Look Back in Hunger, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (6 ratings)


Jo Brand is one of Britain's funniest and best-loved comedians.

With a sharp eye for the absurd and in her own unique voice, she tells her story for the first time.

What possessed her to become a professional comedian in the cut-throat world of stand-up comedy after ten years as a psychiatric nurse?

How did she deal with late night drunken audiences? From her early years growing up in a small south coast town with two brothers who toughened her up, to emerging on stage as 'The Sea Monster', Jo Brand tells it like it is with wit and candour.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages, 2 x 8pp col
  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
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  • Category: Individual actors & performers
  • ISBN: 9780755355259

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This was a good read. I could hear Jo Brand's voice as I read her story. She writes about her life in a very down to earth, no holds barred, kind of way. Just what I expected. I haven't read any of Jo Brand's novels but that is about to change.

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not a bad read but however it was not as funny as i thourght it would be but still worth a read

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I loved reading Jo Brand's autobiography, I was laughing out loud by the end of the first few pages. It wasn't all laughs, but what a colourful life!

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I found Brand's nursing career stories very interesting, and she is obviously a lot more intelligent than I had previously given her credit for ... but I would have liked the story to continue, to learn more about her career as a stand up. Oh well, maybe a second volume will be coming ... here's hoping, because I was very engaged with her narrative.

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Not as belly laugh-filled as I'd expected, but still interesting, charming and in places very moving. The focus is on her pre-comedy career, delivered in her unmistakable laconic style. She's not big on picking over the past, so the book reads as a series of vignettes with a few random tangents here and there.

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