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Just Ignore Him Reviews

Just Ignore Him by Alan Davies

Just Ignore Him

Alan Davies

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Imprint: Little, Brown
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 1 Sep 2020
ISBN: 9781408713310

A powerful, moving and darkly comic memoir from the brilliant comedian, actor and broadcaster Alan Davies, star of QI and Jonathan Creek.

4 stars out of 5
Fiona Sturges
11 Sep 2020

"Focused on Davies’s childhood, it is fiercely honest, sometimes upsetting"

Just Ignore Him, his second memoir, is a very different book. There are no arch diversions into popular culture, nor is it a knockabout look at teenage life. Focused on Davies’s childhood, it is fiercely honest, sometimes upsetting, and tells of the deep secrets that he has carried “in every molecule of my flesh and bones and in every thought and action, in my hunched, splayed-footed walk, my lisping Essex accent, and my lack of belief in God”... This book, then, is both the story of a life derailed by abuse and a study into the ways abusers control their victims. It took Davies until he was 51 to go to the police which, he notes, made him “five years older than my dad had been the last time he molested me”. While his father, who was now in his 80s, wasn’t charged on account of his Alzheimer’s – it was felt he would be deemed unfit to plead – the CPS affirmed Davies’s version of events. “I had what I needed,” he reflects. “The document from the CPS said they believed me, not him.”