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Summary

If I'm going to tell the story of a life, my life, then I need to tell it warts and all. If the tale is too saccharine sweet then what can the reader take away from it? What do they learn about you? I've written everything down. The shit, the death, fun, naughtiness, addiction, laughter, laughter, laughter, some tears and lots of love and happiness. That ,to me, is a better reflection of a human's life.

Nick's family life was difficult, blighted by alcoholism, illness and sudden misfortune, meaning they lost everything overnight. He left school early and drifted from job to job, dogged by his own personal demons. It's something of a miracle that Nick survived and even more that he would achieve such success with his writing, acting and comedy.

In Truths, Half Truths and Little White Lies, Nick paints a brilliantly funny, moving and brutally candid portrait of childhood, adolescence and eventual success.

©2015 Nick Frost (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton

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Enlightening, Entertaining and Moving

Very entertaining and interesting look at Nick's life, very much bolstered by narration from the man himself.

In turns surprising, funny, a little shocking and very moving, if you enjoy Nick's work or not, it's a book worth experiencing.

Peters out ever so slightly towards the end, where it fades out to bridge to a follow up volume.

Well worth the cost and effort!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Unique Frost humour & gut-wrenchingly sad

Hilarious and also very sad. Frost's voice makes the book come alive. Would definitely recommend.

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Funny and touching

Being a fan of Spaced and Shaun of the dead, a clubber and having suffered similar personal loss, I really connected with Nicks experiences and humour. I was waiting for the dull non-funny stuff in the middle that other reviews mentioned, but never noticed it. Walking to work listening to this, laughing like a drain, I must have looked like a complete nutter. Totally worth it though.

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An insight into a naturally funny man

When you watch Nick Frost on TV or in a film, its easy to think his easy-go-lucky persona is just that, and his life has always been full of laughter and cheer.

This audiobook (narrated by himself) proves that behind most clowns is a sadness. He doesn't play up to this though, and you get the feeling that him writing this was as much therapy as it is entertaining to us.

Nick Frost is a good man, a man who was caught on the culture of the 90's after suffering immense heartache and crippling insecurities that left him with only really one goal most working class men face - survive. Live each day as it comes and keep hoping something better will come along.

It did - and we are all grateful for that.

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Loved it.

Always kind of liked Frost and didn't know what to expect. Turned out i loved the book and the reasoning of it, to basically let his lad know (or anyone else in the future that cares about him) what he got up to and who he was in general whilst growing up. Brutal honesty and well written/narated. I always like it when someone in his position doesn't take himself to serious in the public eye and doesn't turn into an pretentious prick. Down to earth, funny, and lots of stuff in there to relate to as a working class member of society. HOPE THIS ISN'T THE LAST, PLEASE WRITE MORE.

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So good I listened twice

What a fantastically unexpected and rich life Nick Frost has lived. I wasn't even aware of what a kibbutz was until this audio book. Enjoyed this more that Simon Peggs autobiography but that's just personal taste. I have just finished listening to this for the second time and would listen to it again. When's the next addition due Nick?

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not what you expect but good

You may expect this to be full of show biz anecdotes. It isn't. Candid, honest, sometimes funny and always interesting. Made all the better by Nick reading it himself.

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Entertaining but not the whole story

Nick Frost is a likeable chap who I have enjoyed watching in both TV and film roles, particularly Spaced and the Cornetto trilogy. He goes into detail on the events that have formed him, sometimes with touching honesty. However I feel an autobiography should cover a full life story (as up to date as possible) and Nick stops short of that, saving some time for a future book perhaps. So whilst an enjoyable listen I felt this slightly took the edge off the full experience, hence not quite getting five stars.

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Cracking

I loved this book, very emotional and funny, it really lets you look into Nicks strengths and his weaknesses, he tells it well and you just love him. Thanks Nick.

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  • TJ
  • 15-12-15

Made it to the end

Not bad but not all that gripping. Maybe a bigger fan would find it better. I made it to the end and was never bored but also didn't 'putting it down' between listening sessions.

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  • Logun
  • 10-10-15

Beautiful and insightful

As a fan of Nick Frost and the work he's done it's great to get an insight into who he is as a person. It's not often you get to listen to someone talk about their lives and their experiences. Hearing him read the story you get the sense that he's not reading from a book but in fact hanging out with you recounting his life informally.

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  • Jason & Holley
  • 01-11-16

A very interesting read!

I admit, I could have kept on and on listening to you Nick, your very funny and quick. I love your humor. Thank you for sharing your life.
It took some doing figuring out some of the dialect, but... I am a huge fan of yours and have seen many of your films and shows ha, I think I did pretty well😀. I can't wait till your next book.

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  • William M
  • 20-02-18

Fried Gold

Don't judge him, he's from Essex. If I were to judge him, I would say, he himself is indeed fried gold. I only wish the book was longer. Thank you Mr Frost.

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  • Kuba Ryszkiewicz
  • 13-02-18

great book funny and sad

well written, awesomely read full of angdotes and really sad moments. hope to see another one fron Nick Frost

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  • Spencer Hayler
  • 02-11-17

Great!

If you are second guessing this stop! Download and bloody enjoy... roll on book 2. Brilliant!

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  • Miles Coleman
  • 02-06-17

Proper honest storytelling.

I loved that this was a proper honest story of growing up and dealing with less than perfect circumstances in far from perfect ways. I grew up in a very similar place at the same time so much of the madness was familiar to me. As much as it's a story about being a bit of a fuck up in London at that time as it is a story about friendships and trying different ways of dealing with very difficult shit. I liked the gritty details of average stories and bits and pieces. Even the exaggerations and flights of fancy.
I love that people can get lucky even when it seems most bleak. It's also about powerful friendships and acceptance. That it wasn't just a 'look at how great my life is now'.
Nice work mate.
Miles

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  • Kimberly
  • 20-04-17

Wowed and Delighted

This was a FANTASTIC book and I loved every single second of it! It kept me laughing, and teetered on emotions as you follow the story from cover to cover...By the ending you'll have such a close feeling relationship with the author/narrator that the ending will bring a tear to your eye. I can't wait for the next one!!

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  • Catherine Romero
  • 14-09-16

He's a storyteller all right

Would you listen to Truths, Half Truths and Little White Lies again? Why?

He also performs it so well. He is very confident that his story is worth telling despite working class setting and unfinished schooling. He tells of periods of depression but his story always moves forward toward the better life he carved out for himself.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Truths, Half Truths and Little White Lies?

I was always wanting to see if I could spot the half truths. I think I found one. It's the story of him and Simon Pegg in the haunted estate and Emma the ghost. Nicely written and scary. I guess I hoped it didn't happen because it was that scary.

What does Nick Frost bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

When he speaks to the audience like it was an aside. As a former standup, he can set up the situations like a great performer.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The death of his mother.

Any additional comments?

I totally enjoy the British sense of humor.

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  • William Hammock
  • 05-09-16

Down to Earth

Can't wait till book 2. Excellent story telling, the kind of stories you'd expect an interesting stranger to tell you in a bar.

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  • Mahmoud
  • 26-07-16

One of the best autobiographies I have ever read

What did you love best about Truths, Half Truths and Little White Lies?

Nick Frost gave an honest and inspiring summary of his life, it inspired me to learn about his family, his beginnings and his life struggles. I especially like the reasoning he gave to write this book, to give his kids the chance about their father's adventures, struggles and emotions.