Chris Evans - Author

About the Author

Chris Evans began his broadcasting career at Manchester's Piccadilly Radio, going on to become a household name in TV and radio. He launched and presented the hugely successful Channel 4 shows The Big Breakfast, Don't Forget Your Toothbrush and TFI Friday, before moving to radio in 1996. Chris hosted Radio 1's flagship breakfast show, attracting 7.5m listeners, Virgin Radio's breakfast show and went on to join Radio 2 in 2005. He soon moved to the prestigious Breakfast Show, succeeding Sir Terry Wogan and exceeding his listening figures, before re-joining television on BBC One's The One Show. He can commonly be seen cavorting and entertaining the nation every Friday, as the show's co-host.

Featured books by Chris Evans

Memoirs of a Fruitcake Billie, Breakfast and Beyond

Memoirs of a Fruitcake Billie, Breakfast and Beyond

Author: Chris Evans Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/07/2011

Sunday Times Celebrity Book of the Year 2010 In It's Not What You Think Chris Evans had seemingly found the recipe for success. He was rich, famous, and now the owner of his own radio station and media company. What could possibly go wrong? As it turned out, the answer was everything!well almost. When we left our loveable ginger hero at the end of It's Not What You Think, it looked like Chris had made it. But things were about to take a very dark turn. Soon Chris's childhood dreams of a job in radio lay in tatters, and as an endless drink-fuelled lifestyle began to take its toll, he plunged into a downward spiral so deep that escape seemed almost impossible. And then his salvation appeared, in the form of a young singer called Billie Piper.

Other books by Chris Evans

It's Not What You Think

It's Not What You Think

Author: Chris Evans Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/07/2018

The story of how one council estate lad made good, really very good, and survived - just about - to tell the tale... Chris Evans's extraordinary career has seen him become one of the country's most successful broadcasters and producers. From The Big Breakfast to Don't Forget Your Toothbrush and TFI Friday, Chris changed the TV landscape during the `90s; and on Manchester's Piccadilly Radio, BBC Radio 1's Breakfast show and as owner of Virgin Radio he ushered in the age of the celebrity DJ. But this is only part of the Chris Evans story. In this witty and energetically written autobiography, Chris describes the experiences that shaped the boy and created the man who would go on to carve out such a dazzlingly brilliant career. Born on a dreary council estate in Warrington and determined to escape, Chris started out as the best newspaper boy on the block, armed with no more than a little silver Binatone radio that he would take to the newsagents each day and through which he would develop a life-long and passionate love affair with the music and voices that emerged. From paperboy to media mogul, It's Not What You Think isn't what you think - it's the real story beyond the glare of the media spotlight from one of this country's brightest and boldest personalities.

Fearless Freddie The Life and Times of Freddie Mills

Fearless Freddie The Life and Times of Freddie Mills

Author: Chris Evans Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2017

Fearless Freddie charts the career of pugilist Freddie Mills, who became the biggest name in British boxing, a television star in the 1950s only to commit apparent suicide in 1965. Freddie was a boxing superstar at a time when the country was still trying to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of the Second World War. A natural entertainer, he embarked on a successful media career long after his days in the ring came to an end, paving the way for other sports stars to do the same in future. However, there was a darker side to Mills. His nightclub brought him into contact with notorious London gangsters. Constantly plagued by depression and money worries, the death of Freddie remains a mystery. Since his death, conspiracy theories aplenty have been peddled about how and why Freddie was found in the back of a car, having shot himself through his right eye. Could a man who had it all really take his own life or was there something more sinister afoot?

Top Fear The Remaking of a TV Legend

Top Fear The Remaking of a TV Legend

Author: Chris Evans Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/10/2016

Today and every day for me, up until May 2016, is all about the first episode of the brand new TOP GEAR. The show I have been hired to save from becoming mere ashes blowing across the hinterland of the golden age of television. A show as infamous as it is revered the world over. A show that somehow exploded from a monthly regional BBC Midlands half-hour magazine programme in the late Seventies into the global anarchic phenomenon it is today. 'What follows is the story of the television equivalent of being asked to take over from The Beatles. Just as there was John, Paul, George and Ringo, in this case there was Clarkson, Hammond, May and (Andy) Wilman, their producer. Just as The Beatles scored hit after hit from 1962 to 1970, The Four Amigos have scored hit after hit from Birmingham to Bratislava for the past decade or more. Under their reign TOP GEAR became the most illegally downloaded programme of all time, the biggest car show ever not to mention the subject of several international diplomatic stand-offs, climb-downs and general ongoing rumpuses. On top of all that, they have produced consecutive bestselling Christmas DVDs and made millions touring the planet with their TOP GEAR LIVE stadium shows. 'Now consider this if you will, as I have been doing practically every minute since being offered the biggest job in television. There's only one of me. I've had no hits whatsoever, I've never been on any world tours of any kind, only a handful of people outside the UK have the first clue who I am - and I don't even have a band (yet). 'Beginning to get the picture? 'To say I'm a little tense and distracted would be one way of putting it. To say I'm absolutely sh***ing my pants would be a little closer to the mark.

The Painswick Conspiracy

The Painswick Conspiracy

Author: Chris Evans Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/07/2016

The Painswick Conspiracy

The Painswick Conspiracy

Author: Chris Evans Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/07/2016

Call the Midlife: TFI Friday, Top Gear and Other Middle-Aged Dilemmas

Call the Midlife: TFI Friday, Top Gear and Other Middle-Aged Dilemmas

Author: Chris Evans Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/06/2016

During his run into turning FIFTY, CHRIS EVANS is on a MISSION. To take stock of WHERE HE IS and WHERE HE'S AT in order to figure out how BEST to get the MOST out of what he BELIEVES are the BEST YEARS yet to come. His typically positive and upbeat journey involves ONE HUNDRED DAYS of contemplation, research, focus, frustration and DECISION MAKING while SECRETLY: *Training for The London MARATHON *Bringing back his cult Nineties TV show TFI FRIDAY *And the small matter of suddenly being asked to take over TOP GEAR. HEALTH, LOVE, MARRIAGE, SEX, DEATH and even RELIGION all come under his witty microscope as he poses the conundrum - MIDLIFE: CRISIS vs OPPORTUNITY ? There can only be one winner.

Of Bone and Thunder

Of Bone and Thunder

Author: Chris Evans Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/02/2015

Chris Evans PLACES the broad sword and sorcery archetypes in a new and exciting environment. R. A. Salvatore A land of thick jungle and mist-swirled mountains. An enemy moving unseen beneath the lush canopy. The growing threat of thaumics - a magic wielded by few that threatens to destabilise all. The youth of a kingdom sent to fight in a faraway hell while back home, discord and disillusionment reign - Chris Evans takes a daring new approach to the traditional world of sword and sorcery by thrusting it into a maelstrom of racial animus, drug use, rebellion, and a growing war that seems at once unwinnable and with no end in sight. In this thrilling epic, channelling the cultural upheaval and wholesale destruction of the Vietnam War, right and wrong, country and honour, freedom and sacrifice are all put to the ultimate test in the heart of a dark, bloody, otherworldly jungle. Praise for The Iron Elves trilogy A masterful debut - if J.R.R. Tolkien and Bernard Cornwell had a literary love child, this would be it Karen Traviss, #1 New York Times bestselling author An outstanding military fantasy series unlike any since Glen Cook's beloved 'Black Company' series...highly recommended Library Journal Readers will no doubt end up desperate for the next volume. Publishers Weekly (starred review)

It's Not What You Think and Memoirs of a Fruitcake 2-in-1 Collection

It's Not What You Think and Memoirs of a Fruitcake 2-in-1 Collection

Author: Chris Evans Format: eBook Release Date: 06/03/2014

Chris Evans is one of the country's most successful broadcasters and producers. For the first time, readers can follow Chris's journey in this single volume - from a young paperboy living in a council estate in It's Not What You Think to battling his demons whilst hosting his radio show in the Sunday Times bestseller Memoirs of a Fruitcake.It's Not What You Think tells the story of how one council estate lad made good, really very good, and survived - just about - to tell the tale. In this witty and energetically written autobiography, Chris describes the experiences that shaped the boy and created the man who would go on to carve out such a dazzlingly brilliant career. From a paperboy born in a dreary council estate to becoming a massive media mogul , It's Not What You Think gives readers the real story beyond the glare of the media spotlight.It looked like Chris had made it after the events in It's Not What You Think. But things were about to take a very dark turn, as Memoirs of a Fruitcake describes. Soon Chris's childhood dreams of a job in radio lay in tatters, and as an endless drink-fuelled lifestyle began to take its toll, he plunged into a downward spiral so deep that escape seemed almost impossible.And then his salvation appeared, in the form of a young singer called Billie Piper. Named the Sunday Times Celebrity Book of the Year 2010, Memoirs of a Fruitcake is told with the same wit, verve and startling honesty that surprised and delighted readers of It's Not What You Think.

Bloody Jungle The War in Vietnam

Bloody Jungle The War in Vietnam

Author: Chris Evans Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/11/2013

Ashes of a Black Frost Book Three of The Iron Elves

Ashes of a Black Frost Book Three of The Iron Elves

Author: Chris Evans Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2012

The Calahrian Empire is collapsing. All across the realm native populations are rising up to throw off the shackles of colonial rule. Two key factors drive this -- the return of the Stars of Power and Knowledge and the spread of the Shadow Monarch's forest. The result is that the Calahrian Imperial Army is stretched thin trying to maintain order at the critical moment when it is needed to fend off the advances of the elf-witch. For the Iron Elves regiment, their loyalty is tested to the breaking point. The Prince is devastated by the destruction of the Lost Library and the realization that the Empire he is to inherit is crumbling. Major Konowa Swift Dragon is determined to lead the living survivors of the regiment while Private Alwyn Renwar -- an emissary with his own agenda -- commands the dead. Together, their only hope is to break the oath that binds them, but doing so means making the perilous journey to the Shadow Monarch's mountain in a final confrontation that may be the ultimate trap. There is only one way to find out...

Memoirs of a Fruitcake Billie, Breakfast and Beyond

Memoirs of a Fruitcake Billie, Breakfast and Beyond

Author: Chris Evans Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/07/2011

Sunday Times Celebrity Book of the Year 2010 In It's Not What You Think Chris Evans had seemingly found the recipe for success. He was rich, famous, and now the owner of his own radio station and media company. What could possibly go wrong? As it turned out, the answer was everything!well almost. When we left our loveable ginger hero at the end of It's Not What You Think, it looked like Chris had made it. But things were about to take a very dark turn. Soon Chris's childhood dreams of a job in radio lay in tatters, and as an endless drink-fuelled lifestyle began to take its toll, he plunged into a downward spiral so deep that escape seemed almost impossible. And then his salvation appeared, in the form of a young singer called Billie Piper.

Slave Wales The Welsh and Atlantic Slavery, 1660-1850

Slave Wales The Welsh and Atlantic Slavery, 1660-1850

Author: Chris Evans Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/09/2010

Atlantic slavery does not loom large in the traditional telling of Welsh history. Yet Wales, like many regions of Europe, was deeply affected by the forced migration of captive Africans. This book looks at Slave Wales between 1660 and 1850. It casts light on episodes such as Welsh involvement with slave-based copper mining in 19th-century Cuba.

The Light of Burning Shadows Book Two of The Iron Elves

The Light of Burning Shadows Book Two of The Iron Elves

Author: Chris Evans Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/08/2010

Konowa Swift Dragon was once commander of the Iron Elves, the legendary Elven regiment of the human army of the Calahrian Empire. Now recalled from exile and disgrace, he is second-in-command of the reconstituted regiment -- a motley band of misfits who are elves in name alone. Konowa's destiny is to stand against the looming threat of the Shadow Monarch, whose destructive ambitions have called down an alien power from the stars and riven the land with all manner of ancient evils. The same Shadow Monarch whose tainted mark he bears... His quest leads Konowa deep into the desert wastes: the burning lands to which the original Iron Elves were banished. There he and his current companions must face trials beyond their imagining, to learn how to defeat the Shadow Monarch for all time.

It's Not What You Think

It's Not What You Think

Author: Chris Evans Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2009

The story of how one council estate lad made good, really very good, and survived - just about - to tell the tale... Chris Evans's extraordinary career has seen him become one of the country's most successful broadcasters and producers. From The Big Breakfast to Don't Forget Your Toothbrush and TFI Friday, Chris changed the TV landscape during the `90s; and on Manchester's Piccadilly Radio, BBC Radio 1's Breakfast show and as owner of Virgin Radio he ushered in the age of the celebrity DJ. But this is only part of the Chris Evans story. In this witty and energetically written autobiography, Chris describes the experiences that shaped the boy and created the man who would go on to carve out such a dazzlingly brilliant career. Born on a dreary council estate in Warrington and determined to escape, Chris started out as the best newspaper boy on the block, armed with no more than a little silver Binatone radio that he would take to the newsagents each day and through which he would develop a life-long and passionate love affair with the music and voices that emerged. From paperboy to media mogul, It's Not What You Think isn't what you think - it's the real story beyond the glare of the media spotlight from one of this country's brightest and boldest personalities.

A Darkness Forged in Fire Book One of The Iron Elves

A Darkness Forged in Fire Book One of The Iron Elves

Author: Chris Evans Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/07/2009

Rejected by their own kind for bearing the mark of the Shadow Monarch, the Iron Elves chose instead to serve with the human armies of the Calahrian Empire, hoping through their dedication and discipline to wipe out the stain of their birth. Their reputation is legendary -- until their commander, Konowa Swift Dragon, takes it upon himself -- for the best of reasons -- to assassinate the Viceroy. Court-martialled and exiled to the forest he despises, his beloved regiment disgraced, dishonoured and disbanded, Konowa finds himself suddenly recalled and ordered to re-form the Iron Elves for one last reconnaissance mission. But the new Iron Elves are not at all the same as they were before, and the mission is a suicidal one, with more at stake than Konowa could possibly have imagined. For the Shadow Monarch and her allies have harnessed destructive forces with the power to tear worlds apart -- and those who bear her mark have a destiny greater than they know. So begins an heroic journey in the company of a motley band of misfits, rebels and outcasts, with a central character whose engaging, brilliantly realised blend of cynicism, dry humour, duty and anguish make him unlike any other in fantasy fiction.

Debating the Revolution Britain in the 1790s

Debating the Revolution Britain in the 1790s

Author: Chris Evans Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/09/2006

The 1790s was a fateful period for Britain. The French Revolution of 1789 opened an era of seismic political upheaval, one in which many features of the modern world made their first significant appearance. Democracy, mass nationalism, wholesale military mobilisation, and anti-colonial revolt all made their most telling debuts in the revolutionary era. This was not a struggle from which the British could stand aloof. Nor did they. Britons were right at the forefront of the debate over the Revolution. Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France defended the established order while Tom Paine's Rights of Man attacked hereditary privilege and preached democracy. This was no rarefied intellectual debate, it resounded through clubs, taverns, theatres, chapels and assembly rooms. As it did so, Britons were forced to question many constitutional assumptions. Was the possession of an empire compatible with domestic liberty? Did the House of Commons reflect popular opinion or the prejudices of aristocratic patrons? Could they enjoy genuine constitutional liberty if their constitution denied political rights to Roman Catholics and Protestant Dissenters? Chris Evans's study, based on the latest historiography, brilliantly demonstrates how these latent intellectual and political anxieties were sharpened by the French Revolution. Loyalist mobilisation, radical agitation, draconian repression, and military confrontation are combined to re-shape British society and the British state.

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