Mack the Life: The Autobiography by Lee Mack

This year I am trying to read more non-fiction and after picking this book up in hardback for just £1, I couldn’t wait to get into it. I have only read three memoirs/autobiographies before this, Stephen Fry’s The Fry Chronicles, Jon Richardson’s It’s Not Me, It’s You and Michael McIntyre’s Life and Laughing, and I really enjoy reading about comedians and where they started, what influences their comedy.

To be honest, I haven’t seen much of Lee Mack’s stand-up for some reason. I’ve seen him on Would I Lie To You?, which I love, and in Not Going Out, which is his sitcom, but I didn’t really know what to expect going into this book.

The book follows Lee’s journey to where he is now in the world of comedy and his trials in getting to that level of comedian. This book is full of witty one-liners that, although they sometimes took over a little from the “plot” of the book, really made this a light-hearted, but still informative book about his life and experiences.

The psychiatrist scripts at the end of each chapter were witty and very human, I could relate to many of the things being said. Obviously these aren’t serious passages but I think that they broke the bulk of the text up nicely and gave a break from the first person narration.

I started reading this back at the beginning of March and have taken until now to finish it but don’t take this as a reflection on the book at all. I had a lot of other things that I needed to read and readathons that I was taking part in, and I find non-fiction a little slower to read on the whole so I took a lot of breaks whilst reading this. However, I have to say that once I picked this up to finish the second half of it, I sped through it and thoroughly enjoyed learning about all of the people Lee met through the years, his influences and his mistakes. It is nice to read about successful people in such a real situation and I found the book both hilarious and inspiring.

Overall I think that this is a brilliant autobiography for anyone interested in comedy, and I feel that, especially if you are British, you will find this book entertaining and funny, as I did.


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