By Derren Brown
Brilliant, hilarious and entirely unlike anything else I have ever listened to before on Audible, Confessions of a Conjuror, read by Derren Brown himself, was a complete and utter joy.
This is not strictly an autobiography but more a combination of a collection of personal stories, comedic observations, and magic tricks. Derren Brown has a writing style like no other celebrity, or possibly anyone since the days of Dickens and Melville, as the book is told through the intricate process of performing a single magic trick, using the minute observations and feelings experienced throughout performing this trick to Segway into amusing anecdotes, self-help tips, and embarrassing confessions.
Each of us is leading a difficult life, and when we meet people we are seeing only a tiny part of the thinnest veneer of their complex, troubled existences.
To practice anything other than kindness towards them, to treat them in any way save generously, is to quietly deny their humanity.
I have retained a belief that it is the popular sporty kids at school who grow up to have the least interesting lives, and the unhappy young souls who develop into the most extraordinary adults.
Whoever heard of a creative genius being understood as a child and well loved by his class mates? Who like to imagine an artist who emerged into adulthood content with his lot? And, conversely, how satisfying to hear that almost without exception, the untroubled, popular kids at school have ended up blandly as accountants, solicitors or ‘in IT’.
Hold on, misfits, your day will come.