A Portrait of an Idiot as a Young Man

Part memoir, part explanation as to why men are so rubbish

by Jon Holmes

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When Jon Holmes became a father (twice), he was asked to fill in a form detailing his family medical history. Except he couldn't, because he has no idea who his family are. Born to an unnamed, unmarried mother and an unknown father and given up for adoption at four weeks old, Jon decided to document his own history, so that one day he could pass it on to his children.

It's a story of how boys grow up to become (stupid) men, of sexual misadventure, of being accidentally shot in the face, of spiders, a ghost, a fatally injured gerbil, American road trips that went wrong, becoming inadvertently locked in Graham Norton's toilet with an Oscar nominated screenwriter, being removed from Mrs Thatcher's vicinity by her security detail and having loving parents who did their best to bring up a child that wasn't theirs.

Part memoir, part hilarious insight into why men are so inept, this is the true story of how an unwanted baby in the Midlands went on to become a wanted man in the state of Texas, and everything that happened in between.

His children will never be allowed to read it.


  • Orion Publishing Group; August 2015
  • ISBN: 9781409129790
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  • Title: A Portrait of an Idiot as a Young Man
  • Author: Jon Holmes
  • Imprint: Orion
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About The Author

Steve Punt, Hugh Dennis and Jon Holmes are part of the writing team behind the ever-popular THE NOW SHOW broadcast on Radio 4. Their writing credits include THE MARY WHITEHOUSE EXPERIENCE, MOCK THE WEEK and strangely, THE IMAGINATIVELY TITLED PUNT AND DENNIS SHOW.

Follow Jon Holmes on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jonholmes1 and visit his website for more information www.jonholmes.net.

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  • 9781409129790