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‘An affectionate and revealing account … Funny, sad, real, rueful.’ The Times
‘Warm, rambling and self-aware’ Guardian
The long-awaited, rambling, tender, and very funny memoir from Adam Buxton
1. walk for pleasure in the countryside.
‘Dr Buckles and Rosie the dog love rambling in the countryside.’
2. talk or write at length in a confused or inconsequential way.
‘Adam rambles on about lots of consequential, compelling and personal matters in his tender, insightful, hilarious and totally unconfused memoir, Ramble Book.’
Ramble Book is about parenthood, boarding school trauma, arguing with your partner, bad parties, confrontations on trains, friendship, wanting to fit in, growing up in the 80s, dead dads, teenage sexual anxiety, failed artistic endeavours, being a David Bowie fan; and how everything you read, watch and listen to as a child forms a part of the adult you become.
It’s also a book about the joys of going off topic and letting your mind wander.
And it’s about a short, hairy, frequently confused man called Adam Buxton.
‘I recommend Ramble Book… There are wonderful, melancholy passages about his father, and Bowie, and 80s nostalgia, perfect for those of us who get teary-eyed remembering the first time we heard Dexys Midnight Runners or whatever.’ Jon Ronson
‘Give yourself some love with Adam Buxton’s funny and moving Ramble Book.’ Stylist
‘Had me guffawing and bawling simultaneously.’ Daily Telegraph
‘Like listening to your most goofily funny friend on his finest form.’ Daily Mirror
‘A work that feels spontaneous and fresh… The triumph of the book is Buxton’s account of his relationship with his father. The ways in which Adam’s expectations of an emotional reconciliation fail to match reality make for some beautifully tragi-comic scenes.’ Daily Express
‘An extremely funny and insightful coming-of-age story.’ Mail on Sunday
‘Eminently relatable and effortlessly readable with a penchant for sly jokes just when you don’t expect them.’ Chortle
About the author
Adam Buxton is a British comedian, podcaster, actor and director who has appeared in films such as Hot Fuzz, Stardust and Son Of Rambow as well as a variety of TV shows in the UK.
He is the host of The Adam Buxton Podcast, in which celebrity interviews are bookended with walks in the Norfolk countryside, where he lives with his wife, three children and dog Rosie.
Since 2007 he has hosted BUG, a regular live show that combines music videos and original comedy. BUG became a TV series on Sky Atlantic in 2012.
Along with lifelong friend and director Joe Cornish, Adam is one half of TV, radio and podcast duo Adam & Joe who have worked together since 1995.
He is writing this himself in the third person and hasn’t mentioned all the awards he’s got and other fascinating stuff he’s done because he doesn’t want to appear conceited, but trust him, he’s amazing.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Adam Buxton is perfectly suited to the world of audiobook. One of Britain’s warmest broadcasters, Buxton’s first memoir feels more like an intimate conversation with a close and trusted friend. In other unshocking news, his collection of musings (taking in everything from his boarding school days, rowing with your partner to his deep love for David Bowie) are often gently hilarious, but they’re also tender and emotionally wide open. We also adored Buxton’s strict accordance to his book’s title: you’re often quite literally taken out on a walk to enjoy some of his very welcome wisdom. A true gem.
Took off a star because in the podcast at the end Joe mentioned there wasn’t much about the Adam and Joe Show days and beyond, and while they discussed that I realised it was probably the era and stories I wanted to hear about the most.
Otherwise as great as you’d expect from Buckles. It’s very Nigel Buxton/musical tastes-centric, but I feel it all pays off wonderfully by the end.
Best selling show
I’m the same age as Adam so his teenage reminiscences gave me both a warm glow and an embarrassed cringe in equal measure. He’s a great self aware narrator and if you like the podcast you’ll love this, and if you don’t like either we probably wouldn’t get along anyway.
Love you, bye! X