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A hilarious yet warm memoir of growing up funny in a big working class Manchester family

Jason Manford is the latest star in a long line of classic northern observational comics and has now established himself as one of the country’s favourite stand-ups. His career began one night in a pub in Chorlton when a comedian didn't arrive for his set and Jason, the 17-year-old glass collector, said ‘I’ll have go’ and stepped in to fill the gap. From that point on he’s never looked back, until now that is…

This is the story in his own words of everything that lead up to that fateful moment – a colourful tale of growing up with lots of family and not enough money, of getting by and sticking together. It is a story of his ‘Shameless’ extended clan of wayward uncles and singing nans [yes nans, not nuns] and a gobby little knobhead at the heart of it all called Jason. We follow his progress from wannabe junior Alan Sugar [with 4 paper rounds], to apprentice Man City fan [where he learns the art of swearing], to his various trials as a failed young romantic that culminate in the glamour of being dumped at McDonalds.

Find out how returning home from school bloodied and 3 hours late was the best day of his life; how he copes when Christmas chez Manford is cancelled; how he recovers from his mother announcing in a public place that he’s grown pubes; and how he survives when being pursued by a violent psychopath who can run faster than the van he’s in.

Bonus material: The book includes exotic trips to both Liverpool and Kidderminster.


He's blessed with the sort of laid back charm and sharp turn of phrase you can't manufacture

Daily Telegraph

Manford paints a warm picture of a chaotic poor-but-happy childhood filled with earthy characters, from an eccentric uncle to a big-hearted tart he met on his paper round

Evening Standard

One of the most consistently funny and effortlessly charming new comics around

Jonathan Ross

Several instances are much less commonplace, no matter how matter-of-factly Manford relates them - such as the heroin addict uncle who used to crash on the family sofa. And there surely can't be many people who have a story about liberating a cooker from a murder victim's house ... The adventure is like a modern-day Laurel and Hardy sketch, though told with a mordant humour


Who wouldn't feel a rush of delight to see the stand-up and perennial panel show host Jason Manford peeking out of their Christmas stocking?

Independent on Sunday

He's blessed with the sort of laid back charm and sharp turn of phrase you can't manufacture

Daily Telegraph

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  • Paperback


    May 15, 2012

    Ebury Press

    336 pages

    RRP $22.99

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    September 29, 2011

    Ebury Digital

    336 pages

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