John Bishop started his career in comedy after a chance open-mic performance when he was 35. 

Shortly before his dreaded 4-0, the former footballer decided to quit his job and make a go of it. Within three years he was standing in front of thousands on sell-out arena tours and had released the fastest-selling debut DVD in history. In 2013 he wrote the Sunday Times bestselling, How Did All This Happen, his origin story about his early years on a council estate where he dreamed of ousting Kenny Dalglish from Liverpool FC’s starting line-up. 

Know for his irrepressible wit, we quizzed John for our video series Between the Lines to find out what it feels like to grow old, the only book he's read twice and the art of using his own book as a doorstop. 

How to Grow Old by John Bishop is out now.


  • How to Grow Old

  • Intimate confessions and spit-your-dentures-out hilarious commentary – this is observational comedy at its best.

    How to Grow Old is a stupid title, because the answer is obvious: Don’t Die. Provided you don’t die, you are growing old.

    Don’t come to this book under any illusions. It isn’t going to tell you how to stay alive any longer. It won’t help you understand the aging process from a sociological and anthropological perspective, and I’m not sure how much practical advice you’re going to get.

    However, if you happen to want to know what a white, heterosexual, middle-aged man thinks of getting old – from the struggle to stay fit, keep hold of your friends or stay relevant, to why I’m better at doing a dump now than at any time in my life – this book could very well be exactly what you have been looking for. You might even find it a bit funny.

  • Buy the book

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