Hello, I'm Johnny Debonair and this is my book - "Murder Most Fab".
Buy it. You won't regret it. Everything that has happened so publicly is explained.
Of course, I'd prefer it if you remember me as I was at my height, before the past caught up with me so spectacularly - TV's Mr Friday Night with an enviable lifestyle and the nation at my feet.
My fame might have looked easy to you at the time, but getting to the top of the celebrity ladder is hard work.
It took talent, beauty, commitment and, uniquely in my case, a number of unfortunate deaths.
If we were being picky you might describe me as a serial killer, but I really don't see myself that way.
It sounds trite to say 'one thing led to another' but it's true.As you'll discover I owe something of my rise and my fall to three individuals: my mother, an eccentric country girl who taught me exhibitionism by hanging naked from the clocktower of Hythe town hall; Catherine, my best friend, then partner in business - a devil in red heels, who, in her clear Essex accent, taught me how to 'look after number one'; and, Timothy, who broke my heart and caused me to seek refuge in sex, money and celebrity. But in the end you have to take responsibility for your own actions.
No one was forcing me, were they? I hope you, the public, can forgive me and enjoy this sordid tale for what it is - my final entertainment for you.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: Ebury Publishing
- Publication Date: 03/07/2008
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780091914486
- EPUB from £2.99
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Review by SmithSJ01
Very very very very funny! I didn't know what to expect when I bought this book and I certainly didn't get what I thought. However it had to be the funniest book I've read for a while. If this is going to be the standard Julian Clary sets then this is a very talented writer. From the very first sentence you have an idea this is going to be an unusual book! I genuinely didn't want to put it down. I had to read it over 3 nights and wanted to have read it in one go, it was that enjoyable. The character of Johnny Debonair is fabulous, the problem was though, was that I kept picturing Julian Clary himself. Maybe this wasn't a bad thing as he seemed to describe the character very much like himself. A laugh a minute but with a sad tale underlying about loneliness and how we exclude ourselves from those around us because we chase what we think are our dreams. Fabulous narrative with well formed characters. You really will be able to visualise all of the characters, even the ones you might not like. Without any experience of a world like this I just let myself settle in the for the ride. Do the same and you shouldn't be disappointed. I look forward to more fiction from Julian Clary.
Review by beetrootrabbit
Really light read, great fun. Perfect for the beach this summer.
Review by mazda502001
This was a very funny novel and I couldn't put it down - just loved it. Very camp and filthy humour but a real page-turner. If you like Clary on stage you will love his book.Back Cover Blurb:Hello, I'm Johnny Debonair and thank you for buying my book. You won't regret it. Everything that has happened so publicly is explained. Of course, I'd prefer it if you remember me as I was at my height, before the past caught up with me so spectacularly - TV's Mr Friday Night with an enviable lifestyle and the nation at my feet. My fame might have looked easy to you at the time, but getting to the top of the celebrity ladder is hard work. It took talent, beauty, commitment and, uniquely in my case, a number of unfortunate deaths.
Review by allyballybean
Very readable and enjoyable. Got hooked quite late on - seemed a bit long for the level of writing and plot. Some of the characters seemed interchangeably 2D.