Gotta Get Theroux This: My life and strange times in television (Paperback)
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Gotta Get Theroux This: My life and strange times in television (Paperback)

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An expert in coaxing his subjects to open up about themselves (frequently without their knowledge!), Louis Theroux is still something of an enigma to his viewing public. For the first time, the master interrogator reveals what makes him tick, the challenges he has faced and what he really thought of those he has interviewed. 

From much-loved documentary maker Louis Theroux comes a funny, heartfelt and entertaining account of his life and weird times in TV.

In 1994 fledgling journalist Louis Theroux was given a one-off gig on Michael Moore's TV Nation, presenting a segment on apocalyptic religious sects. Gawky, socially awkward and totally unqualified, his first reaction to this exciting opportunity was panic. But he'd always been drawn to off-beat characters, so maybe his enthusiasm would carry the day. Or, you know, maybe it wouldn't . . .

In Gotta Get Theroux This, Louis takes the reader on a joyous journey from his anxiety-prone childhood to his unexpectedly successful career. Nervously accepting the BBC's offer of his own series, he went on to create an award-winning documentary style that has seen him immersed in the weird worlds of paranoid US militias and secretive pro-wrestlers, get under the skin of celebrities like Max Clifford and Chris Eubank and tackle gang culture in San Quentin prison, all the time wondering whether the same qualities that make him good at documentaries might also make him bad at life.

As Louis woos his beautiful wife Nancy and learns how to be a father, he also dares to take on the powerful Church of Scientology. Just as challenging is the revelation that one of his old subjects, Jimmy Savile, was a secret sexual predator, prompting him to question our understanding of how evil takes place. Filled with wry observation and self-deprecating humour, this is Louis at his most insightful and honest best.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781509880393
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 296 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'An absorbing and surprisingly candid book . . .' - Telegraph Magazine

'Gripping' - Daily Mail

'Engaging, funny' - Sunday Times

'If you are a fan of Louis Theroux's self-deprecating humour and relaxed broadcasting style, you will enjoy this honest and soul-searching account of his life so far.' - Sunday Express

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“A must read”

If you enjoy watching Louis on the tv you will absolutely love this book. He goes into some detail on some of the main tv programmes, the fantastic Scientology film as well as elements of his private life, but by far... More

Hardback edition
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“A must read”

If you enjoy watching Louis on the tv you will absolutely love this book. He goes into some detail on some of the main tv programmes, the fantastic Scientology film as well as elements of his private life, but by far... More

Hardback edition
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“Fantastic book”

As a huge fan of Louis, I was very excited to receive a reading copy from the publishers. Louis has written a very candid and engaging biography. I loved reading about his documentary work, his thoughts and... More

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