Wednesday, May 6, 2009

My Booky Wook by Russell Brand

Russell Brand might be most well-known in the U.S. for his breakout role as Aldous Snow, the rock star, in the movie "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," but in the U.K. his fame reaches a far wider audience. This comedian, actor, recovering addict and London Sun's "Shagger of the Year" has written an autobiography detailing his rise from working-class Essex to being one of the most flamboyant personalities in the entertainment field.

Putting it mildly, Russell has been a naughty boy his entire life. An only child of his parents' failed relationship, he grew up mostly around women, and his love and respect for his mother is one of his most endearing qualities. While he still maintained a relationship with his dad, that is also where Russell was exposed to some of the seedier sides of life, lessons which young Russell learned well.

Addictions, mental illness, self-mutilation and reckless sexual behavior are all present in this book, sometimes in gruesome detail. Brand is a talented writer and some descriptions of his predicaments are almost poetic. The book is written as he speaks - the cockney accent leaps out at you from the pages. As someone who was a fan prior to reading the book, it was difficult reading some of the situations he put himself into, but the fact that he has faced his demons and continues to come out on top is a testament to his personal strength. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan, or who enjoys reading a good contemporary biography.

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