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Him & Me by Jack Whitehall, Michael Whitehall

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Not many parents get to comment, or even less – participate in any autobiography an offspring happens to write. This is one of those books where said parent (Michael) has right of reply to son (Jack) and vice versa. Each is convinced their version of events is true, that it is they who were cool, calm and reasoning and not the grumpy malcontent. As reader it is up to you to pick your way between the two camps and enjoy this affectionate and unusual essay in autobiography.

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Him & Me by Jack Whitehall, Michael Whitehall

Him & Me is a hugely entertaining and irreverent account of a unique relationship between a father and son. Written in two distinctive styles, it reflects the larger-than-life personalities of its authors, Jack and Michael Whitehall. 'This book is a portrait of the pretty odd relationship I have with my elderly father. It's given me an opportunity to share memories of him losing his temper with foreigners on holidays, being rude to my mother's family at Christmas and failing epically during the fathers' race at my prep school. He's also written some stories about me, but can I just say, before you read anything, that I recall being a calm, well-behaved and learned child, not the intellectually subnormal, mal-coordinated dipshit that he paints me as. Nor am I, as he suggests inside, a sex addict, a flasher or a Scientologist.' Jack 'How dare Jack refer to me as elderly! People always tell me how young I look for my age. In this book, I have at last been able to recount the many occasions when I have been let down by my only son. He failed on the stage, the sports field and he even screwed up the interview for his first boarding school by pretending he had mental health issues. Despite being practically illiterate, he tells stories about me, strewn with grammatical errors and peppered with endless exaggerations and lies. I was a kind, doting father, who guided his son through his formative years with love, care and respect.' Michael 'I'm not your only son, what about Barnaby?' 'Oh yes, I forgot about Barnaby.' Packed with anecdotes, some embarrassing and indiscreet, many warm and touching, Him & Me is lavishly illustrated with family photographs and Jack's original illustrations. Friends, relatives, neighbours, teachers, actors, none are safe once Jack and Michael have opened up the Whitehall archives and shared their hilarious memories with us.


Disgracefully funny and rather touching - R4 Midweek

About the Author

Jack Peter Benedict Whitehall is a British comedian, television presenter and actor. He was a former host of the E4 show Big Brother's Big Mouth in 2008, Celebrity Big Brother's Big Mouth in January 2009 and the Channel 4 topical entertainment show the TNT Show. He currently stars as JP in the TV series Fresh Meat, and as Alfie Wickers in the TV series Bad Education. As of 2012, he is a regular panellist on the game show A League of Their Own.

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5th June 2014


Jack Whitehall, Michael Whitehall

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Penguin Books Ltd


384 pages


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