Going to Sea in a Sieve by Danny Baker

Going to Sea in a Sieve

By Danny Baker

  • Release Date: 2012-11-06
  • Genre: Biography
Score: 4.5
From 124 Ratings
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The first hilarious volume of comedy writer, journalist, radio DJ and screenwriter Danny Baker's memoir, and now the inspiration for the major BBC series CRADLE TO GRAVE, starring Peter Kay.

'And what was our life like in this noisy, dangerous and polluted industrial pock-mark wedged into one of the capital's toughest neighbourhoods? It was, of course, utterly magnificent and I'd give anything to climb inside it again for just one day.'

In the first volume of his memoirs, Danny Baker brings his early years to life as only he knows how. With his trademark humour and eye for a killer anecdote, he takes us all the way from the council house in south-east London that he shared with his mum Betty and dad 'Spud' (played by Peter Kay) to the music-biz excesses of Los Angeles, where he famously interviewed Michael Jackson for the NME. Laugh-out-loud funny, it is also an affectionate but unsentimental hymn to a bygone era.


  • Excellent.

    By Springheel70
    The genius button really doesn't have an off switch. A wonderful read from start to finish. Can't wait for volumes two and three.
  • Unabashed and honest

    By Keith McDougall
    Danny Baker is a bit like marmite and like marmite it is easy for those who have never tasted him to say he is not their cup of tea. To those people I would say give this book a try and you might just change your view, or confirm you view which could vindicate your reason for buying the book anyway. Personally I like the guy and after reading this book I like him even more. It appears to be an honest account of the first half of his life without the expected woeful and pitiful losses and tragedies (a part from the dog - sorry for the spoiler). A Danny states very early on his life has actually been pretty good. He charts his story through the 60s, 70s and 80s and includes great stories about the music scene at the time. If like me you are a little younger than Danny, reading this book will be like listening to stories from your cooler older brother. Can't wait to hear the second part of this story.
  • Going to sea in a sieve

    By IS507
    A highly recommended read, we'll written, warm and amusing totally conveying Danny Baker's happy go lucky approach to life. Great stories interchanging seamlessly between family and celebrity encounters. I finished reading it within two days and am eagerly now waiting volume 2.