motivating to have smaller chapters as I have time to read anot It took a while to really get into this book. If I am honest I do not really care about Chris Evans, I have only ever seen him on The One Show but the occasional autobiography does not get dismissed. Chris' writing style was very mature and well paced. I very much enjoyed this as he never dwelled too much on one subject. The chapters were well paced and I enjoyed the 'Top 10' lists, inviting you to read a new chapter. I also find it motivating to have smaller chapters as I have time to read another 5, maybe 10 pages. I would recommend this book but not to anyone my age unless they have a particular unorthodox love for Chris Evans. Partly because it would not be my own first choice if my boyfriends dad had not recommended it to me and bought it for me for Christmas. I enjoyed it and it has made me want to read more autobiographies but I still do not care for Chris Evans, although I have learned a great deal about him and the struggles we can all face in life.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    I didn't really follow Chris Evans until he took over the R2 breakfast show from Terry Wogan. That change coincided with the departure of the breakfast DJ on the local commercial radio station I had been listening to and of the two new DJs I decided I preferred Chris. This book is memoirs as opposed to a date-lined autobiography but it makes an interesting read. I enjoyed the "top tens" which start each chapter - some of which are elaborated on. Sometimes an autobiography can make you go off someo I didn't really follow Chris Evans until he took over the R2 breakfast show from Terry Wogan. That change coincided with the departure of the breakfast DJ on the local commercial radio station I had been listening to and of the two new DJs I decided I preferred Chris. This book is memoirs as opposed to a date-lined autobiography but it makes an interesting read. I enjoyed the "top tens" which start each chapter - some of which are elaborated on. Sometimes an autobiography can make you go off someone you previously liked, I'm pleased to say this was not the case. Chris holds his hands up and admits he has made mistakes in the past but is clearly determined not to repeat them. In particular I was struck by what a loyal friend he is. There are several events relayed in the book where names are left out or stories left not fully told because he didn't feel they were his to tell.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Funny how so many people who have read this aren't fans. I'm not either, I find him a little annoying, but I do like him better after reading this book. I picked it up mainly because I wanted to know how in the heck he ended up with Billie Piper, a girl who could have most any man she wanted. I get it after reading the book. It may not be the best writing but you can tell he wrote it himself, he said it was important to him that he did. It does seem very honest and reflective and I found it ente Funny how so many people who have read this aren't fans. I'm not either, I find him a little annoying, but I do like him better after reading this book. I picked it up mainly because I wanted to know how in the heck he ended up with Billie Piper, a girl who could have most any man she wanted. I get it after reading the book. It may not be the best writing but you can tell he wrote it himself, he said it was important to him that he did. It does seem very honest and reflective and I found it entertaining. He is a terrible hedonist but he knows this better than anyone and condemns himself for it. I found it less name-droppy than a lot of celebrity memoirs and he didn't brag much about women, in fact he was mostly single. It is a pretty simple book and a simple story and you probably won't learn anything but I'm glad I read it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Huntley

    Chris Evans is a shallow, self-obsessed, annoying man, but his honesty, energy and sunny disposition give him some charm. His book, like him, is very childlike, both in its literary quality and its superficial examination of what is really a remarkable series of events. But Instead of revelatory pearls we get dull, fawning celebratory encounters interspersed with mindless episodes of revolting extravagance, plenty of preening, and a few sobering moments of mea culpa. No dirt is dished, no secret Chris Evans is a shallow, self-obsessed, annoying man, but his honesty, energy and sunny disposition give him some charm. His book, like him, is very childlike, both in its literary quality and its superficial examination of what is really a remarkable series of events. But Instead of revelatory pearls we get dull, fawning celebratory encounters interspersed with mindless episodes of revolting extravagance, plenty of preening, and a few sobering moments of mea culpa. No dirt is dished, no secrets are revealed, no confidences broken; in other words, it's all very dull. I wondered prior to reading if there might be a surprise intelligence, perhaps even a touch of genius, lying hidden from the public gaze, but no, Evans really is a prat. It's a quick, light read, but that's about the best thing going for it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Martin Sidgreaves

    After reading "It's Not What You Think" I was really keen to read this book. Like him or loath him, Evans' books are easy to read & entertaining and this one is no different. Continuing the tale of his life, this book covers the last 10 years or so including his financial problems, life with Billie and his rise to the Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2. Entertaining, short, sharp chapters written with his trademark wit and style make this a fun book from start to finish. For it to make sense though y After reading "It's Not What You Think" I was really keen to read this book. Like him or loath him, Evans' books are easy to read & entertaining and this one is no different. Continuing the tale of his life, this book covers the last 10 years or so including his financial problems, life with Billie and his rise to the Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2. Entertaining, short, sharp chapters written with his trademark wit and style make this a fun book from start to finish. For it to make sense though you really need to have read "It's Not What You Think" first.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    I enjoyed this as much as the first one. I always wonder, with autobiographies, how honest they are and found myself thinking a few times "was he really lucid enough to behave compassionately towards people in the way he described?". A cynical reader could interpret the author's professed 'meaningful relationships' as a series of bunk ups, celebrities using their star power to bed whoever they like and make more out of it than it actually was in order to come across to their readers as a more th I enjoyed this as much as the first one. I always wonder, with autobiographies, how honest they are and found myself thinking a few times "was he really lucid enough to behave compassionately towards people in the way he described?". A cynical reader could interpret the author's professed 'meaningful relationships' as a series of bunk ups, celebrities using their star power to bed whoever they like and make more out of it than it actually was in order to come across to their readers as a more thoughtful, caring soul. Aside from all that, I think it would be fun to hang out with Chris Evans and enjoy a pint and a natter!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    I enjoyed this much more than I expected to. It's a story of zero to hero to zero to ... well not quite hero but certainly to someone who has the humility to appreciate the errors of his former spoiled-boy lifestyle. He seems to have led an almost charmed life, always bumping into somebody famous at the right moment and emerging unscathed from many years of heavy drinking and risk-taking. He gained millions and just as easily lost them all again but seems now to have found a point of stability a I enjoyed this much more than I expected to. It's a story of zero to hero to zero to ... well not quite hero but certainly to someone who has the humility to appreciate the errors of his former spoiled-boy lifestyle. He seems to have led an almost charmed life, always bumping into somebody famous at the right moment and emerging unscathed from many years of heavy drinking and risk-taking. He gained millions and just as easily lost them all again but seems now to have found a point of stability and has learned what is really important.

  26. 5 out of 5

    What Lynsey Read

    I'm not particularly a fan of Chris Evans, but I was lent his first book, enjoyed it and was disappointed when it stopped short of the Billie years! So I happened upon this book and dived in feet first. But for me, it lacked something which the first volume had. Maybe it was that Chris was already famous and successful by now. The theme of this book did seem to be 'Whoops, I've got a lot of money'. There were plenty of enjoyable stories but this felt more like fulfiling a book deal than a need t I'm not particularly a fan of Chris Evans, but I was lent his first book, enjoyed it and was disappointed when it stopped short of the Billie years! So I happened upon this book and dived in feet first. But for me, it lacked something which the first volume had. Maybe it was that Chris was already famous and successful by now. The theme of this book did seem to be 'Whoops, I've got a lot of money'. There were plenty of enjoyable stories but this felt more like fulfiling a book deal than a need to tell a story.

  27. 5 out of 5

    David Betts

    Can't help liking Chris Evans, even though he ought, by rights, to be one of the world's more unlikeable people. Same goes for this book, which catalogues his descent into lunacy and (at least partial) recovery. Not sure if it's refreshingly honest or blatant self-justification, but I couldn't put it down. Galloped through it in a couple of sittings... mind you, it's not long. Evans writes as he speaks, so short sentences; often slightly frenetic; and jumping all over the place. I loved it. Othe Can't help liking Chris Evans, even though he ought, by rights, to be one of the world's more unlikeable people. Same goes for this book, which catalogues his descent into lunacy and (at least partial) recovery. Not sure if it's refreshingly honest or blatant self-justification, but I couldn't put it down. Galloped through it in a couple of sittings... mind you, it's not long. Evans writes as he speaks, so short sentences; often slightly frenetic; and jumping all over the place. I loved it. Others are going to hate it. Worth a go, though.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Louise Wylie

    I'm not normally one to read many biographies, but this one had been read by my boyfriend and came recommended. I have to admit, I wasn't previously a fan of Evans; I'd found him pretty annoying on his TV shows, but between this book and his Radio 2 breakfast show, I must say that I've become really fond of the guy! He happily admits that he used to be an idiot and he has done a lot of growing up. I found that him to be endearing and honest and really enjoyed this memoir. I'm not normally one to read many biographies, but this one had been read by my boyfriend and came recommended. I have to admit, I wasn't previously a fan of Evans; I'd found him pretty annoying on his TV shows, but between this book and his Radio 2 breakfast show, I must say that I've become really fond of the guy! He happily admits that he used to be an idiot and he has done a lot of growing up. I found that him to be endearing and honest and really enjoyed this memoir.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Light and easy reading. Evans does skimp on detail but you get the idea that life was/is fun, extravagant and wild, with impulsive behaviour and later plenty of regret. I found it interesting that he rarely mentions his mother. He always talked about her on the Radio 1 show and she's recently appeared a few times on the revived TFI. Perhaps she requested not to be included? Or, more realistically, she doesn't fit into the wild lifestyle he's writing about. Light and easy reading. Evans does skimp on detail but you get the idea that life was/is fun, extravagant and wild, with impulsive behaviour and later plenty of regret. I found it interesting that he rarely mentions his mother. He always talked about her on the Radio 1 show and she's recently appeared a few times on the revived TFI. Perhaps she requested not to be included? Or, more realistically, she doesn't fit into the wild lifestyle he's writing about.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Barry Bridges

    I've always liked Chris Evans. I was a fan of Big Breakfast, TFI, Toothbrush et al and have also indulged in the radio shows along the way. And this second part of his autobiography didn't disappoint. I've given it 5 stars because it is a proper page turner, the man bears his soul and comes out more a real person than a cake. Raisins to be cheerful! I've always liked Chris Evans. I was a fan of Big Breakfast, TFI, Toothbrush et al and have also indulged in the radio shows along the way. And this second part of his autobiography didn't disappoint. I've given it 5 stars because it is a proper page turner, the man bears his soul and comes out more a real person than a cake. Raisins to be cheerful!

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