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HELP

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Publisher's Summary

Comedy, Tragedy, Therapy

Simon Amstell did his first stand-up gig at the age of 13. His parents had just divorced, and puberty was confusing. Trying to be funny solved everything.

Read by Simon Amstell, and interspersed with footage from his stand-up tours, HELP is the hilarious and heartbreaking account of Simon's ongoing compulsion to reveal his entire self onstage. To tell the truth so it can't hurt him anymore. Loneliness, anxiety, depression - this book has it all. And more.

From a complicated childhood in Essex to an Ayahuasca-led epiphany in the Amazon rainforest, this story will make you laugh, cry and then feel happier than you've ever been.

©2017 Simon Amstell (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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    Mr. A. P. Barker UK 21/09/2017
    Mr. A. P. Barker UK 21/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Great stuff but just so little thats new."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have loved it to be much longer, I pre ordered the book as I love Simons stand up not knowing anything else about the book. I kinda wanted to go in blind. The book is expansions and comment on previous stand up routines he has done with exerts of the performances performed live thrown in. This would probably be great for someone new to his stuff but I did find myself wanting more. At only three hours long I was kinda disapointed.


    What does Simon Amstell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His performance and energy are why I bought this book in the first place.


    Any additional comments?

    Really good performance and writing but very slim on content.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Vincent Smith 09/10/2017
    Vincent Smith 09/10/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellently told story climb to "normal""

    Enjoyed Simons take on his ascent to "normal" though I have to say he seemed normal enough in the first place. Thanks for the honesty Simon...and the laughter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ke Donn godalming, u.k 02/10/2017
    Ke Donn godalming, u.k 02/10/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Touching, funny, honest book"

    Really enjoyed listening to this. Simon has managed to speak so honestly about difficult subjects but also often making me laugh as he describes his struggle with coming to twrms with who he was. Brilliant and insightful

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Seb Elliott 29/09/2017
    Seb Elliott 29/09/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Perceptive, real and connected."

    Although knowing Simon Amstell primarily through his comedy. I thought this book unravelled much more about his character in a touching narrative. It feels incredibly honest and connected whilst discussing his past with the comic flair he does so well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Brown 28/09/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "people stared as I listened and laughed"

    Ah, the human condition laid bare. Our inner anxiety of not being good enough for anyone or even ourselves with so many more laughs and insight than a self help book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. William Warren 18/02/2018 Member Since 2016
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    "Old material and short but very touching "

    Could have been much longer and less reliant on old material but Amstel has a unique comedic voice well worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Chadderton 15/02/2018 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent 3 hours listening "

    Funny, enlightening & poignant. He tells perfectly the battle of everything we think & ought to say.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 01/02/2018
    01/02/2018 Member Since 2017
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    "Shockingly frank and funny"

    5 stars are fully deserved, with a mix of audio and live stand up that relates to the narrative it really is a delicious mix of storytelling and very funny encounters that are very exposing. The only complaint would be it’s not long enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BBx 01/02/2018
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    "Wonderful stuff"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I found it touching, moving, insightful and funny. I think Simon has a beautiful way of expressing himself and the idea that everybody is connected and needs to feel and be brave about who they are is a vital message in today’s consumer society.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jen Dunstan 27/01/2018
    Jen Dunstan 27/01/2018 Member Since 2017
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    "really surprising, Simon is not a robot"

    I adored listening.. one night I couldn't sleep I listened to it in one lump

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • lauren
    26/11/17
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    "Super Enjoyable"

    A great mix of background and stand up comedy clips. Great insight into depression, anxiety, and coming to terms with yourself. Very enjoyable. Definitely will relisten.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stacey Robinson
    05/11/17
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    "thank you, Simon"

    Loved this book.
    Full of humour and grace.
    Highly relatable, insightful, and inspiring.
    Thank you, Simon Amstel, for writing it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew Azzopardi
    17/10/17
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    "Simon Amstell is my personal god"

    there's a comfort knowing I'm not alone in the gay experience. I wish more people thought like him

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leo
    Marina del Rey, CA, United States
    07/10/17
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    "Wonderful!"

    I am normally a bit reticent about autobiographies but thoughtI’d give this a go as it has had such wonderful reviews. They are all deserved. This is a lovely book and beautifully read with extracts from live shows cut in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shrimp Ramen
    01/10/17
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    "Mind Expanding Fun"

    Amstell takes us on a journey of soul searching and maturation via his career trajectory, dating, travels, psychotherapy, and some illegal psychedelic drugs. I wished it was a bit longer, but laughed heartily throughout. I liked how he clarified through his experiences that no earthly person could possibly have the road map for your individual life when they themselves struggle enough knowing their own proper life path. Also, Amstell highlights the enduring value of stories to transmit wisdom and knowledge. His interesting voice narration easily held my attention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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