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Publisher Description

This is the straight-talking, fascinating story of Viz magazine, founded in 1979 by Chris Donald – editor until 1999. Chris tells the remarkable story of the magazine, from the tatty rag produced in his Newcastle bedroom to becoming one of the bestselling magazines in the UK.

Chris was the creator of many of the characters and was responsible for all the magazine’s written content. Characters from the magazine, such as Sid the Sexist and the Fat Slags, are now household names.

This is an engaging tale told in Chris’s unique, wry way. Chris takes us from his train-spotting childhood in the ’70s through to setting up the magazine with family and friends, and struggling to sell even a few copies of Viz in the local pub. The comic’s success swiftly grew, however, and remarkable events ensued, such as how Chris was invited to tea by Prince Charles, taken in for questioning by New Scotland Yard's Anti-Terrorist Branch and caught his wife up to no good with Keith Richards in Peter Cook's attic.

Chris includes many original drawings in this integrated book as well as some fascinating images of early Viz creations.


‘Donald is lucid and engaging, and he’s affably disrespectful to the celebrities he meets when his life turns (relatively) showbiz.’ Q Magazine

‘Chris fires out jokes and anecdotes with the rapid-fire intensity and lewdness of Sid the Sexist downing seven like Newkie Broons.’ Front Magazine

'…a very good read. It is briskly executed in the Viz house style: a rude and brutally accurate tabloidese.' New Statesman

About the author

Chris Donald was the creator of Viz magazine and drew its first characters. He was responsible for all the magazine’s written content for over 20 years.

January 30
HarperCollins Entertainment

Customer Reviews

Stevencrane ,

A must read for Viz fans

This is a refreshing, honest & engaging chronicle of the birth & development of Viz magazine. Anybody who enjoyed the publication in its heyday will for sure love this book too. I certainly did!