The lesson being: It’s not where you come from, it’s where you want to go.A Del of a Life, David Jason
In all honesty, it’s impossible for me to review anything by David Jason impartially. I grew up watching Frost and Only Fools and Horses. He’s one of my favourite humans. I would read a book about his favourite uses for the word LOL, if he should ever stoop that low (which I’m sure he wouldn’t). How do you find fault with a legend? I don’t think I’d dare, even to myself.
I read his first autobiography with great joy. David Jason has had a fascinating life and worked with some of the greats in British comedy. He’s been in some of the most iconic British TV. A Del of a Life is a continuation of that story, an add on, but works perfectly well as a standalone. If you’re also a fan, or just like biography, I would highly recommend both books.
A Del of a Life is well written and has a strong voice. As you might expect, it’s also laugh out loud funny. I enjoyed the stories about David Jason’s career and glimpses into his life enormously. It felt like sitting down for a cup of tea with your granddad or favourite uncle, and listening to stories about their life. And, now into his ninth decade, he certainly had some insights worth sharing. Advice was couched in humorous tones, never arrogant, but given in the form of stories from experience; my favourite kind of advice!
I sincerely enjoyed this book. And I hope not just because I’m a fan. It was uplifting, brought the reader on a journey, funny, and smart. Not to mention, a thoroughly interesting read written by a thoroughly interesting man.
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