Richard Bacon: A Series of Unrelated Events



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Read this on someone s blog perhaps I would chuckle and roll my eyes But when I ve paid for a book I expect this sort of thing to be edited out I don t want to see the process of writing I want to be immersed in the content But perhaps I m over reacting to a oke I didn t find funnyYet here s another exhibit there is a chapter which Bacon opens in the voice of Charles Dickens That is precisely as painful as it sounds and he gets bored with his terrible impression part way thoughNow read on as Richard Bacon takes up the storyThat you Charles And sorry readers that didn t really work out as I d hoped He doesn t half go on a bitAgain this is a passage that is cringe worthy than funny perhaps passable on an amateurish blog like mine But as if to reinforce that the editing on this volume has been sloppy the following appears at the end of the chapterPostscriptEagle eyed readers might have noticed that the first half of the chapter was written in the style of Charles Dickens and the second not This is because the Charles Dickens bit was taking too long and I got boredWhy repeat what he s already pointed out earlier in the text Pass the red pen pleaseI guess what frustrates me most about this book is that Bacon has an interesting career story to tell and the intelligence and wit to tell it well Instead it feels like he s been left largely to his own devices and so gone somewhat off piste As a collection of anecdotes written by a minor celebrity it isn t bad But I was left disappointed because I know it could have been so much betterI very much hope that Bacon one day has the opportunity to write a decent considered memoir Perhaps that s something one can t do part way through one s career Perhaps the distance isn t great enough to allow for proper reflection But if he does go on to write one I suspect I d wholeheartedly recommend it And I think there s ust enough promise in the better chapters of Unrelated Events to grudgingly recommend this first draft until that day. On so pack your moral compass and a change of underwear and let's begin Between these pages is everything you would expect from Richard Bacon fierce intelligence unsparing honesty and a whole heap of fun.

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Ious surreal moments in his life presented out of seuence and with no connecting narrative And as you might imagine a series of out of seuence anecdotes doesn t add up to a particularly coherent wholeFrom listening on 5 Live I ve often thought that there are two sides to Richard Bacon One side is serious intelligent and insightful This side is shown most commonly when he s handling breaking news or following a long running news story or interviewing someone particularly newsworthy and interesting The other side is faux blokey flippant and a little arrogant This side is shown most commonly on slow news days or when he s presenting one of his many predictable and relatively dull features Unfortunately this book is written almost exclusively by the latter side of Richard Bacon There are some chapters where the former gets a look in particularly the first about his sacking from Blue Peter and one near the end of the book in which he talks about internet trolls But most of the rest is written in the faux blokey style with hilarious anecdotes about subjects like hiding the fact he d drunk a bottle of wine by replacing the contents with water people having sex at his wedding and outsourcing his film review column to a friendI suspect that this is a book that could be improved dramatically through the employment of a fine editor As a first draft this book is fine it ust needs somebody to point out which of the anecdotes don t work and should be dropped explain which bits Bacon should expand with richer detail and wider discussion and a udicious use of coloured pen to tidy up his often infuriatingly affected writing styleThis perception is reinforced by a number of asides which surely should have been edited For example when re introducing a character from a previous anecdote Bacon saysLet s call him Jack I can t remember if I identify him in that earlier chapter and can t be bothered to checkI imagine this is supposed to be funny I imagine I am supposed to laugh If T you've found yourself faced with either of these scenarios but Richard Bacon has these and many and he's not afraid to share Here Richard teaches us that life is a minefield that needs careful navigati.

Simply hilarious ok I am a sucker for celebrity anecdotes That s the only reason I bought this book I m not a particular fan of Richard Bacon and often find him unbearably smug For some reason I thought ahh it ll be worth it for some uicy celeb gossip as I put down my latest copy of Heat to reach for my app Unfortunately this wasn t the caseRichard Bacon is a defensive try hard We were meant to feel sorry for the whole coke incident I don t remember any of it guv Then we re meant to feel he s a real down to earth guy because he didn t want it revealed how many million he paid for his house Oh what a shame that we found out he could afford over a million pounds How excruciatingly embarrassing poor RichardI KNOW he is taking the mickey with a lot of his uotes about celebs and he tries to be self deprecating but I ust don t believe it He s only doing this to sound like one of us muggles and it doesn t work The chapter about his stand up comedy stint is beyond horrendous Again I KNOW he thinks it s bad but I can t help feeling he chucked the chapter in including a reference to where we could find the comedy stint on the internet twice so we could all watch it and think oh Richard don t put yourself down it wasn t that bad I imagine Richard will find this review somehow mainly because I believe he is so egotistical he googles himself on a regular basis and you re a troll if you criticise him Very funny A light hearted review of Richard Bacons life What s nice is he is honest on all the bad things that have happened to him through his career To read this book I do think you need to know who the author is and be in tune with his dry sense of humour I am such a person which mean t I enjoyed the book a lot Bub Bye Richard Bacon is perhaps best known as the only Blue Peter presenter to be sacked He s also the presenter of the afternoon show on BBC Radio 5 Live to which I occasionally listenA Series of Unrelated Events is his first book It s an autobiography of var. How does it feel to have your best friend stitch you up to The News of the World Or to find out that your mum is upset with you via a first person tweet from her Tibetan terrier It is highly unlikely tha.