Berserker! (Paperback)
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Paperback 416 Pages
Published: 23/05/2024
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From alternative comedy upstart to TV icon, Adrian Edmondson tells his barnstorming story of life in the limelight, musing on his repressive childhood, Norse heritage and legendary working relationship with Rik Mayall.

The instant Sunday Times bestseller.

From brutal schooldays to 80s anarchy, through The Young Ones and beyond, Berserker! is the one-of-a-kind, fascinating memoir from an icon of British comedy, Adrian Edmondson.

Berserker [noun]: A Norse warrior frenzied in battle and held to be invulnerable; often off his tits on henbane and large quantities of alcohol; one who is out of control with anger or excitement.

Ade Edmondson smashed onto the comedy circuit in the 1980s, stormed The Comedy Store and, alongside Rik Mayall, brought anarchy to stage and screen. How did a child brought up in a strict Methodist household – and who spent his formative years incarcerated in repressive boarding schools – end up joining the revolution? Well, he is part Norse. Could it be his ‘berserker’ heritage?

With wisdom, nostalgia and uniquely observed humour, Ade traces his journey through life and comedy: starting out on the alternative scene, getting arrested in Soho, creating his outrageously violent characters and learning more about his curious (possibly Scandinavian) heritage. With star-studded anecdotes and set to a soundtrack of pop hits which transport the reader through time, it’s a memoir like no other.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781035014316
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 306 g
Dimensions: 197 x 129 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Boarding school, despair, love, music, Rik Mayall – everything Adrian Edmondson writes about makes you love him desperately - Caitlin Moran, journalist and author of How to Be a Woman

The berserker from The Young Ones and Bottom tells his story with self-effacing charm and no end of backstage anecdotes - Ian Rankin

This is a bloody good book. Lots of people live interesting lives, but very few people can write genuinely interesting books about those lives. Adrian Edmondson has done both. And while it is incredibly funny, it is also a lot, lot more than that - Miles Jupp, comedian and host of The News Quiz

The bravest, most affecting celebrity book of the year - Daily Express

Edmondson can be very funny and very poignant simultaneously - Daily Mirror

A hilarious romp through a golden era of comedy and a searingly honest and moving memoir - Red Magazine

Absolutely brilliant - Marina Hyde

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“Awesome!”

I haven't bought the book yet, but I will. This review is to negate the 1 star review, which is extremely unfair as it is due to fault with Waterstones, but actually impacts Adrian Edmondson.

Hardback edition
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“Comedy Legend”

A deeply honest and personal journey onto the mind that hilariously performed on falling beds, exploding buses and generally all-around anarchy from Vyvyan, Vim Fuego, Sir Adrian Dangerous and Eddie Hitler. He was... More

Hardback edition
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“Fascinating insight”

Great insight into the comedy and acting legend. The sections relating to Rik Mayall are moving, funny and tragic. A recommended read,especailly for an insight into the alternative comedy scene of the 1980s.

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