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    DescriptionThis is the national Book Awards Autobiography of the Year 2013. This is the long-awaited autobiography of one of Britain's best-loved actors. 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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    Title
    David Jason: My Life
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Jason
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 161 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 37 mm
    Weight: 730 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781780891408
    ISBN 10: 1780891407
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGFA, APT
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.1A
    BIC subject category V2: APB
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    LC classification: PN
    Abridged Dewey: 790
    BISAC V2.8: BIO005000, PER010000, PER001000
    DC23: 791.45028092
    Publisher
    Cornerstone
    Imprint name
    CENTURY
    Publication date
    10 October 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Sir David Jason was born in 1940 in North London. His acting career has been long and varied: from his theatre work in the West End to providing voices for Mr Toad from The Wind in the Willows, Danger Mouse and The BFG; and from Open All Hours and The Darling Buds of May to his starring roles as Detective Inspector Frost in A Touch of Frost and, of course, Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter in Only Fools and Horses. He lives with his wife, Gill, and their daughter, Sophie, in Buckinghamshire.
    Review quote
    "As good as it gets ... so much on every page ... a great, great book." Chris Evans "It's a romp of a chronicle, a life according to Del Boy, the ultimate cheeky chappy." Daily Telegraph "Jason's account of his 'busy and fulfilling life' is as genuinely genial as the man himself ... his hugely likeable memoirs reveal he's had the last laugh." Daily Mail - Book of the Week "The book is terrific." Richard Bacon "How the son of a market porter gave up a career as an electrician to become one of Britain's most successful and best loved actors ... the long awaited story..." Independent