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Summary

Danny Baker is a national treasure with a well-documented - thanks to the recent eight-part BBC TV adaptation - and colourful life. For over a quarter of a century, he has amused and entertained audiences on both radio and television. Beginning his career at the age of 15 in a small record shop in London's West End, Danny went on to become an acclaimed music journalist and started his radio career on BBC GLR in 1989. With a unique take on life and a lot to say, Danny's latest book is full of his trademark warmth, wit and insight.

Written and read by Danny Baker.

©2016 Danny Baker (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

Critic reviews

"Quite simply the funniest book you'll read all year...easily as funny, as self-deprecating and as wordly-wise as The Moon's a Balloon by David Niven...it's like Tom and Jerry written by a Cockney Roddy Doyle on Prozac. But funnier." ( GQ Online on Going Off Alarming)
"Rattles along at the same delightful and dizzying pace as its predecessor.... Baker loves a tale told at his own expense and they come thick and fast. He writes like he speaks, with hyperactive garrulity and a rhetorical flourish...there is something about Baker in full flow that is affirming." ( Daily Telegraph on Going Off Alarming)

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Glorious glorious Candyman

Oh I have just had the loveliest few weeks listening to all three books. It’s been like having Danny back on the radio in my drive home. Have never read or listened to a better written or performed biog. Stands up and applauds. Thank you Candyman.

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  • Dave
  • Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • 03-11-17

Great book, poor audio editing

Like all of Danny Baker’s books this is fantastic - he is a great story teller.

However, there are dozens of occasions within the audio recording where Danny restarts sentences and these have not been edited out.

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Love it

There is a very different feel to this third book as it covers the death of the author's much loved dad and his own battle with cancer. There are still lots of hilarious anecdotes but the passing of Spud is dealt with with great tenderness while his description of his cancer treatment pulls no punches. I have enjoyed all three books in this series, perhaps because he describes so well a world I also grew up in. As he says he remembers everything but I seem to have forgotten so much so it is great to be reminded of a different time.

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Perfect

Ah Danny, I love you mate. Of the 3 volumes this is perhaps the saddest but Danny comes through it in such a down to earth way that you feel churlish for breaking down in tears. I love you Danny.

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Long may he live!

Hopefully, Danny Baker will live another 60 years so we can look forward to another three memoirs. Refreshingly honest, gritty and pulls no punches when dealing with himself or others as subjects. I am just sorry that I have read them all and will have to wait some time for more drama in his life to prompt the next episode!

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For Baker this gets heavy........but justifiably

His reading of his material is always like have a pal sat with you telling some great stories. This books suffers from two major points in his life, the death of spud and his cancer battle.

This is not a criticism, his writing of the passing of his father is i think handled well and with humour, his tales of treatment for cancer is (for me) a little long winded. Not that we have not been affected by this terrible plague, some have lived and some have died, but i don't want to listen to it.

I listen until the end, where it seemed to go off track and little and then suddenly end?

Some good tales, funny situations etc but this is the one I will not be revisiting, but I'm glad i read through it.

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Fabulous

Thanks Danny - can't wait for the next instalment - love to hear about your amazing adventures an absolute joy

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  • desdavis
  • London United Kingdom
  • 26-06-18

The best for last.

This is the third (and hopefully not last) of Danny Baker's entertaining memoirs.
Read by the author in his inimitable style he covers the moving events of his father's passing, to his own cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment and recovery (a topic he admirably refuses to wallow in self-pity while covering) through to a calamitously funny meeting with Hughie Green, as well as his exploits travelling with Chris Evans for their various TV ventures together. All- in-all once finished it leaves the listener wishing that Mr Baker puts pen to paper again soon as one feels there is a wealth of tales left untold as yet.
Truly brilliant, warm, moving, touching, and enjoyable.

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  • Narny
  • Lincoln, United Kingdom
  • 20-06-18

Wish I liked it more

I listened to about an hour then decided this was like listening to the office bore that if you have been to Tenerife, he has been to Elevenerife.

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I loved it!

This is made all the better for having Danny read it and he can certainly make you laugh and also live through all those terrible months/years of treatment. A real raconteur!