Graham Norton: The Life and Loves of a He-Devil: Review

graham nortonAuthor: Graham Norton

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughten

Genre: Biography

Summary: Revealing, moving, and hilarious, Graham Norton tells the story of his life through the things he loves in a brand new memoir.

Graham Norton has been entertaining audiences and having fun with some of the world’s biggest stars for nearly 20 years. He is loved for his delight in the peculiar and for his ability to find humor and a common ground in all that life brings. Here is Graham’s funny and honest memoir on the theme of love. As he shows, it’s really the things you love that make you who you are and so Graham tells his story from his Irish childhood to the present day, describing just what and who he loved—and sometimes lost—as a young boy, and his new loves and obsessions—big and small—as he’s grown older. It’s been 10 years since his last book and being a decade older Graham has come to realize that what makes a life interesting is less what happens to you and more what inspires and drives you, what you love. From Dolly Parton and dogs to wine and Ireland, Graham tells of his life and loves with characteristic humor and outrageous candour. (Via Goodreads)


Let me preface this review by saying that I love Graham Norton. I loved him in Father Ted, I love his talk show, I think he is absolutely hilarious so it was unsurprising that I bought his biography and that my mother bought it for me too what was surprising was how unfunny I found it.

I really expected this biography to be rip-roar funny and it just wasn’t. The book isn’t strictly a biography, it’s more Norton discussing his favourite things from dogs to work to men and he tells story under each topic and while they are at times interesting they are just not funny. I was expecting major big belly laughs and anecdotes from his Father Ted and standup days but it just wasn’t there.

I do think this book is interesting and it was a pretty compelling, if a tad boring in places, but it really wasn’t what I was expecting and it just wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be. In fact, it was distinctly average in all ways and that was extremely disappointing to me.

3 Stars.




2 thoughts on “Graham Norton: The Life and Loves of a He-Devil: Review

  1. This is so disappointing. I ADORE Graham Norton, and like you have loved him since his Father Ted days and was expecting major laughs from this book! I haven’t picked it up yet, but I’m debating it now…

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