Russell Kane announces memoir Son Of A Silverback

Friday 23rd August 2019, 1:51pm

  • Russell Kane has written his first memoir
  • Son Of A Silverback recounts his growing up with a very alpha-male father
  • The book will be published on Halloween
Russell Kane.

Russell Kane's new memoir is due to be published this Autumn.

The debut non-fiction book from the comedian has been acquired by Penguin Random House company Transworld, which is planning publication in hardback, eBook and audiobook formats on Thursday 31st October.

They tease: "In this hilarious and searingly honest book, Russell tells his story of a life lived under the rule of his alpha male father, Dave."

The book's blurb explains: "The Silverback is considered the undisputed king, a creature whose authority is never challenged and who does not yield to compromise. He walks proudly, feeds greedily, grafts tirelessly, mates voraciously, swears constantly and is threatened all too easily. The Silverback is known to nestle in the misty peaks of central Africa but can also be found in Barking, Essex. Meet Dave Kane, the disappointed, steroid-ingesting, metal-wielding, bouncer father of slight, effete Gamma Male, Russell Kane.

"This is a story about fathers and sons, class and education and how one scrawny, sensitive, fake-tan-applying 'ponce' stepped out of his father's shadow and became a man - whatever that means."

Transworld Editorial Director Michelle Signore says: "I've been a huge fan of Russell's stand-up for years and have wanted to publish a book by him for as long as I can remember. Russell is such a gifted storyteller - as well as delivering laughs on every single page, he deftly challenges preconceived notions about class, education and what it means to be a man and a father. Just like his stand up, his book absolutely fizzes with energy."

Russell Kane adds: "I spent the first part of my life grooming the silver back fur of the alpha male lump of meat who was my Essex Dad - Dave - of course, he was called Dave. It was as my mate Steve was weeing himself laughing as I re-told him the story of my Dad smashing up a boiled egg because it wasn't cooked right, that I thought, hang on - hang on a second, I've got an interest only mortgage - even if carry on gigging for another 25 years till I'm like Ken Dodd on caffeine, I've still got a debt-hole looming. Need to write a book. Sod it. Dad'll do."

Russell Kane - Son Of A Silverback is now available to pre-order.


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Russell Kane - Son Of A Silverback

Russell Kane - Son Of A Silverback

From one of Britain's most popular and prolific comedians comes a hilarious and deeply moving memoir of life lived under the rule of a 'Silverback' dad.

The Silverback is considered the undisputed king, a creature whose authority is never challenged and who does not yield to compromise. He walks proudly, feeds greedily, grafts tirelessly, mates voraciously, swears constantly and is threatened all too easily. The Silverback is known to nestle in the misty peaks of central Africa but can also be found in Barking, Essex. Meet Dave Kane, the disappointed, steroid-ingesting, metal-wielding, bouncer father of slight, effete Gamma Male, Russell Kane.

This is a story about fathers and sons, class and education and how one scrawny, sensitive, fake-tan-applying 'ponce' stepped out of his father's shadow and became a man - whatever that means.

First published: Thursday 31st October 2019

  • Publisher: Bantam Press
  • Pages: 288
  • Catalogue: 9781787632141

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