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Camp David by David Walliams

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List Price: £20.00


Hardcover: 368 Pages.

Published: 11 October 2012 by Michael Joseph

Edition: First Edition

ISBN: 071815861X

EAN: 9780718158613

David Walliams is a comedian, actor and writer, best known for his partnership with Matt Lucas on the hugely successfully BBC sketch comedy Little Britain. He is an active fundraiser, memorably swimming both the English Channel and the Thames, as well as broadcasting continuously for 24 hours. His love life has been the focus of much media attention, and in 2011 he tied the knot with Dutch model Lara Stone.


2.0 Stars2.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Quite an Uninteresting Life of a Not Very Nice Person

When reading fiction, one of the most important things for the reader is to engage with the characters. The main character in this book is, of course, David Walliams and, unfortunately, I found it difficult to engage with him. In fact, the most engagement I had was that I disliked the guy!

This is the story of David Walliams through his childhood, student years & his struggles to be successful up until the airing of the first series of Little Britain. The most significant thing about his childhood was it's "averageness". We got told the stories of his school years, the school plays, his drama course in Bristol & to be honest none of it was that interesting.

David's early years in showbusiness were slightly more interesting but the key factor which shone out for me was that this is not a particularly nice guy. His behaviour is, at times, outlandish often at the expense of his friends. He appears to have little loyalty to old friends & behaves exactly as he wants. One of the events which stuck in my mind was how he & Matt Lucas were invited by an old friend onto his chat show when they were little known & struggling. How did they repay this? They totally destroyed the show with appalling behaviour not even worthy of a toddler. In fact, a lot of David's behaviour is very ego centric & childish & I have no doubt that I would dislike him immensley if I were to meet him in real life. I also disliked the way that very few people in this book were portrayed in a positive light. It was as if David felt it necessary to mention every snub & bad experience he had. His description of Matt Lucas as a person makes me wonder why he continues to remain friends with him!

There were glimpses of more interesting parts of David's life. His struggle with depression is obviously very real and, at times, quite debilitating. However the overall impression I am left with from reading this book is that David Walliams has led quite a boring life which he has attempt to liven up with the most childish, and often quite nasty, behaviour & I am quite pleased that I am never likely to meet him!

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