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Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens by [Eddie Izzard]
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Brimming with surreal humour and disarming candour (Evening Star)

King of the Universe . . . Comic genius . . . Entertainment incarnate (Telegraph)

Izzard is Wikipedia in heels. He's made his career out of hilarious, dizzying, surreal routines held up by their own daft logic . . . A force of nature (Radio Times)

Sheer Comic Genius. His humour reflects the scattershot lunacy of Monty Python, but with a sophisticated silliness that is entirely his own. He is the most brilliant stand-up comedian of his generation (New York Times)

A comedy gem (Guardian)

Izzard has a knack for reducing centuries' worth of history to just a few exquisite words (the Romans were just 'fascist plumbers', for example) (Time Out)

The funniest man in England (John Cleese)

The funniest man in, well, pretty much all of the known universe (Los Angeles Times)

Izzard is fleet of foot - even in Cuban heels (Independent)

Had the Pythons stuck it out, they'd certainly be doing Izzard-like gags (Chicago Tribune) --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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'I know why I'm doing all this,' I said. 'Everything I do in life is trying to get her back. I think if I do enough things . . . that maybe she'll come back.'

When Eddie Izzard was six, he and his brother Mark lost their mother. That day, he lost his childhood too. Despite or perhaps because of this, he has always felt he needed to take on things that some people would consider the impossible.

In Believe Me, Eddie takes us on a journey which begins in Yemen (before the revolution), to Northern Ireland (before The Troubles), then to England and Wales and across the seas to Europe and America. In a story jam-packed with incident he tells of teddy bear shows on boarding school beds, renouncing accountancy for swordfighting on the streets of London and making those first tentative steps towards becoming an Action Transvestite, touring France in French and playing the Hollywood Bowl.

Above all, this is a tale about someone who has always done everything his own way (which often didn't work at first) and, sometimes almost by accident but always with grit and determination, achieving what he set out to do.

Brimming with the surreal humour and disarming candor of his shows (with occasional digressions), Believe Me tells the story of a little boy who lost his mother yet who has risen to become a star of comedy and drama, a leading advocate of total clothing rights, a British European and extreme runner of marathons, who bestrides the world stage as a world stage bestrider.

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • File Size : 22850 KB
  • Print Length : 393 pages
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publisher : Penguin (13 June 2017)
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • ASIN : B06XPVGFPV
  • X-Ray : Enabled
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