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Frank Skinner Autobiography

By Frank Skinner

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Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 02 May 2002
Frank Skinner is undoubtedly of one of the funniest and most successful comedians appearing on British screens. Born Chris Collins in 1957 he grew up in the West Midlands where he inherited his father's passion for football, a West Bromich Albion supporter, along with a liking for alcohol. Expelled from school at 16 Frank held various jobs later going on to gain an MA in English Literature. Nurturing a serious drink problem from the age of fourteen, Frank eventually turned to Catholicism in 1987 and hasn't had a drink since. He performed his first stand up gig in December 1987. His first television appearance in 1988 met with fits of laughter from the audience and 131 complaints, including one from cabinet minister Edwina Currie. He met fellow comedian David Baddiel in 1990 and the two went on to share a flat throughout the early 90's and to create the hit TV series Fantasy Football League. Winner of the prestigious Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival, Skinner's is a unique mixture of laddish and philosophical humour which has won him the prime time ITV show - The Frank Skinner Show. Here, for the first time, Frank candidly tells us of the highs and lows of his fascinating life and career.

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The hilarious and shocking autobiography of one of Britain's most famous comedians, TV presenters and football fans: Frank Skinner.

About the Author

Born in January 1957 Frank grew up in Oldbury and Smethwick; West Midlands. After various jobs, he performed his first stand up gig in December 1987 and went on to win the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival. He is currently enjoying success with his own TV chat show.

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"Skinner tells this amazing story in a rapid and murky manner" -- David Sexton * Evening Standard * "A rattling good read, written with humour and honesty" -- Lorraine Kelly * The Sun * "Skinner has a pathological need to tell the truth and that can only be to the advantage of any autobiography" * Scotsman * "Skinner has written his own life story - and it's a minor masterpiece . . . although his stand-up revelations are far more fun than anything in the tabloids, it's his poignant portrait of his working-class youth that makes it a classic of its kind" * The Guardian *

EAN: 9780099426875
ISBN: 0099426870
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.7 centimetres (0.22 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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I absolutely loved this read, Frank Skinner's style of writing is extremely funny and given his somewhat "blue" humour it comes as a pleasant surprise to learn how well he writes. Frank is well educated and this certainly shows in the compilation of his autobiography - this isn't some old tat thrown together by a comedian to make a few extra bucks. The story is told from the soul and you certain get the feeling Frank has given a candid view of his life warts and all.

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