Book Review – Believe Me

Believe Me: A Memoir Of Love, Death And Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard (Michael Joseph) ISBN: 9781405922029

Eddie Izzard is an internationally acclaimed comedian, actor and transvestite. This memoir is written in his smart and simple style with more self-deprecating humour than cake or death.

Izzard starts at the very beginning with the death of his mother when he was six years-old. This has had a profound effect on his life and her memory surfaces as a strong motivating factor throughout his writing. The man’s success is unquestionable. He has sold out one-man shows to thousands of people. He has performed all over the world in multiple languages. He has helped put transvestites and the LGBT+ community on the map and the political agenda. In 2016 ‘to try something big’ he ran 27 marathons across South Africa in 27 days in honour of Nelson Mandela.

This book really caught me in the throat. This is because of Izzard’s powerful reminder that any amount or type of success is a long game. This is a man who has walked an incredibly long road to achieve great things.  That’s both humbling and deeply encouraging.

Justine Cullinan

Posted on: 27th November 2017