Memoirs of a Fruitcake

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Publisher Description

In Its Not What You Think Chris Evans had written himself a recipe for success. He was poised on the brink of seeing it become a reality. All the right ingredients were there: he was rich, famous; now he was 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.

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.

Told with the same wit, verve and startling honesty that surprised and delighted readers of It’s Not What You Think, this is the final part – for now – of Chris Evans’s journey of self discovery.


Praise for It’s Not What You Think:

‘An eye-opening read’, OK Magazine

‘It is as an autobiographer that Chris Evans finally seems to have grown up’, The Observer

‘Full to the brim with fantastic anecdotes’, Heat

‘A critic confounding mea culpa of a memoir’, The Guardian

‘The guy can spin a yarn as long as the M1 and as colourful as his hair’, Now Magazine

About the author

Chris Evans began his broadcasting careeer at Manchester Piccadilly radio, going on to become a household name in TV and radio. With his production company Ginger, he launched and presented the hugely successful Channel 4 shows The Big Breakfast, Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush and TFI Friday. In 1995 Chris joined Radio 1 hosting the flagship breakfast show, attracting 7.5m listeners. After his controversial departure he then joined Virgin Radio’s breakfast show, eventually acquiring the station from Richard Branson for £87m. He went on to sell the Ginger Media Group (including Virgin Radio) in 2000 for £225m. In 2005 Chris joined Radio 2, declaring it his spiritual home, his show picking up four prestigious Sony Awards in as many years. He is now presenter of The Breakfast Show.

14 October

Customer Reviews

SiLivingstone ,

Really surprised!

I was an Evans fan back in the Big Breakfast days and then it tailed off when he started drinking..... I thought he'd become another self obsessed media hyped twerp, in his own words he did and this book explains it all, it made me laugh a lot, even on a bus one morning on the way to work, and his honesty is to be greatly respected as this is an ability that few celebs have.

I will now listen to Chris on Radio 2 with a new interest and a profound amount of respect for him.

Charlieh10 ,

Memoirs of a fruitcake

I have always enjoyed listening to Chris on the radio.
His talent in the studio are equalled by his talent as a writer. Memoirs of a fruitcake is a great book which grabbed my interest within the first few pages. This book is open and honestly written with great humour and feeling.
Read and enjoy!!!!

johnfairhurst ,

Not very good

There is a lot of self justification in this book which is only partly masked be the rather unconvincing "humble" style. As a fan of Chris Evans and someone who enjoyed his first book I was left feeling less of a fan by the end. A light and non-challenging read, I won't be buying part three (if there is one). Shame.

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