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Harry Hill writes his autobiography

Based on the things that *didn't* go right...

Harry Hill is publishing his autobiography.

Fight!: Thirty Years Not Quite At The Top, which will be published in November, is described as ‘ an honest and hilarious look back at his life and career through the lens of what didn't go right.’

Publishers Hodder Studio say: "We join him on the journey in childhood, and his starring role in the cub panto, through a short-lived career as a hospital doctor - where he was reprimanded for daydreaming during a life-saving operation - to slogging it out on the comedy circuit in the 90s alongside comics like Bill Bailey and Jo Brand - to becoming a national TV teatime favourite.

‘He takes us behind the scenes of his ill-fated X-Factor musical I Can't Sing!, on a very strange car journey with Simon Cowell, and shares what he said to the Queen when he found himself alone with her backstage at the Royal Albert Hall.’

The blurb says that the book is ‘full of truthful reflection and uproarious stories,’ and that Hill ‘finds joy in failure, creativity in struggle and revels in the lessons to be learnt from a flop’

The comic revealed the book with a video on Twitter:

He added in a statement: ‘At last my story will be told – an epic struggle to put silliness at the heart of TV entertainment.’

Publisher Myfanwy Moore added: ‘I am thrilled to be working with the comic powerhouse, and not-quite-national treasure, Harry Hill. This memoir will be chock full of the silliest showbiz anecdotes and Harry’s reflections on life, but also a joyful exploration of what we can learn when things go wrong.’

Hill - whose real name is Matthew Hall – made his publishing debut in 2008 with the surreal novel Flight From Deathrow, and the fictionalised diaries Livin’ The Dreem: A Year In My Life in 2010.

He has also written a series of kids’ books featuring schoolboy stand-up comedian Matt Millz.

Mock-up cover for Hill's book Hill is by far the only comedian publishing his memoirs this autumn, with titles from Bob Mortimer, Billy Connolly, Katherine Ryan, Jack Whitehall, Josh Widdicombe, Mo Gilligan, Phil Wang, Julian Clary, Daniel Sloss and Lucy Beaumont coming out then. See our Coming Soon page for details.

Fight!: Thirty Years Not Quite At The Top is released on November 11, priced £20 in hardback or £6.99 on Kindle, and is available for advance order from Amazon.

Published: 11 Apr 2021

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