It’s Not What You Think by Chris Evans

It’s Not What You Think

By Chris Evans

  • Release Date: 2009-10-01
  • Genre: Biography
Score: 4
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The story of how one council estate lad made good, really very good, and survived – just about – to tell the tale…

Chris Evans’s extraordinary career has seen him become one of the country’s most successful broadcasters and producers. From The Big Breakfast to Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush and TFI Friday, Chris changed the TV landscape during the ‘90s; and on Manchester’s Piccadilly Radio, BBC Radio 1’s Breakfast show and as owner of Virgin Radio he ushered in the age of the celebrity DJ.

But this is only part of the Chris Evans story. In this witty and energetically written autobiography, Chris describes the experiences that shaped the boy and created the man who would go on to carve out such a dazzlingly brilliant career. Born on a dreary council estate in Warrington and determined to escape, Chris started out as the best newspaper boy on the block, armed with no more than a little silver Binatone radio that he would take to the newsagents each day and through which he would develop a life-long and passionate love affair with the music and voices that emerged.

From paperboy to media mogul, It’s Not What You Think isn’t what you think - it’s the real story beyond the glare of the media spotlight from one of this country’s brightest and boldest personalities.


‘An eye-opening read’, OK Magazine

‘It is as an autobiographer that Chris Evans finally seems to have grown up’, The Observer

‘Full to the brim with fantastic anecdotes’, Heat

‘A critic confounding mea culpa of a memoir’, The Guardian

‘The guy can spin a yarn as long as long as the M1 and as colourful as his hair’, Now Magazine

About the author

Chris Evans began his broadcasting careeer at Manchester Piccadilly radio, going on to become a household name in TV and radio. With his production company Ginger, he launched and presented the hugely successful Channel 4 shows The Big Breakfast, Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush and TFI Friday. In 1995 Chris joined Radio 1 hosting the flagship breakfast show, attracting 7.5m listeners. After his controversial departure he then joined Virgin Radio’s breakfast show, eventually acquiring the station from Richard Branson for £87m. He went on to sell the Ginger Media Group (including Virgin Radio) in 2000 for £225m. In 2005 Chris joined Radio 2, declaring it his spiritual home, his show picking up four prestigious Sony Awards in as many years. He is now presenter of The Breakfast Show.


  • Awful

    By Traveler1234567
    Childish humour that even children wouldn't enjoy. First half of the book talks about nothing but playground crushes and boring scrapes with school bullies, packed lunches and paper rounds. He tries to turn everything into a silly joke. It's an awful read with a run down of top 10's for everything he comes across. It's quite possibly the worst biography I have ever read, especially on the back of finishing the wonderful work of Michael Caine and Michael J Fox. What a contrast to this rubbish.
  • Robbed!!!!

    By Spookstas
    I have just downloaded this on my iPhone for £8.95! And now I find it on iBooks for £3.99! I feel a little pished off at this
  • Exceptional

    By Honk Tonky
    Written with warmth enthusiasm and humour. I loved every minute of this excellent read. It's so refreshing to read a book that is honest and in some ways self deprecating (you are too hard on yourself BTW). It's a story about life, not just Chris Evans life but the hilarious merry go round we are all on. I highly recommend this read and if you ever see Chris around shake his hand and buy him a drink, I sure will. My only criticism of this book is I now have to get the next. Grrr, Thanks Chris From A Nobby No Level victim of the water bucket (Hyde park, Tameside) a long time ago x
  • Amazingly interesting book

    By HappyDandy
    I have really enjoyed reading this book. It has given me a different insight to Chris Evans. A really must read
  • A canny read

    By johnt1972
    I really only bought this book as had a few pound left on my account, and thought, why not. Well I did enjoy his wit and easy style of writing but I don't think he went into enough detail with loads of things. He just basically skirted over so much of his life. I've watched him since The Big Breakfast days and like him, so was hoping for all of the inside gos. Surely I'm not the only one who wants details. It is a good read tho. It's the 1st book I've bought on my phone and I'll be getting his next one too :) would hav been nice to have pictures in there too.
  • It isn't as good as you think

    By Drey96
    Thought it would of been much more interesting couple of references to pictures that are not there. Stories that go on and on his idol is Timmy mallet and now you have to buy the second book
  • Chris Evans' autobiography

    By The cyclist
    A brilliant read. The guy is one very talented writer and led, so far, a much deserved successful life
  • Loved it

    By CharlesDance
    Loved this book, I used to move in the same circles as Chris ten years ago so it was nice to read some familiar names and places. My download is missing any images though...anyone else not have photos?
  • Brilliant

    By Alasorous
    Couldn't put this down - read it in a day. Wonderfully written with great childhood moments. Of course funny yet he shows humility and respect throughout; can't wait for the second book.
  • Don't phone, it's just for fun.

    By Foxy75
    Great book, entertaining read. This book had me hooked literally from the first page, i couldn't put it down! Can't wait to get Memoirs of a fruitcake!