>Review ‘Booky Wook 2 – This time it’s personal’ By Russell Brand

>Russell Brand is someone who, through unashamed editorial bias, tends to get some love on VN. Having thoroughly enjoyed the original Booky Wook, and the show to promote Booky Wook II, VN was excited to get into the book itself.

Booky Wook II starts just as Brand is about to be launched into the celebrity stratosphere thanks to Big Brother’s Big Mouth and BBC 6 Music. The book is typically well written, but at times overly verbose, as if Brand is trying to show just how clever he is. This follow up is also slightly more self indulgent than than the first, talking about a helter-skelter A-list celebrity lifestyle, as opposed to the grit of the first. This change is significant, and similar to what has happened in Brand’s stand up. If you are a close follower of Brand’s work you will also be familiar with some of the stories, many of which appeared on the recent, brilliant, Scandalous DVD. Of course seeing the stories on the written page doesn’t stop them being laugh out loud funny, and Russell Brand’s storytelling is as hysterical on paper as on stage.

This book though comes delivered by a great big Elephant in the form of Sachsgate. As with the aforementioned Scandalous show, the subtitle of the book, ‘This time it’s personal,’ shows that this is another opportunity for Brand to put out his version of events. He succeeds in doing this though without dwelling on the incident, it takes up only one chapter, and without absolving himself of blame, responsibility or guilt. Furthermore, hhis insight into the madness of the British media, particularly the Daily Mail, is very astute, and worth taking on board.

Brand is similarly astute at dissecting the bizarre world of celebrity he know inhabits. He realises its ridiculousness, before  allowing himself and his unashamed ambition to dive headlong into it. He poignantly talks about feeling lonely, and the longing for a partner, despite the frequent exploits with the women he encounters. As a result, his descriptions of now wife Katy Perry at the end are very romantic and quite touching.

Booky Wook II doesn’t make Russell Brand ‘likeable’ in any traditional sense, however he is an engaging writer and deeply honest, which is worth far more. This book probably won’t win over any new fans, but it is well worth a read, and gives a fascinating insight into one of the UKs most naturally gifted performers.

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