My Booky Wook by Russell Brand

My Booky Wook

By Russell Brand

  • Release Date: 2008-11-13
  • Genre: Biography
Score: 4
From 227 Ratings
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Russell Brand grew up in Essex. His father left when he was three months old, he was bulimic at 12 and left school at 16 to study at the Italia Conti stage school. There, he began drinking heavily and taking drugs. He regularly visited prostitutes in Soho, began cutting himself, took drugs on stage during his stand-up shows, and even set himself on fire while on crack cocaine. He has been arrested 11 times and fired from 3 different jobs - including from XFM and MTV - and he claims to have slept with over 2,000 women. In 2003 Russell was told that he would be in prison, in a mental hospital or dead within six months unless he went in to rehab. He has now been clean for three years.

In 2006 his presenting career took off, and he hosted the NME awards as well as his own MTV show, 1 Leicester Square, plus Big Brother's Big Mouth on Channel 4. His UK stand-up tour was sold out and his BBC Radio 6 show became a cult phenomenon, the second most popular podcast of the year after Ricky Gervais. He was awarded Time Out's Stand Up Comedian of the Year and won Best Newcomer at the British Comedy Awards.

In 2007 Russell hosted both the Brit Awards and Comic Relief, and continued to front Big Brother's Big Mouth. His BBC2 radio podcast became the UK's most popular.

Russell writes a weekly football column in the Guardian and is the patron of Focus 12, a charity helping people with alcohol and substance misuse. He also hosts a podcast, Under the Skin, in which he delves below the surface of modern society.


  • My Booky Wook

    By Monkfishbreath
    This book is seedy and articulate simultaneously.
  • Booky Wook

    By €urtis.
    One of the best autobiographies I've ever read. Made me laugh out loud in public constantly!! Funny and sometimes uncomfortably honest. If you haven't read it, do.
  • Honest and hilarious!

    By Shannon 1984
    This book is the most honest book I have ever read, it's fantastic...I wasn't much of a fan beforehand but I'm a complete convert! His use of language is just fantastic, you have to read it like there's a mini Russell in your is so refreshingly honest it's hard nt to come away with renewed respect for the author...well done mate, you did us west ham fans proud....east east east London!!!
  • Uplifting....

    By waynemc
    In a book accounting a lot of personal anguish, failure & regrets... There's plenty of laughs & an underlying story of hope. I'll certainly purchase the 2nd book in time.
  • Just a junkie?

    By Mrs Clug
    What a clever man, I always take a bad approach to anyone who has drink and drug addiction. I felt and still feel it is a choice to work yourself into an oblivion. Although, this auto biography has educated me (now feeling very small minded) that there is so much more to the people behind addictions.
  • Brilliant, unique, insightful

    By Doidazzleyou
    I, overall, absolutely loved this book. Funny, witty, intelligent, just incredibly enjoyable to read. My only problem would be that in the middle, I found my mind drifting a little with a few 'then I got high, then I sha**ed someone, then I did something bad, repeat', that didn't seem to go anywhere, but only for a short part, and I still couldn't wait to have read the whole book.
  • Amazing

    Best book I've read! Couldn't put it down, sad, tragic, funny and clever. Can't wait to read number 2 x
  • Great book

    By Quileuteprincess
    Not one of those books you can't pit down but still a really good read and pretty funny.
  • Read, laugh, learn & laugh some more!!

    By Dappyl3
    Russell's story so far, is EVERYTHING, from tragic to tell-all, slimy to sordid, treacherous to triumphant, and it's not even reached it's climax! Booky Wook should be read by everyone over the age of 18, I believe it is the most entertaining, engaging and educational (not least because of the vocabulary) book I have come across in a long time. Heart-warmingly delightful. I guarantee you will fall in love with the loveable rouge that is Brand.