Him & Me – Jack and Michael Whitehall
The audiobook of Jack and Michael sharing their recollection of Jack’s formative years was very entertaining, the banter between them and interruptions of each other added to the experience and had me laughing along.
Topics covered were schooling (including a dubious request for Jack to be a life drawing model), employment of nannies (who were all very far off being practically perfect) familial relationships, holidays, Jack’s 18th birthday party and lots of celebrity clients’ name dropping by Michael.
Both men seemed equally embarrassed of each other at times, Jack stopping his father’s attempts at non-PC ‘ethnic’ accents and Michael at one point walking out when Jack was ‘mocking’ The Royal Family.
I loved seeing the differences between the two generations in terms of their views on a number of matters and it reminded me of my relationship with my own parents at times. I loved how Hilary (Jack’s mother and Michael’s wife) added her ten points of clarification on certain matters at the end. This lead to some questioning over how factual these accounts were. But to be honest I read this for entertainment, not fact (and how completely true is any auto/biographical account) and I wasn’t disappointed.
I’m afraid I had to withdraw a star because of Michael’s disparagement of Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter (jealously because Jack didn’t get the role) ;0)
I’d definitely recommend this as an audiobook.