Memoirs of a Fruitcake by Chris Evans

This book takes over where ‘In Its Not What You Think’ left off. The story told of how one council estate lad made good and survived. In his first book, Chris Evans spoke about his extraordinary career which saw him become one of the country’s most successful broadcasters and producers. From his stints on TV such as The Big Breakfast to Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush and TFI Friday, to his forays into radio, including Manchester’s Piccadilly Radio, BBC Radio 1’s Breakfast show and as owner of Virgin Radio he ushered in the age of the celebrity DJ. So what could possibly go wrong? Well, as it turned out, the answer was everything. And this is where the story picks up. When we left our loveable ginger rogue at the end of It’s Not What You Think, Chris Evans had just used his hard earned cash to buy Virgin Radio. But things started to go wrong from that point onwards.

After a series of turning up late and requesting peak time off he was fired by the station he once owned and a bitter court case ensued. Turning to drink in which the media seized every opportunity to publish pictures of him and fellow radio mates out boozing, Chris sank to an all time low. Then came a young singer called Billie Piper. Finding romance with a girl barely out of her teens, Billie helped Chris to rebuild his life and career. The rest is history. In his own words, Chris describes the journey that lead to happiness today as:

“It’s better to enjoy happiness and a clear conscience by doing the right things by people along the way. The keys to the kingdom of contentment and a good night’s sleep are only a few decent decisions away. Talent is not an excuse to use and abuse or take short cuts. Little did I know that in the ensuing years, I would enter the list of the top 500 richest people in Britain whilst simultaneously becoming a lout, a drunk, dangerously unstable, generally out of control, almost completely friendless, full of hubris, and the unhappiest I’d ever been. These darkest of days would also see me plumb the depths of self-destruction, usually the more publicly the better and not care who witnessed me doing it. Why I didn’t take this journey to its mortal conclusion and how the hell I got my life back on track I am as keen to discover as you – so let’s go. Buckle up my friends – this one really is a bumpy ride.”

A charming, honest and self deprecating insight into the trials and depths that this radio host prevailed through. We are glad he came out the other side. Buy from www.waterstones.com and save £3.20 on the list price of £7.99.

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