It's Not What You Think, Paperback Book
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The story of how one council estate lad made good, really very good, and survived - just about - to tell the tale...Chris Evans's extraordinary career has seen him become one of the country's most successful broadcasters and producers.

From The Big Breakfast to Don't Forget Your Toothbrush and TFI Friday, Chris changed the TV landscape during the `90s; and on 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.But this is only part of the Chris Evans story.

In this witty and energetically written autobiography, Chris describes the experiences that shaped the boy and created the man who would go on to carve out such a dazzlingly brilliant career.

Born on a dreary council estate in Warrington and determined to escape, Chris started out as the best newspaper boy on the block, armed with no more than a little silver Binatone radio that he would take to the newsagents each day and through which he would develop a life-long and passionate love affair with the music and voices that emerged.From paperboy to media mogul, It's Not What You Think isn't what you think - it's the real story beyond the glare of the media spotlight from one of this country's brightest and boldest personalities.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages, (2x8pp plates)
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Television
  • ISBN: 9780007327232

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I don't generally read autobiographies and even less ones by celebrities, so I haven't got much to compare with. Chris Evans's book was captivating, though, with its evident honesty and boundless energy - just like the man himself, in fact. You can tell that here is a man with a thirst for life, who more than anything wants to learn, both from his successes and his mistakes. And he's perfectly ready to admit to his mistakes. Of course he also has a huge ego, but then that's to be expected - he couldn't have got where he was without it. The tone is chatty and friendly, and the book is well paced.He mentions that the book went through eleven edits, but I just wish one more editing round had been made to correct the final spelling mistakes and address the sometimes sketchy punctuation.