The Hilarious Number One Sunday Times Bestseller!
In his first book David Jason told us about himself from his early years training as an electrician through to making it as one of Britain's greatest actors.
This autumn, in a follow up autobiography, he tells us about the many other lives he has lived – his characters. From Del Boy to Granville, Pop Larkin to Frost, he takes us behind the scenes and under the skins of some of the best loved acts of his career.
And in the process he reflects on how those characters changed his life too. The result told with his characteristic charm and wit is both funny and poignant, honest and heart warming.
Sixteen TV soundtracks of the award-winning TV show collected together for the first time, starring David Jason as ambitious market trader Del Boy Trotter, and Nicholas Lyndhurst as his younger brother Rodney Trotter.
For 15 years, the brothers of 'Trotters Independent Traders PLC' have entertained us both with Del's extreme optimism and scams and, quite simply, Rodney's reactions upon hearing those scams. Now sixteen classic soundtracks from one of the funniest comedy programmes of all time are brought together in audio. So don't be a plonker, do yourself a favour and get your hands on this little beauty.
The Long Legs of the Law
The Yellow Peril
A Losing Streak
No Greater Love
Yesterday Never Comes
May the Force Be With You
Thicker Than Water
Hole in One
It's Only Rock and Roll
Sleeping Dogs Lie
Watching the Girls Go By
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Duration: 7 hours 20 minutes
The long-awaited autobiography of one of Britain’s best-loved actors, and the star of Only Fools and Horses.
Born the son of a Billingsgate market porter at the height of the Second World War, David Jason spent his early life dodging bombs and bullies, both with impish good timing. Giving up on an unloved career as an electrician, he turned his attention to acting and soon, through a natural talent for making people laugh, found himself working with the leading lights of British comedy in the 1960s and '70s: Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Bob Monkhouse and Ronnie Barker. Barker would become a mentor to David, leading to hugely successful stints in Porridge and Open All Hours.
It wasn’t until 1981, kitted out with a sheepskin jacket, a flat cap, and a clapped-out Reliant Regal, that David found the part that would capture the nation’s hearts: the beloved Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter in Only Fools and Horses. Never a one-trick pony, he had an award-winning spell as TV’s favourite detective Jack Frost, took a country jaunt as Pop Larkin in the Darling Buds of May, and even voiced a crime-fighting cartoon rodent in the much-loved children’s show Danger Mouse.
But life hasn't all been so easy: from missing out on a key role in Dad’s Army to nearly drowning in a freak diving accident, David has had his fair share of ups and downs, and has lost some of his nearest and dearest along the way.
David’s is a touching, funny and warm-hearted story, which charts the course of his incredible five decades at the top of the entertainment business. He's been a shopkeeper and a detective inspector, a crime-fighter and a market trader, and he ain't finished yet. As Del Boy would say, it's all cushty.
James Henry is the pen name for James Gurbutt who has long been a fan of the original R. D. Wingfield books and the subsequent TV series. He worked for several years as an accountant before moving into publishing. In 2009 he set up Corsair, a literary imprint for Constable & Robinson, Wingfield’s original publisher. He lives in Essex.
After a successful career writing for radio, R. D. Wingfield turned his attention to fiction, creating the character of Jack Frost. The series has been adapted for television as the perennially popular A Touch of Frost, starring David Jason. R. D. Wingfield died in 2007.