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Publisher's Summary

The Sunday Times Best Seller

James Acaster has been nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award five times and has appeared on prime-time TV shows like Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo and Russell Howard's Stand Up Central.

But behind the fame and critical acclaim is a man perpetually getting into trouble. Whether it's disappointing a skydiving instructor mid-flight, hiding from thugs in a bush wearing a bright red dress, or annoying the Kettering Board Games club, a didgeridoo-playing conspiracy theorist and some bemused Christians, James is always finding new ways to embarrass himself.

Appearing on Josh Widdicombe's radio show to recount these stories, the feature was christened 'James Acaster's classic scrapes'. Here, in his first book, James recounts these tales (including never-before-heard stories) in all their glorious stupidity.

©2017 James Acaster (P)2017 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

What the critics say

"James Acaster has a brilliant comic mind, crackling with energy every bit as much as his corduroy slacks." (Milton Jones)
"I don't think I've ever read a book that has made me cry with laughter as much as this one. It was very difficult reading it in public as I looked like a madman." (Richard Herring)

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Enjoyed the book very much! Love, James Acaster. 7 more words are required for this.

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If you enjoy James Acaster's comedy you will enjoy this book! I was not expecting to laugh out loud while listening. Great from start to finish!

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So funny!

This was great! I loved the stories and the delivery was great! this definately bridges some of the gaps if you watch him on variety shows.

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Hilarious; I will listen to this really really really really really good audiobook 1000 times!

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Great narration, from the author, as entertaining and sometimes laugh out loud moments are recalled.

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10/10 happy with my smile during that book.

This was an amazing book. Acaster brings us with him through some of his f*uck ups. Feels real, feels raw and it's so funny. I bought his other book right after! Love you James!

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I love James Acaster

Extra awesome that he reads the book. Can't go wrong with any of his standup or books. 11/11

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Funny as hell!

James has certainly lived a weird but wonderful life. Thank you for sharing with us.

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A total knee slapper

I absolutely enjoyed every minute of this audio book, James' comedy shined throughout the book. The self deprecation was truly appreciated and to this day I find myself going back and listening to my favorite chapters again and again. His delivery is spot on, I found myself having to pause every once and a while because I was laughing so hard. One day I hope he does a re-rendition of La la la la Humpty.

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Embarrassing to read in public.

I listed to James Acaster's Classic Scrapes while building a fence. At one point my neighbour popped outside to see if I was ok. Apparently, doubling over with laughter and tears streaming down my face was easily mistaken for serious distress. High praise for the author indeed!

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  • Brendan S.
  • 2018-01-31

Tales worth listening to.

This is a book that I would argue is better listened to rather than read. Part of what makes James Acaster's scrapes so great to experience is the delivery of his memories. He's a great story teller, and while reading this would still be a true laugh, to hear him recount his awkward situation ridden life thus far is certainly the best way to experience them.

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  • Susan Thomas
  • 2018-09-27

Best book in the whole world ever!!

Laughed until I cried.

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  • Geoff in London
  • 2018-01-26

Bright and enjoyable

A pleasure to listen to. James sees the nuances of his goofy predicaments, and delivered a steady stream of smiles for me. His Northamptonshire accent has a rambling and mumbling lack of pretence, the opposite of the superior attitude of some comics who want you to know how clever they are.

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  • Kathryn English
  • 2018-05-14

Hilariously Honest and Endearing

I found James’s book after watching his comedy special Repertoire on Netflix and I’m so glad I did. I listened to it over a weekend road trip and was laughing out loud at the situations James found himself in.
As a twenty-something myself, I identified with James at that time in his life when he sought meaning and purpose and decided a good way to find that was by simply saying “yes.” James’s honest telling of his experiences, are framed as mistakes to be avoided. But they clearly shine as endearing examples (however cringe worthy they may be) of someone who isn’t afraid to try, to fail, and to be open to whatever life places in front of them.
There is also a very relatable dichotomy in someone who is too self-conscious to return to a restaurant or use a public toilet, but who will also put themself out there whether it be alone at karaoke, with an egg shaker in hand, or on stage performing comedy.

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  • Lauren Harvey
  • 2022-06-30

I would marry James Acaster so hard

Have had a crush on this man since seeing him at the Edin Fringe festival as an American teen. He is so charming and witty- the best storyteller. I listened to this book with a big dumb smile on my face and many strangers were charmed by how adorable I looked whilst enjoying life and the clever voice in my ears. Which was James Acaster.

Anyways, please listen to the book but don't marry James because I would sincerely like to.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2022-08-13

Love Acaster

I have never said something like this before, but I might could be James Acaster's biggest US fan. I love his mind. I watch any game show he's a guest on I can, and, obviously, any stand up he does. I found out about this book from an interview of his that I had watched. What a wonderful, hilarious, ridiculous and relateable, beautiful person. 1 billion stars and a chef's kiss. James, if you read this, I love your chaotic, genius work. I would love to high five you before I die.

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  • Steph Carlson
  • 2022-07-21

Hilarious

This book was amazing. James is so funny. It's a blessing that these wacky events happend to him because no one else could have made them all so incredibly gut busting. to James in adress to this book I say, Thank you and you are forgiven.

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  • Brandon Romero
  • 2022-03-23

Hilarious and Relatable

While not like most people's experiences all of the stories are relatable because we've all made impulsive mistakes that teach us a lesson. Acaster is a hilarious storyteller!

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  • MJCLAXDEN
  • 2021-11-24

Listen! Or Get Cabbaged!!!

I have become a James Acaster fan from his time on WILTY, the clips for which I have seen on YouTube and BritBox. He's the type of comedian that you get drawn to more and more and find him funnier and funnier the more you listen to him. I didn't know whether to laugh, feel sorry for him, or send him cabbage. In the end, I chose to write this glowing review.
Listen to this on a walk or while relaxing. Don't listen to it in a car because you need to pay enough attention to it to hear some of the daisy-chained events coming together over multiple chapters. More importantly, don't listen to it in a car that James Acaster is driving.
Seriously, I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you like UK humor, you'll love it too.

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  • amber caudell
  • 2021-11-17

Must read! Funny, witty, smart, insightful...classic Acaster

Recommend read for seasoned James Acaster fan or newcomer. His clever comedy is exceptional and his real life stories are even better...glad you survived to tell us about it James!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-01-26

hilarious, as usual

How can one not love james acaster? If you are about to purchase his book, it means you have heard about him and if you love his style, then this book delivers exactly on that. It gives you some insight into how his brain works, which is truly marvelous and fascinating, and he just has a way of telling stories that is hilarious. I only wish the book were longer, but then again, it would have meant more scrapes for him and that is not what I wish for him.

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  • Tesnime
  • 2021-02-12

amazing book!

This was absolutely amazing -- i was going through a harsh couple of weeks and honestly, this book made me laugh even when I didn't feel like laughing. James Acaster's stories are so outlandish they actually start to make sense, and the way he writes is absolutely brilliant. I will pick it back up again -- very soon.

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2019-01-24

Excellent !

If you love James Acaster, then you will love this audio book !

Surprisingly, most of the stories are not extravagant, almost mundane but James' delivery and amazing story-telling skills make them throughly enjoyable. I could not stop listening to this book !

If you have liked his some of his weird true stories on WILTY, then you will love this.

This book is amazing in itself, but having Acaster narrated it makes this a must-have.