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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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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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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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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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Laughter and tears

These true life adventures are written with so much detail and wit that you sometimes wonder if they are made up, no,all true. I didn’t want it to end.

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Laugh-out-loud funny ,poignant and brutally honest

The third book in Baker's autobiographical trilogy, featuring once again the hilarious, sweary and somewhat dodgy Spud, and covering his own gruelling four-year battle with head and neck cancer. Honest, heartbreaking, hugely entertaining and triumphant.

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Laughing from start to finish

My husband and I adore Danny Baker and saw him live a few years ago. I found myself addicted to this story and couldn’t wait to hear the next segment which quite often we would listen to together. Danny we love you and I cannot recommend this book enough. Sobering, real, magnificent which will keep you up until you finish it. Thank you Danny for being you.

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Another gem from Danny!

Yet another gem from Danny Baker. I have to say, that am a little biased in that I hail from Danny's old manor and I once had the pleasure of borrowing him my pen to Danny in the local Indian take-away near the Red Lion on Lower road, SE16, so he could sign a cheque for his order. All of Danny's books evoke so many happy memories of my growing up in Surrey Docks (now gentrified in Surrey Quays), playing football in Southwark Park, swimming in the Lido, etc, etc. I've also been to all of Danny's stage shows and I would advise anyone who hasn't booked for his 2021-22 tour to do so, because no matter, where you may hail from, they're hilarious and even informative. I can also add that his review is totally unsolicited
And there it is, honest!!!

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cracking good story

It is sad that this is the last of the Candymans 3 books but in a few years their will be a 4th instalment. I laughed so many times while listening to the book his stories about his dad Fred are great. Has been a pleasure to listen to Danny's life story from sitting in the burning car aged 7 on to (Well nearly the 21 century. Great book 10/10.

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Ahoy hoy a go-go

Another rip roaring triumph. Such truthful and honest descriptions of cancer and some fine and dandy tales. Once again though there are a couple of places where editing needs to be more thorough as Danny repeats a couple of phrases.... Didn't spoil it for me though.

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The Legend that is Danny Baker

Every book of Danny Baker's recount of his life are ram packed with hilarious tales, atmospheric accounts and an introspection that is vivid and real. He brings to life places and characters with such amazing aplomb that you feel that you were there. A must listen.