My Booky Wook by Russell Brand
2008 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, London, UK
ISBN 978 0340 936177
405 pp, Trade Paperback
For those who know of Russell Brand from his standup comedy, movies, or his forays into Youtube, his first autobiographical book will be a welcome distraction from whatever crisis we -meaning "we" as a species, not specifically "you," the reader- are careening from or to, or something.
Let me try this again.
My Booky Wook, Brand's first autobiography (with help from Ben Thompson) is mostly written with the comfortably familiar cadences of Brand's onstage delivery. Even with the considerable amount of editorial help that Brand reportedly received, there is no mistaking whose book I was reading. It has the feel of listening to someone tell how they got from where they were to where they are.
This is still clunky and I am not doing this book justice.
The first thing you need to know is there are some moments in the first chapter when Brand describes checking in to a sex addiction treatment center that feel like someone is trying to shoehorn his story into a boilerplate celebrity biography. Power through that section. It gets better when Brand goes to the real beginning of the story.