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by John O'Farrell

Also by John O’Farrell. Global Village Idiot.

Also by John O’Farrell.

This Is Your Life book. John O'Farrell shows how, so often, people are able to become famous without actually having any talent and that obsession with celebrity can crowd out genuine human feeling. It's a big night at the London Palladium  . Typical of O'Farrell's writing, it is full of wit and humor, delighting in the way everyday life is often awful and funny at the same time.

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This Is Your Life Paperback – 1 May 2003.

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John O'Farrell is the author of seven books. His first book, Things Can Only Get Better, was a number one bestseller and was dramatized for BBC Radio 4. The Best a Man Can Get was the bestselling debut novel of 2002. As well as being a bestselling author, John O'Farrell is a regular contributor to television and radio. For the past five years he has written a weekly humorous column for the Guardian, three collections of which have been published as Global Village Idiot, I Blame the Scapegoats and I Have a Bream. Библиографические данные.

John O'Farrell (born 27 March 1962) is a British author and comedy .

John O'Farrell (born 27 March 1962) is a British author and comedy scriptwriter. Previously a lead writer for such shows as Spitting Image and Have I Got News for You, he is now best known as a comic author for such books such as The Man Who Forgot His Wife and An Utterly Impartial History of Britain. The popularity of the book led O'Farrell to be invited to address the 1999 Labour Party conference

DJ Taylor hesitates to heckle John O'Farrell's novel about a comedian, This Is Your Life.

DJ Taylor hesitates to heckle John O'Farrell's novel about a comedian, This Is Your Life. Or rather the imaginary stand-up comic's art. This is Your Life 's premise is the imposture practised by Adam Fenwick-Symes, the inventive newspaper diarist of Evelyn Waugh's Vile Bodies : the creation of a dense, populous, charisma-strewn world, closely monitored by millions, which exists only in the mind of its creator and whose exposure offers the chance for some decorous satire of the modern media process.

Books by John O'farrell: I Blame the Scapegoats. 10. This is Your Life. 8, 10. May Contain Nuts.

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A hugely entertaining novel about the art of stand up comedy, This is Your Life was a runaway bestseller in England. O'Farrell's hero, Jimmy Conway, starts out the novel at the London Palladium. SUMMARY: Another collection of funny, satirical essays on a hundred and one 21st century subjects ranging from a sperm-sorting machine to Santa loans for school children, and how the EC is being expanded to include Narnia. sliver
Nothing wrong with dreaming big in life, planning your future from a young age, writing letters to yourself to be read when you become a grown up and are actually famous. There is only a problem of course when you don't become famous, when you don't achieve that greatness that you know you were destined to achieve. Instead you become a lowly teacher of English as a second language in an English backwater town, leading a pretty down at heel sort of wasted life. Single, broke, bored, disillusioned.

Poor Jimmy Conway, life was supposed to be such a different kettle of fish! And now his life has amounted to very little. He still harbours the desire to be a world famous stand up comic, the novel opening with him about to do a routine at the Royal Variety Performance, his childhood dream about to come true. But oh dear, it is all a lie, the result of a huge fabrication that Jimmy has himself created, aided and abetted by those who should know better. Bizarrely he becomes a victim of his own success!

And how did this peculiar set of circumstances come about? How does a nobody find himself in the wings of the Royal Albert Hall, petrified out of his wits, the fool playing to the fooled? Through a chance encounter with a famous stand up comic who promptly dies of a heart attack, Jimmy finds himself plunged into the world of the rich and famous, his reckless joke making taking on a life of its own.

As much a satire on the game of fame, as well as a serious commentary on the price of fame, this is a novel that could so easily have spiralled out of control, yet remains totally held. Jimmy is actually very funny, and I am surprised he never has made it as a comic, because he is funny on paper! See, even I am beginning to think Jimmy is a real stand up comedian. A bit like The Emperor's New Clothes, Jimmy the Stand Up Comic is a complete fabrication. The joy of the novel is how he gets out of his potential fall from grace, how he loses friends and wins them again and best of all finds joy in his life, peace and contentment.
O'Farrell has a way of writing that along with making the reader laugh and laugh and laugh also makes them reflect on life a bit at the end. This is one book you will certainly forget about what's on TV until you've finished.

In This is Your Life, Jimmy Conway is not that impressed with his life teaching English as a Second Language to those who really don't want to learn it in the small seaside town of Seaford in Sussex, England. Jimmy wants more than anything to be famous, he is secretly writing a screen play to accomplish this and his hunger for fame reaches new heights when he is embarrassed by his brother with letters he wrote as a child to his present 30 something aged self, which give advice to himself to bring him back to the common man now that he is famous. Of course he is no where near famous. The closest he ever came to fame was a brush the day before with comedian Billy Scrivens while they were walking their dogs. Needing to be around fame Jimmy is shocked when trying to force another chance encounter to find out Billy is dead. Making a comment that he just talked to him yesterday the media assumes the two were best friends and Jimmy gets his fifteen minutes of fame on the news. Jimmy is invited to the celebrity funeral and uncomfortable being a nobody makes up a tale that he is comedian who refuses to sell out and go on TV. To his surprise many believe him and it is not long before he is the country's most successful new talent comedian, only thing is he's never done stand up in his life.

If you like the pretending to be a celebrity theme also check out the sensational novel Free Lunch by Nancy Sparling.
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First things first: I got this book from my 15 yr old daughter as a birthat present. I am generally not one to read fiction books. But of course as a birthday present, I felt I had to read it. And guess what, I actually enjoyed this book, quite a lot.

"This Is Your Life" (313 pages) brings the story of Jimmy Conway, who is living a bland life as a part-time teacher in Southern England. Jimmy meets a major TV celebrity by chance when jogging one day. The celebrity dies the next day, and Jimmy somehow builds this encounter into a bit of 15 min. of becoming a B (or C) celebrity as a stand-up comedian whom nobody has ever actually seen perform (which he hasn't of course). Jimmy enjoys his new status, but then there is a major twist towards the end of the book, which I won't reveal, but it brings Jimmy back down to earth, realizing that his "bland" existance in fact was the best thing going in his life.

This book is not a major literature statement, but it is hilarious (I laughed out loud many times throughout), and it does bring home an important message: you may want to be famous, but it isn't at all what you might think it may be, and instead you should enjoy the things you already have around you. Excellent book all around. Thanks for that birthday present, my daugther!
Jimmy Conway has always wanted to be a celebrity - and he was sure he'd be really good at it! So when he gets the chance to give up his ordinary life for celebrity status, even under false pretences, he grabs it with both hands.

Having gotten a lot more than his allocated fifteen minutes, Jimmy finds that the "life less ordinary" he'd dreamed of is not all it's cracked up to be, and that his celebrity status has meant giving up a lot more than he'd bargained for.

An excellent commentary on celebrity-obsession and a very funny book!
What began as an interesting idea in exposing our smoke-and-mirrors-based obsession with Celebrity, results in a dumbed-down morality tale, where we are literally told what the moral is, how to think and feel. The writing overall is fun (a couple of laugh-out-loud moments) and creative, and J.O.'Farell clearly has comedic chops. However, the ending is heavy-handed, unsurprising and predictable in many ways. I felt as though i was watching any episode of Saved By The Bell, where everything is wrapped up nice and tight, and we get the moral explained to us. There is no need to do so: anyone interested in a satire on Celebrity-ism will get the implicit message--J.O.'F should have some faith in us.
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