David Jason: My Life

David Jason: My Life

By David Jason

  • Release Date : 2013-10-10
  • Genre : Biography
  • FIle Size : 17.31 MB
Score: 4.5
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David Jason: My Life The long-awaited autobiography of one of Britain’s best-loved actors, and the star of Only Fools and Horses.

Born the son of a Billingsgate market porter at the height of the Second World War, David Jason spent his early life dodging bombs and bullies, both with impish good timing. Giving up on an unloved career as an electrician, he turned his attention to acting and soon, through a natural talent for making people laugh, found himself working with the leading lights of British comedy in the 1960s and '70s: Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Bob Monkhouse and Ronnie Barker. Barker would become a mentor to David, leading to hugely successful stints in Porridge and Open All Hours.

It wasn’t until 1981, kitted out with a sheepskin jacket, a flat cap, and a clapped-out Reliant Regal, that David found the part that would capture the nation’s hearts: the beloved Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter in Only Fools and Horses. Never a one-trick pony, he had an award-winning spell as TV’s favourite detective Jack Frost, took a country jaunt as Pop Larkin in the Darling Buds of May, and even voiced a crime-fighting cartoon rodent in the much-loved children’s show Danger Mouse.

But life hasn't all been so easy: from missing out on a key role in Dad’s Army to nearly drowning in a freak diving accident, David has had his fair share of ups and downs, and has lost some of his nearest and dearest along the way.

David’s is a touching, funny and warm-hearted story, which charts the course of his incredible five decades at the top of the entertainment business. He's been a shopkeeper and a detective inspector, a crime-fighter and a market trader, and he ain't finished yet. As Del Boy would say, it's all cushty.


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  • David Jason My Life

    By pants2
    Very good read about one of the best actors and comedy actors of whom I grew up with on the tele. I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it gives you a look at the man behind all those great characters he played.
  • Miss

    By Tezmet89
    Only rated this 4 as I thought it was abit slow to start off with then once it got better i really enjoyed the book and he life story is quiet interesting if you like only fools & open all hours this is book for you !!
  • Fantastically funny

    By benjboy1977
    What a great book written by one of Britain's best loved actors. Well worth the read loved every page. It brought me tears and laughter and I felt like David Jason was reading it too me. Utterly brilliant. Thank you David for the years of laughter you have given me.
  • David Jason: my life

    By paulkilvo
    Excellent story
  • Great

    By Woody5767
    The book is fantastic although David only appears in the forward. Full enjoyed it even had me laughing while I was listening to it in the gym, of which I got some very strange looks from the other gym fraternity.
  • Fab Read

    By Julesymollie
    Loved the tales and laughter of the journey life has taken for David...A true gentleman, husband, father, friend and actor. Can't recommend this enough...
  • Great book

    By K.a.z465735777
    When I got to the end of the book I was devastated because it was that good I would recommend this book to anyone who loves reading. I would not usually read a book but because I like this actor so much I just had to read it.
  • A lesson for others

    By bigalxx
    A lesson on how to describe the people you may not find to be so wonderful in your life. A long and interesting story of a long and interesting life - no idea he had done so much !!
  • First class read

    By JohnB8man
    Even on paper David Jason still has the ability to make me smile. A look back over all of the things he has done was also a nostalgic journey for me as he recalls his famous characters the ones I grew up with. It's not so much look what I have done aren't I great like some autobiographies, it's a genuine recalling of the life he has lived and loved. One word sums it up....."CUSHTY"