#Blogtour Some Old Bloke by Robert Llewellyn @bobbyllew @unbounders @annecater #RandomThingsTours

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Some Old Bloke by Robert Llewellyn  Unbound November 1st 2018

When writer, comedian and Red Dwarf actor Robert Llewellyn’s son scrawled a picture of him at Christmas and titled it ‘Some Old Bloke’, Robert was cast deep into thought about life and what it means to be a bloke and an old one at that.

In this lighthearted, revealing and occasionally philosophical autobiography, we take a meandering route through Robert’s life and career: from the sensitive young boy at odds with his ex-military father, through his stint as a hippy and his years of arrested development in the world of fringe comedy, all the way up to the full-body medicals and hard-earned insights of middle age.

Whether he is waxing lyrical about fresh laundry, making an impassioned case for the importance of alternative energy or recounting a detailed history of the dogs in his life, Robert presents a refreshingly open and un-cynical look at the world at large and, of course, the joys of being a bloke.

My review

Robert Llewellyn is better known for playing Kryten in the long running TV series Red Dwarf, a series that shot him and its other cast members to instant TV fame, but who is the man behind Kryten, what makes him tick?

What makes Llewellyn tick was not straightforward, indeed he came across as quite a complex character, one with hidden depths, and a sensitivity that I didn’t quite expect.

You expect some actors to come across as self absorbed and full of themselves but this was not Llewellyn in fact he appeared quite modest and unassuming, and that came across very clearly in his writing.

Essentially, yes Some Old Bloke is about LLewellyn but it had so much more, it was like reading a history of British comedy in the 80’s and 90’s, a social commentary on the state of Britain and that time and how he fitted into it, what his views were. He didn’t thrust his political views down my throat but made considered observations, and told us how it influenced his own role as comedian throughout the years.

What I didn’t realise before reading, Some Old Bloke was how active Llewellyn was and still is in environmental and green issues. Now, reading about the evolution of electric powered cars and the size of batteries needed to power them could be a little dry, but it was actually hugely informative and fascinating, and it did make me wonder why more of us are not using them. I was even more interested in the use of solar panels to generate electrical energy for the everyday household, less money to give to greedy energy companies!

The majority of Some Old Bloke is quite serious, raising some very interesting issues, but it also showed the very human side of Lllewellyn, his girlfriends, his wife and his children who he obviously adores. He was searingly honest and some parts may raise a few eyebrows, yet I found it refreshing to read about someone who wasn’t afraid to lay themselves bare for all to see.

I did worry that Some Old Bloke would be a purely blokish book, and to some extent it was, but I can honestly say that it had something for everyone. Not least was his time as presenter of Scrap Heap Challenge which was essential Sunday night viewing in our household. I loved reading how the programme was made and how hard everyone worked to make the show such a huge success. I did wonder if it could perhaps make a come back, it would be so apt for today’s upcycling society!

There were also many instances in the book when I found myself laughing out loud, the story of Ruffage the dog being the highlight and I defy anyone not to find it funny.

Some Old Bloke had everything and more. It was an honest, funny and refreshing portrayal of a man who finally seemed at ease with himself, and his life, and one who I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know via the pages of his book.

I would like to thank Unbound for a copy of Some Old Bloke to read and review and to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.

About the author
Robert Llewellyn

Robert Llewellyn is an actor, novelist, screenwriter, comedian and TV presenter. He drives an electric car and writes under a rack of solar panels in Gloucestershire.

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