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Gotta Get Theroux This: My Life and Strange Times in Television Paperback – 29 September 2020
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In 1994 fledgling journalist Louis Theroux was given a one-off gig on Michael Moore's TV Nation, presenting a segment on apocalyptic religious sects. Gawky, socially awkward and totally unqualified, his first reaction to this exciting opportunity was panic. But he'd always been drawn to off-beat characters, so maybe his enthusiasm would carry the day. Or, you know, maybe it wouldn't ...
In his book, Louis takes the reader on a joyous journey through his life and unexpectedly successful career. Nervously accepting the BBC's offer of his own series, he went on to create an award-winning documentary style that has seen him immersed in worlds as diverse as racist US militias and secretive pro-wrestlers, the violent gangs of Johannesburg and extreme drinkers in London. Arguably his biggest challenge was corralling celebrities in his When Louis Met series, with Jimmy Savile proving most elusive. Blindsided when the revelations about Savile came to light, Louis was to reflect again on the nature of evil he had spent decades uncovering.
Filled with wry observation, larger-than-life characters, and self-deprecating humour, this is Louis at his insightful and honest best.
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Gripping ― Daily Mail
Engaging, funny ― Sunday Times
If you are a fan of Louis Theroux's self-deprecating humour and relaxed broadcasting style, you will enjoy this honest and soul-searching account of his life so far. ― Sunday Express
- Publisher : Pan (29 September 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1509880399
- ISBN-13 : 978-1509880393
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Dimensions : 13 x 2.8 x 19.7 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 23,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It took me a while to get through because it wasn't some sort of light and breezy book. It was written in a formal, complex style and there were quite a few words I had no idea about! Especially the French ones, since I have never studied the language. All that aside, I really enjoyed it.
I was heartened to read that Louis in real life is the same sort of person he comes across in his documentaries. I loved that he was so open about the things that he could have done a little better in his personal life - his wife sounds like a very patient woman, lol.
All in all, this is a good book for fans to read, especially if you have seen the documentaries that he is talking about. I got a bit sick of hearing about Jimmy Savile by the end of it - I get that it must have been a shock that the person you interviewed turns out to be a paedophile etc but at a certain point, you have to let go of the guilt and angst!
4.5 stars from me.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 September 2019
If you're looking for a fascinating "and these are the bits we couldn't dare broadcast" type of story, you'll be disappointed.
Like "My Scientology Movie", it's a bit (and as I'm a fan I hate to say this) boring.
Members, attending a top independent school etc. However, there is no acknowledgement in the book of the role this has played in his success.
The book is also rather tedious.Each chapter increasingly feels like just more of the same.