In 2001 Will Young shot to fame as the first winner of Pop Idol. It was clear from the start that he would never be a typical pop star - and more than 10 years later he has become one of our best-loved and most intriguing artists.
From his dramatic experiences on Pop Idol; to coming out in the glare of the media spotlight; to his valiant struggles against depression; to the crazy reality of being famous, Will is open about both the highs and lows of his life. He also provides sound and practical advice on dealing with the DVLA helpline - something that has been woefully neglected by all other celebrity memoirs.
If you have ever wondered what it's like to attend a fashion show (and find yourself accidentally waving at Anna Wintour); how it feels to sing in front of thousands while fighting a catastrophic bout of low self-esteem; or be subjected to the terror that is a This Morning 'makeover', then Funny Peculiar reveals all. It also reveals what not to say if you ever meet David Beckham.
Moving, witty and scrupulously honest, Funny Peculiar is a refreshingly different and fascinating autobiography by a true original. Read by the author.
©2012 Will Young (P)2012 Hachette Digital
I really enjoyed listening to this book. It was a light hearted easy listen that explores some tricky subjects such as depression and sexuality. Will talks openly about how these have shaped his life and continue to affect him. He clearly has the ability to laugh at himself and his own mistakes. His style of story telling is sincere and his narration is easy on the ears. The book came across as honest and it made me laugh. Funny Peculiar is a very apt title for this entertaining book.
A slapstick comedy kind of read. Not what I expected. I don't think WY has do e himself a y favours with this book. I thought I liked him but I'm not so sure now. Very bitchy and 'poor me' kind of reading. I think ill stick to just listening to his music. That I DO like!
excellent hilarious and heart warming couldn't stop listening will bought the book to life with his honesty
Although overall I was slightly disappointed with this I would also say that it was quite humorous at times. From a man thrown into stardom he tells of his journey, often in a tongue-in-cheek way, and is open and honest about his private and public life. I enjoyed the fact that it was self narrated and it passed the time without being gripping.
I actually really liked Will Young before I read this book but by the end I had formed a very different view. I presume in writing this he hoped to gain sympathy and understanding for the difficulties he has suffered as both a gay man and a talented and misunderstood performer. In actual fact I was left feeling that he was a complete narcissist with little if any humility or appreciation of the privileges and opportunities life has given him. At no time in the book did he really give any credit to either his family, friends or professionals who I am sure have played a significant role in his life and success. Ultimately he did not present himself well and I was left feeling that he doesn't really deserve the successes and opportunities he has been so lucky to experience.
He narrated it well.
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