Just Ignore Him


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of course for fans of Alan Davies and comedy, but especially for anyone who suffered bereavement or abuse as a child.

A quick summary

A cathartic, beautifully-written memoir of loss, trauma and survival by beloved comedian and actor Alan Davies. The tragedy of his mum’s death when he was only 6 years old was compounded by commonly-held beliefs like ‘least said soonest mended’ among the adults. Grieving, unsupported, and among the usual trials of growing up, he also endured sexual abuse by his father. Now, as an adult, in an ongoing process, he has succeeding in using psychotherapy and his creative work to look after those wounds, and forge a happy life and loving relationships. This memoir speaks up for his young self who was so badly betrayed, and stands as a testament to his loving mother and to telling the truth.


Publisher’s description:

‘This hugely affecting book is brave, insightful and, at times, funny about things it is hard to be funny about’ (Jo Brand)

The story of a life built on sand. In the rain.

In this compelling memoir, comedian and actor Alan Davies recalls his boyhood with vivid insight and devastating humour. Shifting between his 1970s upbringing and his life today, Davies moves poignantly from innocence to experience to the clarity of hindsight, always with a keen sense of the absurd. From sibling dynamics, to his voiceless, misunderstood progression through school, sexuality and humiliating ‘accidents’, Davies inhabits his younger mind with spectacular accuracy, sharply evoking an era when Green Shield Stamps, Bob-a-Job week and Whizzer & Chips loomed large, a bus fare was 2p – and children had little power in the face of adult motivation.

Here, there are often exquisitely tender recollections of the mother he lost at six years old, of a bereaved family struggling to find its way, and the kicks and confusion of adolescence. Through even the joyous and innocent memories, the pain of Davies’s lifelong grief and profound betrayal is unfiltered, searing and beautifully articulated. Just Ignore Him is not only an autobiography, it is a testament to a survivor’s resilience and courage.


‘A simply astonishing achievement. The quality, depth, emotional power and terrifying honesty of Alan Davies’s story-telling take the breath away’ (Stephen Fry)

Additional information

Format Paperback
Weight 230 g
Dimensions 198 × 127 × 23 mm
Book Author

ISBN 9780349144368

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