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224 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95)

Publication Date: June 2019

ISBN 9781784705695

Rights: US

Random House UK (Jun 2019)

Price: $16.95


The first book from stand-up comedian Simon Amstell: revealing, heartbreaking, uplifting

Simon Amstell did his first stand-up gig at the age of 13. His parents had just divorced and puberty was confusing. Trying to be funny solved everything. Help is the hilarious and heartbreaking account of Simon's ongoing compulsion to reveal his entire self on stage. To tell the truth so it can't hurt him any more. Loneliness, anxiety, depression—this book has it all. And more. From a complicated childhood in Essex to an Ayahuasca-led epiphany in the Amazon rainforest, this story will make you laugh, cry and then feel happier than you've ever been.


"A beautiful and clever book about being human. All the warmth of his comedy without the inconvenience of his face." —Russell Brand

"Disarmingly, almost alarmingly, honest. I laughed out loud 57 times" - - Martin Freeman

"No one makes loneliness and anxiety as funny as Simon Amstell. Every sentence in this book is simultaneously heartbreaking and hilarious" - - Hadley Freeman

"Enrapturing. Touching, funny and sweet" - - Alain de Botton

"Puts the fun in 'insanely honest introspection fun'" - - Adam Buxton

Author Biography

Simon Amstell is a comedian, screenwriter and director.