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


    Whether he likes it or not, John is getting older. His hair is greying, it’s getting that much harder to stay fit, and the potential to become something of an embarrassment is ever increasing.

    But hope is not lost.

    How to Grow Old is John’s offering to the world. With sage advice on how to avoid the common pitfalls of age, intimate confessions and spit-your-dentures-out hilarious commentary on his own advancing years, this is his observational comic writing at its very best. If you were concerned about how not to be boring or how to get rid of your should-be-old-enough-to-manage kids, this the book has the answers.

  • Buy the book

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