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  • Published: 3 November 2020
  • ISBN: 9781529125122
  • Imprint: Century
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $35.00

A Del of a Life

The hilarious #1 bestseller from the national treasure

A third volume of memoirs from the national treasure and Number 1 Bestseller David Jason, following on from the success of his previous much-loved books My Life and Only Fools and Stories, which have sold over 600k HBS combined.

THE #1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER: a hilarious and heartfelt new autobiography from the national treasure Sir David Jason

''So lithe,' they say. 'So spry and sparkling. So uncannily youthful. How on earth do you do it?'

Well, what can I tell you? An hour of tai chi first thing in the morning, an HIIT work-out with my personal trainer, a bowl of steamed kale and a handful of almonds for lunch, and then two hours of yoga in the afternoon followed by an ice bath - this is a routine which I'm sure would work miracles for anyone of any age, although I can't be entirely sure because I haven't myself adopted any aspect of it at any point.

Fortunately, during my life and career I have been given all sorts of advice and learned huge amounts from some great and enormously talented people. I've been blessed to play characters such as Derek Trotter, Granville, Pop Larkin and Frost, who have changed my life in all sorts of ways, and taught me lessons that go far beyond the television set. And I've worked a few things out for myself as well, about friendship, ambition, rejection, success, failure, adversity and fortune.

With any luck, some of these thoughts and observations will chime with episodes and challenges you have faced, or are facing, in your own life. And if they don't... well, hopefully, at the very least you'll get to have a good old laugh at my expense.

So lean back, pour yourself a glass, and try not to fall through the bar flap . . .'
'There are British telly icons and then there is [...] Sir David Jason. This book is such gold ... an absolute delight' ZOE BALL

'An absolute delight ... a romp with so much detail. Offers wisdom in difficult times ... like being invited into his living room' BBC BREAKFAST

'It's beautifully written ... so conversational and chatty ... it's so lovely and warm' CHRIS MOYLES

  • Published: 3 November 2020
  • ISBN: 9781529125122
  • Imprint: Century
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $35.00

About the author

David Jason

Sir David Jason was born in 1945 in North London. His acting career spans decades with him being the voices of Mr Toad from The Wind in the Willows, Dangermouse and The BFG. From Open All Hours to The Darling Buds of May to his starring roles as Detective Inspector Frost in A Touch of Frost and, of course, Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter in Only Fools and Horses, he is a true national treasure.

He lives with his wife Gill, and their daughter Sophie Mae, in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

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Praise for A Del of a Life

Hilarious and heartfelt new autobiography from the national treasure Sir David Jason

Eastern Daily Press

A man who's been a star for over 50 years

Alex Jones

Sir David Jason, the legend!

Rylan Clark-Neal

As David Jason recalls, in a memoir as joyous as any episode, you'd have to be a plonker not to realise Only Fools was TV gold

Daily Mail

The former trainee electrician shares heartfelt and hilarious wisdom[...] With his characteristic warmth and wit, Jason shines a wonderful new light on the charactersand shows that fans have come to love him for


The book is such gold [...] David writes with this wonderful sense of humour and has so many incredible stories [...] The book is an absolute delight

Zoe Ball

Showbiz royalty, one of the greatest actors this country have ever produced [...] to celebrate his 80th birthday Sir David Jason has written a third volume of his autobiography, it looks back on his acting career of over 50 years and counting with all the experiences and lessons he has learnt along the way

Radio 5 Live

Your book is lovely, it's beautifully written [...] your style of writing is so conversational and chatty [...] it's so lovely and warm

Chris Moyles

Tips and tricks for living a good life

Radio Times

From the very first page of A Del of a Life, David Jason's distinctive warm patter sounds in the mind's ear and he'll have you laughing from start to finish.

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