Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The hilarious, heart-warming and tear-jerking memoir from one of Britain’s best-loved comedians and actors, Matt Lucas.
Hello there. Welcome to my autobiography.
Throughout this book I talk about my life and work, including Little Britain, Come Fly With Me, Bridesmaids, Les Miserables, Alice In Wonderland and, of course, Shooting Stars.
The thing is, this is a bit different to most memoirs you may have read, because it comes in the form of an A-Z.
For instance, B is for Baldy! – which is what people used to shout at me in the playground (not much fun), G is for Gay (because I’m an actual real life gay) and T is for the TARDIS (because I’m a companion in Doctor Who now). You get the sort of thing.
Anyway I hope you buy it at least twice. Thank you.
Thank you to the publishers via NetGalley for an eCopy of this book to read and review, this in no way impacts my thoughts on the book.
However, as soon as I learnt I was approved for this book, I couldn’t wait to dive in! I’ve always been a huge fan of Matt’s, Little Britain had always been one of my favourite sitcoms and his Nardole in Doctor Who is honestly just one of my latest favourite companions.
Whether it was the format of this book, being broken down into sub-headings (following the alphabet), I felt like this was such an intimate autobiography, and yet it felt as casual as catching up with a friend for chips (or crisps, as Matt Lucas says). I mean, it’s awesome, he has a chapter devoted to his favourite foods, which I found fascinating to read about and amusing, he gives such passion talking about his favourite foods and flavors of say, chips and chocolates.
I loved the chapters focused on Doctor Who, though I wish it were longer! I bet he and Pearl got up to all sorts of mischief whilst Peter was memorizing those epic monologues that Twelve performed! He speaks so fondly of his co stars, and I’d definitely love to see Nardole back again if that were possible.
The chapters that focused on his early life were so heart wrenching! I had no idea that Matt Lucas was told about that condition which caused him to lose all his hair, at such a young age, and how much he was bullied at a young age, and how he struggled with coming out to his family and friends, which is sad in itself! But these chapters were written with such heart, it was perfection.
Also loved the chapters where Little Britain was discussed, and even in early chapters, there were snippets of how he got inspiration for some characters, eg, a weight loss coach with a loud and shrill tone, wondering if they have “any nooooo members.” (For those of you who enjoy Little Britain, you’ll definitely appreciate this too.
Filled with anecdotes about being famous and getting recognized whilst out and about with family, and talking about other famous faces and friends, this autobiography is sure to please anyone who’s enjoyed Matt Lucas’s career, or anyone that loves a great autobiography!