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The hilarious and moving story of Christian O'Connell's very public journey from number one to no one.

As a radio DJ in London, Christian O'Connell appeared to have it all.

He held the number-one spot nationally, with a faithful audience of millions who'd listened to him for years. Celebrities flocked to come on his show, and no other radio DJ had won more awards.

But not everything was as it seemed. Minutes before going live one morning, something happened that changed everything and led to a decision of seismic proportions. He quit his job, moved to the other side of the world where no one knew him and took on the toughest radio market in the world - Australia.

Why? Is the question he's been asked every day since landing Down Under. Until now he's never shared the real reason.

No One Listens to Your Dad's Show is the story of Christian risking everything, uprooting his wife, two daughters and his dog to move to Australia. A move that lands him as a complete unknown in a country where, he soon finds out, no one wants to hear him on the radio.

He was failing, 40-something and falling apart. Until he wasn't.

©2021 Christian O'Connell (P)2021 W F Howes

Critic reviews

"Christian has achieved something very beautiful and funny with this book, weaving ordinary life and every day sadness into something hopeful and profound. I loved it." (Russell Brand)

"Smart and funny." (Ricky Gervais)

"Funny and inspiring." (Adam Hills)

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What a man .

I’ve followed this guy from XFM as a teenager right to the present day with GOLD 104.3 .

This is a story of a new beginning , a new start in a new land and the struggles that come with that but with the added piece that trying to get a population of 5 million people to like you !

This book is fantastic, well written , honest , real.

I laughed ,cried ,smiled sometimes all within 5 minutes of listening !

I can genuinely say Christian O’Connell is one person i would love to meet .

Give this book a go !

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A Don't-Listen-Whilst-Jogging Book

Rarely has reading about someone's midlife crisis felt so enjoyable and life-affirming.

I expected an engaging narrative of a highly unusual career change - which this very much is. Much more than that, however, this is also a reflection upon the eternal theme of how-to-live-a-fulfilled-life (albeit interwoven with some spectacularly funny, involuntary-laugh-out-loud one liners.) Perhaps it's my age - but Christian's reflections upon family, friendships and purpose packed an unexpected emotional punch to the gut.

Between the snorting and weeping, it's a difficult book to jog to.

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Fantastic Story told by the Author

Christian is a great story teller. I had listened to his show in the uk, right up until he had left his radio station position and like many others, wondered how he was getting on. Christian takes you on a rollercoaster ride with exactly how his first year in Melbourne went for him and his family. Thank you for allowing me to come along on your life move/story.

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Fantastic listen.

I was a late comer to Christian o’Connells radio show but once I’d listened to him I was hooked,it was a sad day when he left.
Really liked this book,it was heartfelt,very very funny and a vivid description of him moving him and his family to Australia.
Glad to hear your doing well and loving the Aussie life.!
Highly Recommended.

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Superb

What an amazing book. I laughed out loud, I had tears in my eyes and was in grossed in the story from start to end. I’m a huge fan of the O.C. and this has made me respect and like him even more than before.

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Happy tears all around.

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If you ever listened to Christian on any of his English based radio shows then this is a must listen.
Eyes filling up one moment then laughing out loud in the middle of the quarry while walking the dog the next.
Tremendous storytelling of his family's trip to the other side of the world.
I was genuinely gutted when it finished.

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A fabulous listen

The OC has kept me company with his breakfast shows for over 20 years. It was so nice to hear his own story and especially read by himself. I laughed, cried and hugged my almost teenagers a bit harder. Wonderful book.

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Enjoyable.

This is quite an interesting book. Honest and funny. Read by Christian, I was somewhat distracted by his staccato reading style, regular mid-pronunciations and the weird way he adds an extra syllable to anything ending ‘own’. And PLEASE! ‘something’ does not end in K! But if unlike me, you can ignore all of that, it’s worth listening to.

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Where do I start with this book- Uplifting funny and insightful

I remember the day I heard the sad news that Christian was moving to Australia I was gutted. Here was a show that had lifted me everyday for no other reason than it was just a great place to be with genuine people enjoying life and reminding me what life should be about. I had only just found the show 3 months earlier, was addicted and now it was going to be taken away!

So when Christian started the show in Australia I knew it would only be a matter of time before Melbourne got the show as I did.

I was listening to every podcast, every day the and show was actually better than the UK version so as I listened to this book I had no idea things had been so tough.

This book not only conveys Christians struggles in dealing with a life changing time in his life but goes much deeper into how men can be so vulnerable and the importance of doing something about it.

Apart the genuine laugh out loud moments I got so much more from this book as 48 year old man struggling to know if the way I feel is normal. Christian brings this book together beautifully at the end making it truly inspiring.

I hope you get as much from it as I did. You won’t be disappointed!

Regards John H

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Thank you for your honesty.

I’m a big fan of Christian. Listened to him every morning on Absolute. He and Ritchie entertained the whole family. It was something precious we shared with our then teenage boys. We all went to see him numerous times doing stand up. Excellent, by the way! Our boys can’t wait to listen to this book too. I binged listening to it over 4 days. Laughed out loud....Mrs Woo!! And cried...found it very moving. Glad you and the family are settling and finding your feet. Wish you all the very best. Thank you.