It’s Not What You Think
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The story of how one council estate lad made good, really very good, and survived – just about – to tell the tale…
Chris Evans’s extraordinary career has seen him become one of the country’s most successful broadcasters and producers. From The Big Breakfast to Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush and TFI Friday, Chris changed the TV landscape during the ‘90s; and on Manchester’s Piccadilly Radio, BBC Radio 1’s Breakfast show and as owner of Virgin Radio he ushered in the age of the celebrity DJ.
But this is only part of the Chris Evans story. In this witty and energetically written autobiography, Chris describes the experiences that shaped the boy and created the man who would go on to carve out such a dazzlingly brilliant career. Born on a dreary council estate in Warrington and determined to escape, Chris started out as the best newspaper boy on the block, armed with no more than a little silver Binatone radio that he would take to the newsagents each day and through which he would develop a life-long and passionate love affair with the music and voices that emerged.
From paperboy to media mogul, It’s Not What You Think isn’t what you think - it’s the real story beyond the glare of the media spotlight from one of this country’s brightest and boldest personalities.
‘An eye-opening read’, OK Magazine
‘It is as an autobiographer that Chris Evans finally seems to have grown up’, The Observer
‘Full to the brim with fantastic anecdotes’, Heat
‘A critic confounding mea culpa of a memoir’, The Guardian
‘The guy can spin a yarn as long as long as the M1 and as colourful as his hair’, Now Magazine
About the author
Chris Evans began his broadcasting careeer at Manchester Piccadilly radio, going on to become a household name in TV and radio. With his production company Ginger, he launched and presented the hugely successful Channel 4 shows The Big Breakfast, Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush and TFI Friday. In 1995 Chris joined Radio 1 hosting the flagship breakfast show, attracting 7.5m listeners. After his controversial departure he then joined Virgin Radio’s breakfast show, eventually acquiring the station from Richard Branson for £87m. He went on to sell the Ginger Media Group (including Virgin Radio) in 2000 for £225m. In 2005 Chris joined Radio 2, declaring it his spiritual home, his show picking up four prestigious Sony Awards in as many years. He is now presenter of The Breakfast Show.
Surprising, eye opening and funny!
I have to admit to never really being a die hard fan of Chris Evans but on seeing this book and the fact I'd just bought an ipad, was about to go on holiday and needed a read, I decided to buy it. I can remember enjoying TFI Friday and his days on radio one, I'm a similar age. That was the full extent of my knowledge of the man but having now finished this glimpse into the life of the Ginger wonder I find myself thinking three things.
1. I never realised Timmy Mallat was so talented.
2. On reading about the tent scene on the Big Breakfast with Kim Wild I can actually remember seeing that live and thinking "I wouldn't mind being in that tent" lol.
3. Actually found myself thinking wouldn't it be great to have a good old fashioned lads night out with this guy.
That's about as good as it gets from me, it's a good read.
A very frank biography that also happens to be a great way to fill the daily commute. Chris's upbeat writing style both amuses and uplifts.
Loved this book but taken a star off as for some strange reason the few photos (which on occasions are referred to) are not included.
- Category: Biography
- Published: 01 October 2009
- Publisher: HarperCollins
- Print Length: 352 Pages
- Language: English