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Can I Have My Ball Back?

By: Richard Herring
Narrated by: Richard Herring
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Summary

This exclusive recording includes 4 audio extras that are unique to the audiobook, including interviews with Richard's wife Catie and oncologist Dr Sharma.

If we are cowardly, we are told to grow some

If we're brave, we're said to have huge ones

If it's cold, they are liable to fall off - even if you're a brass monkey

If we're in trouble, someone will threaten to break them

If we have to work hard, we might very well bust them

If we're in somebody's thrall, then they've got us by them

About fifteen years ago, Richard Herring first took part in a campaign to encourage men to have a little (non-sexual) feel of their balls every now and again. But it was embarrassing and weird, and if there was something wrong, he didn't want to know about it.

Anyway, that kind of stuff only happens to other people, doesn't it?

At the start of 2021 Richard Herring was diagnosed with testicular cancer. For a man whose output includes a stand-up tour titled Talking Cock and who regularly interrogates our attitudes towards masculinity, it was a diagnosis that came with additional layers of complexity.

Telling Rich's personal story alongside an exploration of what defines masculinity and 'maleness' in society, Can I Have My Ball Back? is not your typical cancer memoir. Whether they're nuts, bollocks, gonads or family jewels; from the phrase 'grow some balls' to infamous WWII songs about Hitler; Rich unpicks the tangle of emotions around his own testing times.

©2022 Richard Herring (P)2022 Hachette Audio UK

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Brilliant

This is an excellently funny and endearing read, recommend it whole heartedly; Herring is a wonderful narrator and brings the story to life.

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Funny and moving

Great read/listen. Well read but also moving in places. Richard performs it very well.

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A Right Ball Up

a very finny and interesting memoir that actually gave me the push I needed to seek medical advice for a potential love spud problem, so thanks for that, Dicky.

despite the serious subject this is very funny and Richard reads it in his usual bumbling way that makes it much more fun than the physical book.


get it, and always check your junk jugglers

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Wonderful to pay for some of your content!

Have been a fan of Richard’s for years, tv programmes, the stand up and of course the podcasts. Having digested so much of that in the past for free, I took great pleasure in paying audible for this content. It was really interesting, genuinely good info and told in Richards usual funny way! Get this book… I did and don’t regret it!

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Don’t neglect the balls

Surprisingly moving but also funny biographical story from Herring. Really enjoyed the little clips from the much missed Barry Cryer. Mrs Herring must be a saint though!

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Well handled!

a very lighthearted look at a series subject. A good read but also brings testicular cancer and its treatment to people's attention.

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Movember Spawned a Monster

A brilliant read, funny and moving. Ball history and fact filled too!
Not only that but this book might literally save your, or your loved ones, life (check those balls people). Ball bustlingly good.

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Richard Herring does what only he could do

Richard's take on going through testicular cancer, told only the way he could.
Sad and poignant in all the right places, but also packed full of his humour. His wife, Caite, surely has a lot to put up with.

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This the dogs dangly bits ;)

Richard’s narration and honest insight through his life affirming cancer is a strange delight to listen to. Not one to be morose his writing is a colourful and entertaining history lesson, biology and everything else all in one. I love how he has taken full advantage of a rubbish situation. A must listen. There is also great interviews at the end with his oncologist, wife and cancerous ball bag.

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What a hero!

Sharing such intimate details, and in such an honest and funny way, will save lives. Loads of details for the rhlstp purists as well as anyone interested in a human going through some stuff with a sense of humour.

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great listen, important topic

an important topic, check yourself regularly guys. funny and heartwarming. always great to have the author read to you.