Before & Laughter (Hardback)
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Before & Laughter (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 30/09/2021
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A treasure trove of jokes and insights from one of our top comedians, Before & Laughter serves up an extraordinary spread of humour and smile-inducing tips for how to feel more at ease with yourself.

A memoir and self-help manual by one of the country's most treasured comedians - for anyone who feels stuck in a rut but doesn't have the tools or self-belief to shake things up.

In his mid-twenties, Jimmy was bored, boring, unfulfilled and underachieving. He wasn't exactly depressed, but he was very sad. Think of a baby owl whose mum has recently died in a windmill accident. He was that sad. This book tells the story of how Jimmy turned it around and got happy, through the redemptive power of dick jokes.

Written to take advantage of the brief window between the end of lockdown and Jimmy getting cancelled for saying something unforgivable to Lorraine Kelly, this book is as timely as it is unnecessary.

Because you might be interested in Jimmy's life but he's damn sure you're a lot more interested in your own, Before & Laughter is about both of you. But mainly him. It tells the story of Jimmy's life - the transformation from white-collar corporate drone to fake-toothed donkey-laugh plastic-haired comedy mannequin - while also explaining how to turn your own life around and become the you you've always dreamt of being. At just £20, it's cheaper than Scientology, quicker than therapy, and significantly less boring than church.

Before & Laughter contains the answers to all the big questions in life, questions like:

* What's the secret to happiness?
* Is Jimmy wearing a wig?
* What happened with that tax thing?
* What's the meaning of life?
* Is Jimmy's laugh real?
* Can those teeth bite through vibranium?

And for readers in the West Country: yes, there are pictures (actually, sorry, there are no pictures, but there's a book about a hungry caterpillar you'll love).

Because it's Jimmy Carr - recently scientifically proved to be the funniest comedian in the UK - there are jokes, jokes and more jokes throughout. If laughter really was the best medicine, the NHS would be handing out this book in Nightingale Hospitals.

Fascinating, thoughtful and insightful - are all words that appear in the book.

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9781529413076
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 594 g
Dimensions: 238 x 162 x 34 mm


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* Daily Mail *
An utterly sincere guide for people to achieve bigger things in life * Guardian *
Very funny and very beautiful, packed with jokes and genuinely wise advice * Chris Evans *
So good. I've loved every second of reading it * James Corden *

A hilarious book that will be adored by Jimmy's fans. Both of them

* David Walliams *

Made me laugh, made me think, what more do you want from a comedian's memoir?

* Alastair Campbell *

I was really annoyed at how good this book is and that's the biggest compliment I can give

* Romesh Ranganathan *
Very, very funny - a great read * Gary Davies, The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show *
At last, a selfless biography that aims to inspire and does. Also, of course, very, very funny * Rich Hall *
It's the first life advice book from someone whose life you would actually want * Katherine Ryan *

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Hardback

“A Briliant Read”

Not at all what I expected when I heard Jimmy was writing a book, I expected more of an autobiography.
BUT what a great book, more of a self help guide to life, great humour and overall a great read,
Leant a little... More

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“Best book I've read this year!”

As a diehard fan of Mr Carr - seen him live - absolute LEGEND, I was super keen to get my hands on this book. Not least because it's signed! It does NOT disappoint! All the wit, intelligence and insight of the... More

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“Inspiring, insightful, and very, very funny”

Part memoir, part guide to reaching your goals, living for your future and appreciating the lessons of stand-up comedy. This is one of the best books I’ve read this year.

The message that comes over loud and clear in... More

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