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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.

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David Jason: My Life
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Del boy!
June 6th, 2015
I felt like David Jason was sitting talking to me. I've enjoyed his TV work and this showed his journey. Fascinating,
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David Jason My Life
May 9th, 2015
Brilliant, very entertaining very funny and sad in places! A book for any autobiography lover! What a life David Jason has had!
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David jason my life
March 20th, 2015
This book was so well wrtten it felt like you knew david personally. He seems like a genuine loving caring man. Would recommend it.
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Awesome
March 9th, 2015
This is a truly lovely book, written with great care and thought. Shows a totally different side of David Jason from the on we all know from the TV.
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A great read!!!
February 24th, 2015
Many times, books like these rely too much on ghost writers and lose their way. Others are evidently just a massive ego boost for the subject, and again lose their way. This book, however, does not have to worry about that. It reads as if David Jason is actually in the room with you, sharing a drink and recounting stories of his extraordinary life, both inside and outside of showbusiness. It is truly amazing just how many of his characters are household favourites. His relaxed style make this book a must read. If you are looking for an autobiography that is genuinely interesting, this is the book to go for. Thank you, Sir David, for such an entertaining read.
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David Jason: My Life
October 15th, 2014
And what a life! Sir David Jason reflects on his life and career with such humor and love of his profession and the people in it! Great read!
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David jason my life
February 19th, 2014
I enjoyed reading this book, it was funny and sad but a good read. Both me and sharon yave read it and enjoyed it
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David Jason. My Life
February 7th, 2014
Brilliant, bought for Trevor read it myself first! What a nice man, well written informative and funny, sad, lovely! Sorry I've finished it I enjoyed it so much.
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David Jason - My Life
January 30th, 2014
Loved reading this book. He's my favourite actor and this is a fascinating, touching, funny and honest insight into his life. His humility is inspiring and his success is well-deserved. You should read this book!
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January 23rd, 2014
Really interesting and moving autobiography about a very unassuming man. Written with feeling for all the people he worked with. Would highly recommend, really enjoyable and funny.
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January 23rd, 2014
Very good book would read it again.
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January 23rd, 2014
Started reading this book and couldn't stop. Really powerful story. Heartfelt and moving . Would deeply recommend
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January 23rd, 2014
As one of Britains best actors who has played the fantastic comical role in ' Only fools and Horses' to the more serious role in 'a touch of frost' his autobiography had a lot to live up to.... It did not disappoint! I loved the writing style and flow of the book. As I hoped there were comic moments as well as shared Poignant moments. In my opinion the book cements him even more in to the role as one of our national treasures!
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January 22nd, 2014
We'll written, very entertaining. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of David Jason. One of the best books I have read for a while.
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January 22nd, 2014
A great read. I enjoy watching David Jason on the telly and it was very interesting reading hoe he came to be an actor. Contains some great stories containing many famous people.
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January 22nd, 2014
I remember watching David in some classic English television shows when I was younger and his autobiography does not disappoint. His life and times are well worth the read, from the pen of a comedic legend.
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January 22nd, 2014
a fabulous insight into the start of a fantastic and hilarious career, I dont normally read autobiography but thoroughly enjoyed this one
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January 22nd, 2014
This was such an enjoyable read as if David Jason had invited you round for a cup of tea and had all the time in the world to reminisce about his life. It is obvious from the way he writes that he cares deeply about his profession and the people in his life and from his past. Highly recommended whether you're a fan or not.
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January 22nd, 2014
As someone who doesn't usually like to feed the ego of so-called celebrities by reading their autobiographies, this is one of the very few, genuine, stars i am making an exception for. Amusing (actually laugh out loud in a few places), heart-warming and incredibly touching, this tells of Mr Jason's love for his family in humble beginnings and his not-so-easy path to being the TV master that we have loved for decades. Don't expect controversy. It's not his style. There are some private moments shared though and these are treasured coming from a private man. I grudgingly admit to shedding tears towards the end as he tells of personal tragedy and his love for his mentor, one Mr R Barker esq. All in all a bit like Only Fools...laughter, drama and a little sadness. Amust for fans
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January 22nd, 2014
A great read, funny and sad. The biography of one of Britain's greatest and much loved comedians and actor.
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