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Omid Djalili's childhood was unconventional, to say the least. He was raised in a beautiful, chaotic, cramped, colorful, and legally dubious guesthouse where his parents fed and watered Iranian nationals flocking to the UK for medical treatment on the NHS. Over 20 years, almost 2000 "cousins" passed through the Djalili's doors, and the young Omid played translator to each.Omid Djalili's childhood was unconventional, to say the least. He was raised in a beautiful, chaotic, cramped, colorful, and legally dubious guesthouse where his parents fed and watered Iranian nationals flocking to the UK for medical treatment on the NHS. Over 20 years, almost 2000 "cousins" passed through the Djalili's doors, and the young Omid played translator to each. Although these years taught him a lot about the rich tapestry of life, this parenting by committee led to a slightly checkered school career which saw Omid taking his A levels a record six times, and eventually fake his own university entrance papers. Desperate to be free of his cramped living quarters he escapes to the University of Ulster, where he lives a life of wonderful solitude. Full of the warmth and intelligence that makes Omid such a successful comedian and sought-after actor, this memoir takes us on an incredible and laugh-out-loud funny journey through an unusually British life....

Title : Hopeful
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ISBN : 9781472218612
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Hopeful Reviews

  • Bettie☯
    2019-03-29 01:47

    BOTWDescription: Comedian and actor Omid Djalili is one of Britain's funniest men. His memoirs take us through his unconventional childhood growing up in an Iranian household in London and chart his progression from serious acting into comedy.It's a laugh-out-loud, intelligent and deeply touching journey through a fascinating life.In today's episode, Omid recalls occasions when he's provoked laughter for all the wrong reasons.Writer and Reader ..... Omid DjaliliAbridger ..... Lu KempProducer ..... Kirsty WilliamsA BBC Scotland Production for BBC Radio 4A memoir is only enticing if the personality is known to one.

  • Scot Haynes
    2019-04-13 02:28

    A very funny and entertaining read. Thank you Omid.

  • Samuel Tyler
    2019-04-07 06:54

    I will admit that I am an autobiography fan, often reading books written by people I know little about. If they are a comedian or sports person who seems to had an interesting life, I will give their book a go. ‘Hopeful’ by Omid Djallili is a prime example of this. Djallili is a comedian I recognise, but know little about, but his autobiography sounded interesting and it was. Being raised in the UK, but with Iranian heritage, makes Djallili’s path an interesting one. You can read on the pages how his past created the man. It was interesting to see how his family home was often full of ill Iranian people who came over to the UK for treatment. Having to chaperone people to hospital and translate for them as a youngster could really change your outlook on life.The reason that ‘Hopeful’ works is not because of the level of fame that Djallili has achieved, but the fact that he is a very personable writer. The book has little on the later years of his life and instead concentrates mostly on the years before fame struck. This is probably born from necessity as tbh his level of fame has not reached that much height, so his stories may have been limited. Thankfully, he manages to bring to life the manic upbringing – something that feels like it could be a future sitcom.Djallili feels like somewhat of a happy go lucky chancer and this comes across in his writings and his tales. He is obviously unable to believe his own good fortune, so you find it hard to begrudge him getting into university, despite falsifying his grades. From being a child, to being an adult, Djallili seems to live with his head in the clouds. This in turn leads to a book light on celebrity gloss, but heavy in heart and warmth.

  • Nick Hazlewood
    2019-04-04 09:38

    A really inspiring story always warm and easy to read with touching stories and some amazing funny stories that leave you with that "at least it's not just me that stuff happens to feeling". Maybe a little bit more on how Omid copes with his current family life would have been interesting you find yourself wondering about him now, there didn't seem to be much on his real break through as a comedian but some great anecdotes about his times on set on The Mummy and Gladiator. I read the Kindle edition and the photographs appear at the end part of me thinks they should maybe have interrupted the text but actually after reading the story it was quiet poignant putting names to faces and wondering..."what happened to all that hair!"Still an easy read and evidence of how you can live a life doing something different...The book leaves you wanting more and since he's not dead yet I look forward to a sequel!

  • Simon Zohhadi
    2019-04-06 06:39

    I am also British-Iranian (English mother & Persian father). So Omid's autobiography has some relevance. Although I am much funnier (typical Iranian bullshit !) than Omid. I have both the book and the audiobook version. He reads his own autobiography and his rendition is very good and amusing, who could have done it better ? I have also seen him live at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith; he was very funny. Perhaps he could have written more about his comedy act and career as this is what he is most famous for; he writes more about his acting. For somebody (me) who has finally decided to learn Farsi, there are also some Persian words thrown in in the earlier chapters. Omid proves that Iranians do have a good sense of humour which is a good thing in the current climate. Rule Britannia & Long Live Iran. Recommended.

  • Kelly
    2019-04-11 01:46

    'Hopeful' was not just your usual listing of life-events, but a well thought-out and almost analytical look back at Omid's life, his passions, influences and heroes. I vastly enjoyed the anecdotes, but at the same time found that by about 75% through, I was starting to get a bit 'hopeful' that the end would come soon.Worth a read for any diehard Omid fans, and actually, fans of the acting/comedy/show business industry, but for the casual reader like myself, maybe not an entirely gripping read.

  • Akhlaq
    2019-04-11 06:48

    It’s a book that I found slow paced and difficult to get into until the end of the book when Omid details his journey into Hollywood - the roles in the Mummy and his awkward introduction to Russell Crowe were funny! His battle for Annabel’s affection; his unfortunate, embarrassing incidents; his busy home life do make for heart-warming reading. But there are passages in the book which aren’t as entertaining as they seem to have been put in as page fillers such as his journey through Czechoslovakia.

  • Lynrose
    2019-04-08 06:54

    I'd heard Omid Djalili interviewed on the radio and decided to read his autobiography as a result. There were episodes that were skimmed over that it would have been interesting to have had in more detail. It was a bit strange because I know him mainly as a comedian but the book reveals him as primarily an actor with very little about his stand up career. His self-belief and persistence are outstanding. I learnt quite a lot about Iran. On the whole though I was disappointed by this book.

  • Laurhia (readsalot)
    2019-04-06 06:29

    I am not a big reader of autobiographies but this book has opened my eyes as to how good they can be. I highly recommend, the book was honest but hilarious, emotionally open without being slushy and informative without being preachy. Well done Omid.

  • Stan
    2019-03-26 08:49

    Great people can come from anywhere , but most have at least visited Northern Ireland just to test their metal. A grand story . Can I ask if you are a Catholic Bahai or a Protestant Bahai ? Grand Stan

  • Nap
    2019-04-09 06:38

    A haphazard, bittersweet journey of a hopeless, lost daydreamer who is one of the very few among us like-minded souls that doggedly pursued and eventually fulfilled his life's aspirations. An enjoyable and at times, moving read. Hopeful indeed.

  • Matt
    2019-04-06 02:31

    Funny, surprising, heartwarming, heartbreaking and inspiring. 'Hopeful' is a book that every fan of Omid Djalili will want to read. It's a warm and engaging read that occasionally made this reader feel a little conspiratorial (in a good way). If you're a fan of Omid's work then don't hesitate!

  • Geoff Hudson-Searle
    2019-04-08 02:51

    Amazing memoir of Omid's life through diversity, adversity and life's challenges a very deep and connected read!