Going to Sea in a Sieve : The Autobiography, Paperback Book

Going to Sea in a Sieve : The Autobiography Paperback

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Comedy writer, journalist, radio DJ and screenwriter Danny Baker charts his 30 years in showbiz Danny Baker was born in Deptford, South East London in June 1957, and from an early age was involved in magazine journalism, with the founding of fanzine 'Sniffin' Glue', alongside friend Mark Perry.

From there he moved to documentary series for LWT and over the years worked on a variety of quiz shows (Win, Lose or Draw, Pets Win Prizes, TV Heroes), as well two television commercials which made him a household name - Daz and Mars Bars. This book charts Danny's showbiz career, the highs and lows, and everything in between, including the accusation that he killed Bob Marley...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
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  • Category: Radio
  • ISBN: 9780753828939

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About twenty years ago I used to enjoy Danny Baker's early morning show on BBC Radio 5. He had an entertaining sense of humour and dispersed his autodidactic wisdom with great élan.I was, therefore, looking forward to this volume of autobiography, though it never quite managed to deliver. There were certainly a lot of amusing stories, and I particularly enjoyed reading about his time working at the famous One Stop record shop in Soho which yielded amusing accounts of meeting Marc Bolan and Queen.The prose is hurried and seems unfinished. The strongest impression that I received was that Baker had hurriedly jotted down some anecdotes, probably with a view to polishing them for publication later on. It seems, however, that he never got around to doing the polishing and allowed the book out in a decidedly slipshod state.Certainly very amusing, but not the book it might have been.

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