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As far back as he can remember James Corden has only ever wanted to be in one place: in front of you, doing something to make you laugh, cry, shout, or giggle uncontrollably. At the age of 4, he grandstanded throughout his baby sister’s christening, standing on a chair in front of the whole congregation, pulling faces and cracking everyone up. Despite himself, the vicar was impressed. And from then on he couldn’t get enough of the spotlight, even when it always seemed to avoid him. Throughout his teens, he and his Dad trudged up and down towards London, getting closer and closer to landing a gig, only to be told ‘No’ at the last stage. But he never gave up and soon found his whole life turned upside down and inside out by his experience as one Alan Bennett’s History Boys. From that moment forth, he’s never looked back.
May I Have Your Attention Please? is the warm, cheeky, surprisingly honest and hilarious story of one of our most popular comedy talents. From his antics as one of the founding players of his high-school’s first ever rugby team to gaining recognition in the West End, to nationwide fame as the loveably loud Smithy in the award-winning Gavin and Stacey, this is a tenderly told story of what it’s like to try, try and try again and - happily - get there in the end.
©2011 James Corden (P)2011 Random House Audiobooks
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By Rachael Skinner on 06-29-16

Absolutely brilliant

I really only knew James Corden from presenting the Late Late Show, I knew he was funny and thought this book might be interesting... I was wrong it was fantastic!
Not only does James have an incredible reading voice (I believe he could read the telephone directory and make it interesting... If we had them anymore).
He is honest throughout the book and you truly feel as though you have gone on this incredible journey with him.
I'm now watching everything he has ever done and falling more in love with him with each passing moment.
I recommend this book to James's fans... You will adore this...And to people like myself who have only just discovered him... You will become an instant fan!
I didn't want the book to end, thank you James.

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By Carissa Johnson on 07-08-16

Charming, honest, and insightful

What other book might you compare May I Have Your Attention Please? to and why?

I know what books I would not compare it to. I was expecting a book in the vein of the humorous memoirs/autobiographies of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, etc. However, this book was much more serious, thoughtful, and autobiographical, which was refreshing. James Corden provides a complete narrative of this point in his life, messes and all. I only hope that he adds a few chapters or writes another book in light of his increasing fame.

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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By Mazza on 07-09-14

Axe grinding

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I had a lot of time for this actor but his bitter rant about one of his teachers (who was named by the way) made him seem like a petulant child. Superficially written, it seemed to be a cash cow. Real pity as I loved Gavin and Stacey

What did you like best about this story?

When he talks of his time at the National Theatre and working with Mike Leigh

What about James Corden’s performance did you like?

Not much

What character would you cut from May I Have Your Attention Please??

I would edit his sulky description of his education

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By Amazon Customer on 04-08-13

Funny But

A very funny read James Corden tells his story so far in his own humorous way but I found the book a bit of a struggle towards the end and a bit boring

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By jo Casey on 04-17-17

james reads like he is talking to you!

great read! such an interesting story and narrated beautifully with such passion for his loving family.

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By J Lymer on 12-12-16

Can't Get Enough of Corden

If you are like and enjoy all things James Corden , from carpool karaoke to his hilarious acting roles then you will love his story. It is pre-late late night fame and gives you his backstory - a hilarious and humble one at that.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope he writes another one soon.

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