My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs, and Stand-Up

Paperback | May 18, 2010

byRussell Brand

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“A child’s garden of vices, My Booky Wook is also a relentless ride with a comic mind clearly at the wheel.... The bloke can write. He rhapsodizes about heroin better than anyone since Jim Carroll. With the flick of his enviable pen, he can summarize childhood thus: ‘My very first utterance in life was not a single word, but a sentence. It was, ‘Don’t do that.’... Russell Brand has a compelling story." — New York Times Book Review

The gleeful and candid New York Times bestselling autobiography of addiction, recovery, and rise to fame from Russell Brand, star of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and one of the biggest personalities in comedy today.

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“A child’s garden of vices, My Booky Wook is also a relentless ride with a comic mind clearly at the wheel.... The bloke can write. He rhapsodizes about heroin better than anyone since Jim Carroll. With the flick of his enviable pen, he can summarize childhood thus: ‘My very first utterance in life was not a single word, but a sentence...

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Russell Brand learned early on to make a joke of fear and failure. From a troubled childhood in industrial Essex, England, to his descent into addictions to alcohol, drugs, and sex in the seamy underbelly of London, Brand has seen his share of both and miraculously lived to tell the tale. In My Booky Wook he leads readers on a rollicki...

Russell Brand is a comedian, journalist, TV and radio presenter, and actor. He has won numerous awards includingTime Out’s Comedian of the Year, Best Newcomer at the British Comedy Awards, Best TV Performer at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, and Most Stylish Man atGQ’s Men of the Year Awards. The first installment of his autobiogr...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.95 inPublished:May 18, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061857807

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely brilliant! Sad, funny, poetic. Russell is literally talking to you through his book. Cant wait to read the Booky Wook 2.
Date published: 2014-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love me some Russell I actually had to google some of the words within. Smart guy. Excellent writer. Candid, raw look into his early years. Can't wait for Booky Wook 3 Cheers.
Date published: 2013-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from INTERESTING He is very very honest to honest sometimes but thats good. Even when he was a junkie he was still thinking about the future and were he wanted to be and he got there which is unbeleivable. Cant wait to read the next one
Date published: 2013-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book!! I have always been a huge fan of Russell Brand and perhaps that is what motivated me to purchase this book. For anyone who wants a look into a twisted mind, I highly suggest this book. Russell is raw and real in his writing and that is when you get an inside look on how this guy got to be where he is today. I didn't know what to expect when I bought the book but I couldn't put it down once I started reading. It's rare to get an inside look into a celebrities life through their eyes and I feel like this book did just that. Sex, drugs and comedic humour are what you'll find in this book. Toss your morals out the window, or at least hang them out to dry while you're reading this book. In my opinion, this was a great book and made me a bigger fan of his. Even if you're not a fan of Russell Brand, I would suggest reading this book because he has had one heck of an interesting life thus far.
Date published: 2011-10-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Worth a Looky Wook There are two things that this autobiography has taught me about Russell Brand: 1. He is one of the most messed up, and completely lucky individuals on the planet 2. Through all of his drunkin and drug-induced episodes, he still managed to come out well-read and extremely intelligent. How the heck does that happen? Well, if you love Russell's brand of candid comedy, it's worth the read to find out.
Date published: 2011-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thrilling read! What a great insight to Russell's life. Follow Russell as he takes you on a journey through the ups and downs of drug and sex addiction. This book will make you feel like maybe you need to check into rehab!
Date published: 2011-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eye-Opening This book is so amazing and definitely eye opening. You almost expect it to be not a real story because of the things Mr. Brand has gone through, however the book offers some comedy and a look inside Russell's unique mind. I congratulate Russell on all his accomplishments and wish him all the best in the future.
Date published: 2010-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Hilarious!" If you are at all familiar with Russell Brand and can appreciate his outrageous and witty humour then this book will not disappoint you. If you are unfamiliar with the works of Russell Brand I might suggest watching some of his stand-up to determine if his raunchy yet insightful comedy is something that would suit your tastes. Within the book, Brand depicts his life and experiences from early childhood to his residence in a sexual addictions treatment center in early 2005. The book itself is found to have much depth, reflection, and intellectual interpretations of life events experienced by Brand, regardless of how ridiculous or appalling those events may be. It is surprisingly poetic and well-written, even including a glossary for various English references and slang used throughout it. In addition to discussing his childhood in London, experiences of school, fame, as well as addictions to both drugs and sex, Brand provides readers with a true depiction of his struggles while also maintaining the ability to find humour within them. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who can appreciate authentic, unapologetic, and outrageous comedy stemming from real life experiences.
Date published: 2010-12-02

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“Hilarious. . . . A richly detailed memoir that’s peppered with both evocative descriptions of the author’s homeland and memorable lines... Brand promises here another tome ‘about how it feels to be famous.’ To my shame, I can’t wait.”