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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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A Whirling Dervish in Corduroy

I would very much enjoy hearing James Acaster talk about whirling dervishes in corduroy. I would enjoy listening to James Acaster talk about anything. He just has funny bones. #Audible1

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Scrapemaster Indeed

Each story is a wonderful, sincere and cringeworthy. Classic scrapemaster! If you are a comedy lover and want fantastically woven tales then this is the book for you.

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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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  • 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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  • Susan Thomas
  • 2018-09-27

Best book in the whole world ever!!

Laughed until I cried.

11 more words to meet requirements of this review. Thank you.

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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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  • sticks
  • 2019-01-07

Best book ever

Ready to listen and re-listen again and again and again. Acaster is a genius.

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  • Byl
  • 2018-12-24

This man is my spirit animal.

I have watched his stand up special a million times and so when I learned he had a book it was an instant by. No regrets. Well written and hilarious.

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  • A.R.
  • 2018-08-31

Amazing Voice, Entertaining Storytelling

A reviewer of the print book mentioned that they watched his TV appearances before reading the book so that they could imagine his voice reading it. The audiobook is the solution!

Completely charming.

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  • kaje
  • 2018-08-21

funny

he's hilarious I wish there was a follow-up book you will really enjoy this book if you like to laugh

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  • sean cordi
  • 2018-08-10

Such a Great story teller! Funny and transparent<br />

This book is so well written/performed I had a hard time pausing when it was time for work.
I found the stories so entertaining because they were just that, actual real life experiences. Not fairy tales but also surreal! Personally, I think the story where he stayed in a tent for 2 weeks sounded like the worst experience of all, even though admittedly the was a crazy series of scrapes, mishaps and hijinks.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-08-06

Bubble routine!

Not disappointed!
Boil the jug!
Classic Allister!
Shoulder pads.
Will reflect over this in the kitchen mirror.
Thank you Acaster!