I'm thrilled to be one of the stops on the blog tour for Some Old Bloke by Robert Llewellyn and sharing my review today. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...
When writer, comedian and Red Dwarf actor Robert Llewellyn's son scrawled a picture of him at Christmas and titled it 'Some Old Bloke', Robert was cast deep into thought about life and what it means to be a bloke and an old one at that.
In this lighthearted, revealing and occasionally philosophical autobiography, we take a meandering route through Robert's life and career: from the sensitive young boy at odds with his ex-military father, through his stint as a hippy and his years of arrested development in the world of fringe comedy, all the way up to the full-body medicals and hard-earned insights of middle age.
Whether he is waxing lyrical about fresh laundry, making an impassioned case for the importance of alternative energy or recounting a detailed history of the dogs in his life, Robert presents a refreshingly open and un-cynical look at the world at large and, of course, the joys of being a bloke.
Every so often I enjoy picking up an autobiography but the person really has to interest me. So when I saw who the author was I instantly knew I wanted to read it. My brother introduced me to Red Dwarf when I was younger and put it this way I was a fan as soon as the episode had finished. So I was very curious to discover more about one of the actors from my favourite shows. What follows is a witty and conversational type of read that instantly felt relaxed and comfortable to experience. Robert Llewellyn easily drew me into his life as he shares memories from his past and some brilliant anecdotes along the way too.
I found there to be a wonderful balance of lighter moments set against the deeper and at times more emotional memories. This for me worked really well at entertaining but also giving that extra added depth to the book too. There are descriptions of Robert Llewellyn's earlier life right through to the present but it is all presented in a very engaging and candid way. With a real down to earth style of writing that really appealed to me and kept me turning those pages. To be honest I had read half of this book before even realising that it was getting so late. The next day I eagerly picked it back up to discover more which is always a good sign of an engaging book.
Some Old Bloke was something that I really enjoyed curling up with and I easily found myself smiling away. I would say that this book would appeal to anyone especially if they want a little insight into blokedom!
With thanks to Anne Cater and the publisher for my copy.
Robert Llewellyn is an actor, novelist, screenwriter, comedian and TV presenter. He drives an electric car and writes under a rack of solar panels in Gloucestershire.