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Summary

Jason Manford is firmly established as one of the country's favourite stand-ups and is up there with the best northern comedy legends. His career began one night in a pub in Chorlton when a comedian didn't arrive for his set and Jason, the 17-year-old glass collector stepped in to fill the gap. From that point on he's never looked back, until now that is....

This is the story in his own words of everything that lead up to that fateful moment – a colourful tale of growing up with lots of family and not enough money, of getting by and sticking together. It is a story of his shameless extended clan of wayward uncles and singing nans and a gobby little knobhead at the heart of it all called Jason. Featuring rock-hard great granddads, doting grandparents, pub-crooning nanas, football-mad dads, pet-obsessed mums, more dodgy uncles than you can shake a stick at, failed exams, dead-end jobs, paper rounds, prostitutes, shocked priests, manslaughter, winning goals, sudden losses, replica shirts, chip-fat incidents, scary pubs, pet meat, fighting Gandhis, cancelled Christmases, Sir Oswald Mosley, flooded tents, call centres, circumcision, puppy love, friends for life, difficult girlfriends, gigs from hell, heart break and, finally, true love....

With his laugh-out-loud tales of coming of age, Jason shows he's a generous storyteller and as natural an observer as he is on stage.

©2011 Jason Manford (P)2011 Random House Audiobooks

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Interesting but now outdated

Well written and narrated, although lacking some of the subtlety of his actual standup, but the biggest downside is reading it 7 years on from its authoring - the guy is now divorced and remarried, so a lot of the family sentiment feels a bit hollow. Can’t really blame the book, he’s not a psychic, but worth noting all the same.

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Fantastic Listen

Well worth it, wasn't a massive fan before but am now. He shows a true skill in book writing, will be recommending it to all.

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A book from a comic that isn’t vaguely funny

If like me you were hoping for some side-splitting moments interspersed with the odd biographical detail then you’ll be sorely disappointed. Clearly ghost-written ( who can remember the minute details from when you are between 5 and 20 years old?) it’s not even that well written. The book vaguely springs to life from chapter 14 when Jason manages to find his way into comedy as a teenager . But from then it takes a backward step reminiscing about the many teenage girls he fell in love with . Who cares? You’re not Ghandhi Jason. The majority of people who read your book aren’t interested in someone’s second - hand account of a pretty standard childhood. The key years that are left out from ages 20 to 30 should be where the book starts. I’d wait till the end of his career ( which might not be long judging from this) before I buy Jason’s “autobiography “ if I were you. What a disappointment.

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good rrad

Great stories and had me chuckling on the train to sjd from work. a good pick me up book. worth listening to.

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Do the next chapter Jason!

he comes across as a lovely guy. Like the family a lot! It really is mainly about his up bringing and actually I resisted buying for a while as it is quite old! (2010) I think! so it ends rather abruptly and I want to hear the next bit. I want to hear about his rise in comedy and his adult life- not that this wasnt of interest but im sure the next one will be fascinating!
Having read Michael Mcintyres and John Bishops there will be some common names Im sure! so come on get your ar*e in gear Jase!

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Enjoyable Listen!

Would you consider the audio edition of Brung Up Proper to be better than the print version?

Yes because Jason Manford brings the story to life.

What other book might you compare Brung Up Proper to, and why?

This is the first audible book i've listened to.

What about Jason Manford’s performance did you like?

Very good and engaging throughout.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The touching part about his relationship with his first serious girlfriend was moving.

Any additional comments?

As a first book (and training for a marathon) this book kept me entertained and interested. It felt like i had a running partner telling me his life story.....a good listen!

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download now

This book is brilliantly funny. Download now. Always like to know about someones life in more detail.



Gives you more insite into how he came to bw famous and the help he gained from peter kay.



What a nice bloke. Worth my download credit

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Bit boring really

As others have stated Jason has moved on significantly since this book was published and the sentimentality does not ring true. Jason seems to have won his way to the top too easily and then gave up for reasons that so many others have been able to battle through. It finishes too soon and needs to give more detail of the follow up. If he's waiting for a MIchael Macintyre follow up then I wont be bothering.

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nothing interesting to this book, and it's not funny either. wouldn't recommend buying it.

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absolutely LOVED it from start to finish

loved loved loved everything about it could not get enough listened within 2 days