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Son of a Silverback

Narrated by: Russell Kane
Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
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From one of Britain’s most popular and prolific comedians comes a hilarious and deeply moving memoir of life lived under the rule of a Silverback dad. 

The Silverback is considered the undisputed king, a creature whose authority is never challenged and who does not yield to compromise. He walks proudly, feeds greedily, grafts tirelessly, mates voraciously, swears constantly and is threatened all too easily. The Silverback is known to nestle in the misty peaks of central Africa but can also be found in Barking, Essex. Meet Dave Kane, the disappointed, steroid-ingesting, metal-wielding, bouncer father of slight, effete Gamma Male Russell Kane.

This is a story about fathers and sons, class and education and how one scrawny, sensitive, fake-tan-applying 'ponce' stepped out of his father's shadow and became a man - whatever that means.

©2019 Russell Kane (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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Belly wobbling

So I saw Russell in Liverpool recently on stage and found him fascinating,

I loaded the book to keep me amazed while lying on my sun lounger in Spain in November... Its day 2 and I’ve completed it.... my rather large belly jiggled non stop as I happily giggled my way through it.
Stared at by strangers, constantly interrupted by my friend asking me what’s so funny.....

I also lost my father quickly and unexpectedly and he like yours, was head of our household. And this book brought me closer to him than I thought possible

Thank you Russell xxx

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Really good - candid!

Great, true story ...impressions are hilarious. Lots of swearing but look past that & the psychological lessons learned by the author are extremely interesting. like Russell says...audiobook is best way to consume this material!

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Brilliant.... Hilarious at times.

Loved it and it was made even better by the fact it is read by a Russell Kane. An interesting account of his jour ey so far and of course his father. Also very relatable in terms of family relationships and views.

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Loved it

My wife and I saw Russell perform recently and downloaded this for the journey home. Really glad we opted for the audio version as Russell really brings the stories and the personalities of his family to life. There's a lot I could relate to in this book and there are funny, sad and thought-provoking parts throughout. It was a bit deeper than I thought it would be given Russell's stage persona but it was a positive surprise. A really enjoyable listen.

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What next: Dave Kane the movie?

This book is an open account of Russell’s life up to the point of his inaugural stand up gig! This heart felt insight into his relationship with his dad is moving, hilarious and at times cringeworthy. There were many parts of this I could identify with having grown up with a 70’a dad, Ford Escorts, Capris etc. I’ve enjoyed having Russell in my left ear for the last 2 weeks and I’m going to really miss him. There are many inspirational moments in this book that make you feel you need to strive for more in your own life. Most my family thought I’d gone mad quietly chucking to myself all around the house courtesy of Kane in the EarPods. Next step: Russell Kane world domination! Thanks Russell, what’s your next book?

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Absolutely brilliant!

Found this hard to complete in stages, wanted to keep going until the end! Captivating, enthralling, amusing, interesting, open and honest. Loved it :-D

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Sociology /History/ Psychotherapy

A beautiful book that is funny and moving. The descriptions capture an era and transports you. it gives insight into the lives of many young men and the struggle of relationship. Russel works through attachment theory eloquently. Genius. The silver back would be proud .

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7hrs of stand up

If you don’t like swearing, change the book now. If you have seen Russell live this is an extension of his set.

His voice of his mum and late dad really add to the story. If you want a laugh buy it now.

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Brilliant !!!

Didn’t want this to end .....
Love this guy, if only the Silverback could see him now, he’d be made up
Brilliantly written and narrated I laughed a lot out loud all the way through cept the sad bits
Thank you Russell Kane u r a fantastic human

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Sad, sweet, searingly honest. And very funny.

Loved it - as the daughter of a tyrannical working class father ('I pay, I say') it resonated on many levels. It could have easily been turned into a misery memoir but Russell's take on it is touching, humane and best of all, hilarious. I love him and can't wait to see what he does next. I am urging all my friends and family to buy it/listen to it.

Oh, yes, and he is a great actor - he narrated/performed the text brilliantly.

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