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A Del of a Life: The hilarious #1 bestseller from the national treasure

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There are no small parts, only small actors," said Konstantin Sergeyevich Stanislavski, a seminal Soviet and Russian theatre practitioner in the 19th century, whose words Sir David seems to have lived his life by. Such is the magic that the entire team of Only Fools and Horses created, that you can watch the same episodes over and over and they never seem to get old, the jokes no less funny than they were the very first time you heard and watched them being performed. All that shines through in this book, and I found him, the book and his way of writing to be motivational, an inspiration and a joy to read. From Open All Hours to The Darling Buds of May to his starring roles as Detective Inspector Frost in A Touch of Frost and, of course, Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter in Only Fools and Horses. I do not mind admitting that I read A Del of a Life - Lessons I've Learned by David Jason (real name Sir David John White) with more than a little trepidation.

In celebration of Sir David Jason's 80th year, 'A Del of a Life' relives Jason's extraordinary life and career from over 50 years in entertainment. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others.A Del of a Life' is a delightful autobiographical recounting from the esteemed actor David Jason, a man who has held a special place in my heart ever since a chance meeting during my school years.

Even during the festive season, three generations of my family would sit around the TV set to watch and enjoy Only Fools and Horses' Christmas Special. I’ve been blessed to play characters such as Derek Trotter, Granville, Pop Larkin and Frost, who have changed my life in all sorts of ways, and taught me lessons that go far beyond the television set. And if they don’t… well, hopefully, at the very least you’ll get to have a good old laugh at my expense. When David Jason emerged, he graciously signed not only my keepsake, but also the letter from my parents, etching the memory deep in my heart. This book is a treasure trove of delightful tales for fans of David Jason or captivating autobiographies.Only Fools and Horses is something I have turned to so many times when I needed a pick me up, a laugh, something to give you the kick up the backside to get on with it and give it a shot. From a trainee electrician to one of Britain’s most revered and loved actors, Jason shares heartfelt and hilarious wisdom with readers on subjects ranging from family to work, resilience to ebullience. Fortunately, during my life and career I have been given all sorts of advice and learned huge amounts from some great and enormously talented people. In celebration of Sir David Jason’s 80th year, ‘A Del of a Life’ relives Jason’s extraordinary life and career from over 50 years in entertainment.

And I’ve worked a few things out for myself as well, about friendship, ambition, rejection, success, failure, adversity and fortune. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. With any luck, some of these thoughts and observations will chime with episodes and challenges you have faced, or are facing, in your own life.

One sunny morning, with a letter of consent from my parents tucked away, I found myself standing near the set of 'A Touch of Frost. An hour of tai chi first thing in the morning, an HIIT work-out with my personal trainer, a bowl of steamed kale and a handful of almonds for lunch, and then two hours of yoga in the afternoon followed by an ice bath - this is a routine which I'm sure would work miracles for anyone of any age, although I can't be entirely sure because I haven't myself adopted any aspect of it at any point.

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