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Publisher's Summary

The long-awaited autobiography of one of Britain’s best-loved actors.Born the son of a Billingsgate market porter at the height of the Second World War, David Jason spent his early life dodging bombs and bullies, both with impish good timing.
Giving up on an unloved career as an electrician, he turned his attention to acting and soon, through a natural talent for making people laugh, found himself working with the leading lights of British comedy in the 1960s and '70s: Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Bob Monkhouse and Ronnie Barker.
Barker would become a mentor to David, leading to hugely successful stints in Porridge and Open All Hours. It wasn’t until 1981, kitted out with a sheepskin jacket, a flat cap, and a clapped-out Reliant Regal, that David found the part that would capture the nation’s hearts: the beloved Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter in Only Fools and Horses.
Never a one-trick pony, he had an award-winning spell as TV’s favourite detective Jack Frost, took a country jaunt as Pop Larkin in the Darling Buds of May, and even voiced a crime-fighting cartoon rodent in the much-loved children’s show Danger Mouse.
But life hasn't all been so easy: from missing out on a key role in Dad’s Army to nearly drowning in a freak diving accident, David has had his fair share of ups and downs, and has lost some of his nearest and dearest along the way.
David’s is a touching, funny and warm-hearted story, which charts the course of his incredible five decades at the top of the entertainment business. He's been a shopkeeper and a detective inspector, a crime-fighter and a market trader, and he ain't finished yet. As Del Boy would say, it's all cushty. With an introduction narrated by David himself.
©2013 David Jason (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks
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By Patricia on 11-12-15


Such a good book to listen to hear the life story of such a talented man. As well hearing about Ronnie Barker & Nick Lyndhurst & other favourite actors. P. S. The episode of Only Fools & Horses with the inflatable dolls was my favourite

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By hazel on 07-08-14

A truly wonderful listen!

Seldom have I had the good fortune to read (listen) to such an entertaining, amusing and well written autobiography. I became acquainted with Mr. Jason's "Jack Frost" persona through watching his sterling performances on the series "A Touch of Frost" which was shown here in Canada, but otherwise, I knew little about his acting career or life. He writes about himself with great humour and humility and the descriptions of his friends, co-actors and family bring them all to life. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a really good "listen"!

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By Caroline on 10-26-13

Loved this book so much

Would you consider the audio edition of David Jason: My Life to be better than the print version?

For me yes, a very relaxing way of listening

What other book might you compare David Jason: My Life to, and why?

I like autobiographies so for me anyone I like would be a great read, or listen

What about Michael Fenton Stevens’s performance did you like?

It was read very well, it didn't take long to get into it not being David who read the whole story, but it was so nice to have David Jason read the first part of the book.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The life and laughs of Sir David Jason

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this book so much, it was really quite a sad moment when I came to the end of the book, David Jason is a true gem we are all so lucky to have him, all the enjoyment he has brought to so many. Thank you so much

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By C on 10-24-13

Really liked this!

I'm an avid fan of all things David Jason So was delighted when this audiobook came out, initially I was really disappointed that David Jason didn't read the whole book, However Michael Fenton Stevens did a realyl good job at something that must have been difficult to do. Very interesting to hear about all the aspects of the stage and behind the scenes at Only fools. I really recommend it.

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By Denise Mewett on 03-08-16

An interesting character, an interesting life

This is a very charming read worthy of the actor shame the author didn't voice it.

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By Peter on 02-27-15

Very entertaining

Very entertaining from start to finish I didn't want it to end.
From the early days where you get to know David until the end when he is so recognisable.

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