Title: Help

Author: Simon Amstell

Pages: 224 Pages

Publisher: Vintage

The Blurb

COMEDY. TRAGEDY. THERAPY.

Simon Amstell did his first stand-up gig at the age of thirteen. His parents had just divorced and puberty was confusing. Trying to be funny solved everything.

HELP is the hilarious and heartbreaking account of Simon’s ongoing compulsion to reveal his entire self on stage. To tell the truth so it can’t hurt him any more. Loneliness, anxiety, depression – this book has it all. And more.

From a complicated childhood in Essex to an Ayahuasca-led epiphany in the Amazon rainforest, this story will make you laugh, cry and then feel happier than you’ve ever been.

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

I like Simon Amstell. I liked him on T4 and on Never Mind the Buzzcocks and I won’t lie I miss his acerbic wit on television.

I downloaded his audiobook Help because I thought it would be funny and entertaining and it was but it was also honest and revealed more about the star than I knew before.

It was raw and it showed a vulnerable side to Simon Amstell. It is only about 3 hours long but I recommend it to anyone who misses this curly haired fellow on our screens.

Help by Simon Amstell is available now.

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Title: My Teenage Diary

Time: 19 Hours Five minutes

The Blurb

Forty-five episodes from Series 1-8 of the Sony Award-winning BBC Radio comedy show, hosted by Rufus Hound.

In this hilarious and revealing show, host Rufus Hound invites his guests to revisit their formative years by dusting off their intimate teenage diaries and reading them out in public for the very first time. From terrible poetry, musings on pop music and cringeworthy crushes to fond recollections of schooldays and exotic holidays, to poignant and searingly honest confessions, these extracts reveal the secret thoughts, feelings and experiences of a host of well-known celebrities – before they became famous.

Among the contributors are Richard Herring, Shappi Khorsandi, Sheila Hancock, Meera Syal, Arabella Weir, Robert Webb, Caitlin Moran, Ken Livingstone, Terry Wogan, Alex Horne, Lionel Shriver, Michael Rosen, Ian Rankin, Debbie McGee and John Finnemore.

As they delve into the past and reflect on their youth, will they be filled with nostalgia or embarrassment? What would they say to their younger selves? And what song will they choose to sum up their teenage years? Find out all this – and a lot more besides – in these surprising, insightful and hugely entertaining shows.

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

I have been delving into the world of audiobooks recently and what I have come to realise is that I prefer audiobooks when they are a) books I have already read but want to come back to or b) non-fiction.

With that in mind, I spent a few weeks dipping in and out of My Teenage Diary; a compilation of stories that featured on the BBC radio program of the same name presented by Rufus Hound. The premise of the show is that well known celebrities come on air with their teenage diaries and reveal who they once were.

It is absolutely charming and funny and silly. It is great because it makes you realise just how awkward some of your favourite celebrities are and in some cases how little they have changed. Personal highlights for me were Caitlin Moran (she is my Patronus) and Robert Webb.

If you are going to spend your hard earned dollars on any audiobook this year then make sure it is My Teenage Diary.

My Teenage Diary is available now in book form and in audiobook.