If you are wondering how to be famous, just follow the steps outlined in Russell Brand’s two memoirs, My Booky Wook and Booky Wook 2. The charming, eloquent My Booky Wook shows Brand in his early years, complete with images of his school report cards. His latest memoir, which was released for American readers on October 12, 2010, shows a now famous Brand, complete with photos with Katy Perry.
My Booky Wookis everything a memoir should be. The 2007 book flaunts Brand’s power over words. At the time, he was also writing a column for The Guardian newspaper. Brand was well-known in England for his radio interviews, work on Big Brother, and stand up, but he was not easily recognized in America. In My Booky Wook, Brand writes about his quest for fame and attention, and about the people who support him through all of his adventures. Even in his drug haze, he realizes he “had work and a bit of money and people that loved me. That place exists still waiting for me should I err.”
Brand has rocketed past those people and that place in Booky Wook 2.It would be hard to recapture the magic spell Brand wrote into the pages of My Booky Wook, and Booky Wook 2 is a disappointment in comparison to its perfectly made sibling. As a memoir, it serves its purpose. It shows Brand in the stage of welcoming fame.
Brand was ready for fame when it came. He had a distinctive look, a well-established voice and style, and a willingness to move up, up, and away. His talent has served him well, and through both of his books he traces his roles from school plays to Hollywood movies. Fame is essential to him, he says, because without it “my whole persona doesn’t make sense. Without fame my haircut just looks like mental illness.”
One of the elements that is missing inBooky Wook 2 is Brand’s playful stories of camaraderie. His friendship with Trevor Lock has fallen into the Booky Wook history after police question Lock in connection with a crime, and while Brand stresses Lock’s innocence, he also writes a cryptic obituary to the friendship. Readers see Brand as he prank calls with Johnathan Ross on the BBC, and Brand traces the scandal through the tabloids. Brand includes transcripts of BBC radio show, he writes about filming Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Tempest, and he writes about the excesses of fame and falling in love.
My Booky Wook is interesting reading for almost anyone; Brand is convivial and funny, and he writes playfully about his adventures and seriously about his addiction. Fans of Russell Brand will want to read both Booky Wook and Booky Wook 2.
My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs, and Scandal was published by Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd in October, 2007. Harper Collins released the book for Kindle in March 2009 by Harper Collins. The ASIN is B001NLKXYI.
Booky Wook 2: This Time It’s Personal by Russell Brand was published by Harper Collins on October 12, 2010. The Kindle ASIN is B003WJRE78.