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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; 1 edition (Sept. 22 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061719544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061719547
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #148,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Ellis on Jan. 3 2010
Format: Hardcover
absolutely incredible. Craig has been through so much in his life it's almost hard to believe. This book has a lot to say, and if you listen it's got a lot to teach. I love Craig's work, and always have I think he is a delightful personality with a story to tell. I pride Craig on his honesty, and this book doesn't dissapoint. He tells everything as brutally honest as it is, and that is what makes it so special for me. There's a lot of strategically placed humour which brightens up even the darkest of tunnels, but it doesn't sugar coat anything. There inevitably are people who right now suffer from some of what Craig has gone through, and I truly believe that this book has a special healing power. It's a success story and I found that optimism never falters within it. Craig Ferguson has made a name for himself in comedy, and has proved himself time and again as a outstanding actor, comedian, and writer (not to mention incredibly sexy =]) it's hard to even imagine the kind of strength he has to have found a way out of such a vicious circle alive...and not return.

I genuinly love you, Craig and can't belive the journey you took to arrive here, and thank god everything worked out so you COULD be here today. Your comedy has helped me through a lot, and this book may help me through even more.

Love from Canada =)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave Marder on June 22 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I picked up this book because I had recently watched a live taping of one of Ferguson's shows which I loved. I also know he is in recovery and respect him greatly. A great read for anyone.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Emma B. on Sept. 26 2009
Format: Hardcover
Given his talent at telling a great story (both in his stand-up, on TV, and in his novel), I had huge expectations for Craig Ferguson's memoir...and I'm extremely happy to say that it completely lived up to it. While there is the occasional story you might've heard before if you're a fan, 99% of the book contains new, funny, touching and brutally honest stories from his childhood in Glasgow to his current life in Hollywood - the very best kind of autobiography, I'd say. I started and finished it in the same day - it's interesting, hilarious and immensely readable.

If you're looking for a behind-the-scenes Hollywood tale, this isn't for you. If you're looking for a fascinating and well-written look at an intelligent, funny and flawed human being, then it's a must-read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By beckster on Jan. 17 2010
Format: Hardcover
Excellent job Craig. Being that I haven't finished a book in 20 years you can imagine my boyfriend's surprise that I had a book my Christmas list. Hearing celebrities read exerpts from Craig's book on the "Late Late Show" made me want to read it even more. It is excellent! Funny, painful, honest. The book follows Craig's life as a sometimes tormented kid in school, growing up with the "inner demons" that almost did him in. Thankfully his made it though that dark period of his life and was able to put pen to paper to share it with us. I highly recommend this book.
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