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Who Am I, Again?

Narrated by: Lenny Henry
Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
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Summary

In 1975, a gangly black 16-year-old from Dudley, decked out in floppy bow tie and Frank Spencer beret, appeared on our TV screens for the first time. So began the transformation from apprentice factory worker to future national treasure of Sir Lenny Henry.

In his long-awaited autobiography, Lenny tells the extraordinary story of his early years and sudden rise to fame. Born soon after his Jamaican parents had arrived in the Midlands, Lenny was raised as one of seven siblings in a boisterous, hilarious, complicated working household, and sent out into the world with his mum's mantra of 'H'integration! H'integration! H'integration!' echoing in his ears. 

A natural ability to make people laugh came in handy. At school it helped subdue the daily racist bullying. In the park, it led to lifelong friendships and occasional snogs. Soon, it would put him on stage at working men's clubs and Black Country discotheques. And then an invitation to audition for ITVs New Faces would change his life for ever.

But those first years of show business, in a 1970s Britain of questionable variety shows, endless seaside summer seasons, casual chauvinism and blatant racism, were a bewildering experience for a lone black teenager. At every stage, he wondered: 'Am I good enough? Is this what they want? Who am I, again?'

Riotous, warm-hearted and revealing, and told with Lenny's trademark energy - expect recipes, comic strips, and tips for aspiring comedians - Who Am I, Again? is the heart-breakingly honest and inspirational coming-of-age story of a man who holds a very special place in British hearts.

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©2019 Lenny Henry (P)2019 Faber Audio

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Lenny, Lenny, Lenny - The Lenny Henry Show

I grew up with Lenny - what a bad man (sorry - that's a good man if you don't understand Jamaican culture).
Lovely Autobiography and some great observations about UK / Jamaican life.

Great Audiobook Lenny.

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Pretty good, but stops a bit abruptly.

I definitely thought that this was a good book. Lenny even gives us a nostalgic `oooooooooooookeeeeeeeeeeeeeey` which is worth the price of the book alone. For me though, it did finish a bit early, and I was left wondering, what about the Lenny Henry Show? What about Dawn French? I got the impression that he cut if off early to leave room for a Who am I, again? part two, perhaps entitled Who am I again, again? I still can`t remember. Overall, very good, nice one Len.

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This is a great account of the first 20 years of Lenny Henry’s life. Being of a similar age and being brought up in a nearby area, the places and people were very familiar to me. The challenges he faced in his early career are addressed with honesty and some humour. I found the final chapters on a guide to young comics interesting and a good demonstration of how to make people laugh.

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Wasn’t a big fan but now I am

Over the years I’ve enjoyed Lenny’s work and then was sceptical about him in straight acting, which was unfounded. This is a very enjoyable book to listen to and very good at actually putting you in the place as he is telling his story.

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Fabulous book

I love Lennie Henry so was really looking forward to reading this as I also love autobiography’s, it didn’t disappoint, especially with his West Midlands accent of which I have but not so broad now! Brilliant!

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Fantastic!!

I don’t normally go for an autobiography. I have thoroughly enjoyed every part of this book. Loved listening to Lenny, he is amazing. I couldn’t stop listening. I would definitely recommend this book.

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A star is born

What a fascinating insight into what makes a star.
The trials and tribulations he's been through from an early age to become one of the nations funniest acts. His use of humour to deflect what was a very racist period in our history was brutally honest
but inspiring. If only we'd learned from his approach to it all we wouldn't have the issues we still have today.
Being a Black Country lad I could relate to all the places etc he mentioned but there's something for everyone in this book irrespective of your place of birth, so listen, laugh and enjoy.

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fab listen

loved that lenny had provided the audio for this it wouldn't of been the same. loved every second of it. cant wait for the next one.

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Fantastic reading

Thank you very much Lenny for such a wonderful autobiography.
My parents were also from Jamaica. I came to England to join my Parents. I remained in Jamaica with my Aunts and Grandmother.
I shared your memories from the seventies, growing up in Birmingham. I remembered your Audition and have followed your progress over the years..
I am so immensely very, very proud of you.!!

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if you have seen his film this adds little

if your looking for and insite in to his marriage to dawn its completely absent. comic relief absent. friendships nothing. it's a very sanitised book and it's the stuff that's missing thats intriguing.