I was expecting to be laughing the entire way through the book, but James was refreshingly honest about the harder times in his life too. Often when you think of celebrities, you don’t think about how hard it was before they finally made it to the ‘big time’. But although James knew from an early age that he wanted to be famous, he suffered through rejection after rejection before he finally started to find success.
He was in a lot of things before he finally burst into the spotlight with Gavin and Stacey, but it was very interesting to learn that but for a few hours in a pub with Ruth Jones while filming Fat Friends, it never would have even happened. I’m now also quite interested to watch The History Boys, which was a play in the West End which made it to a world tour: Hong Kong, Sydney, New Zealand and a long streak on Broadway, along with a hugely successful film.
But along with all the hilarious parts of the book, like the filming of the Comic/Sports Relief sketches, James gives us an insight into the tough parts of his life too. There was a pretty rough time in his life when he had all the success he could ever dream of but was not happy personally and didn’t make good decisions. But James didn’t hide this from the book, which made him seem a lot more real. The book started and ended with the best time in his life, the birth of his first son, it was a lovely full circle.