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Gotta Get Theroux This by Louis Theroux

Gotta Get Theroux This

My life and strange times in television

Louis Theroux

3.75 out of 5

4 reviews

Imprint: Macmillan
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 19 Sep 2019
ISBN: 9781509880362

A funny, insightful memoir by much-loved documentary maker Louis Theroux, who takes us on a weird and wonderful journey through his life and two decades of groundbreaking television.

4 stars out of 5
20 Oct 2019

"Louis Theroux’s memoir is exactly how you’d expect an account of his “life and strange times in television” to be; self-deprecating, eager to please and shot through with a sense of bewilderment"

Louis Theroux’s memoir is exactly how you’d expect an account of his “life and strange times in television” to be; self-deprecating, eager to please and shot through with a sense of bewilderment. “I am a TV presenter who specialises in getting out of his depth,” he writes and, indeed, this book’s pleasures lie in behind-the-scenes tales of Theroux’s offbeat documentaries, chief among them the Jimmy Savile encounter. Perhaps because it cast a shadow over his career (how could he have found himself so drawn to this monster?), Theroux spends a lot of time grappling with his feelings about the affair.

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3 stars out of 5
17 Oct 2019

"His new memoir is, on one level, an investigation into how Theroux grew up to be The Guy Who Failed To Nail Savile"

Theroux is, understandably, still haunted by Savile. His new memoir is, on one level, an investigation into how Theroux grew up to be The Guy Who Failed To Nail Savile, and an exploration into how he learns to live with that...Theroux’s meetings with Savile’s victims make for necessarily difficult reading. He’s compassionate, although there’s an odd moment when one woman invites him to attend a counselling session with her so he can witness the emotional fallout. He doesn’t go, and doesn’t explain why. 

4 stars out of 5
Victoria Segal
22 Sep 2019

"His ultimate home truth, though, is simply that “we are complicated” — and with this illuminating yet darkly shadowed memoir, he places himself firmly within that frame"

Theroux’s book is, in part, his own map of the treacherous ethical terrain he often crosses. Equally on-brand is the engaging, funny memoir running alongside the darkness. You wonder if he should have quarantined his Savile material into another book, but as it is, it honours Theroux’s belief in nuance and complexity, his warning against pretending abusers are from the “realm of Grand Guignol” rather than “real world” creatures... A redemptive personal arc matches the professional one, as Theroux discusses his first “marriage of convenience”, once off-limits, and his second marriage to the producer Nancy Strang, with whom he has three sons. His writing on family is comically astute, his dissection of rows between knackered working parents a new field of domestic investigation. His ultimate home truth, though, is simply that “we are complicated” — and with this illuminating yet darkly shadowed memoir, he places himself firmly within that frame.

4 stars out of 5
9 Sep 2019

"Theroux’s experiences in TV makes for a fascinating read."

Britain’s favourite documentarian takes is on another journey into the unknown – this time, his own life. Honest and perceptive as ever, Theroux’s experiences in TV makes for a fascinating read.