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Im Only In It for the Parking AS HEARD ON RADIO 4'S 'ABILITY' 'A truly eye opening book from a fantastic comedian' ADAM KAY 'Comedy genius The funniest book I've read in years' DAVID WALLIAMSLee Ridley won the hearts and minds of the nation on Britain's Got Talent Now the much loved comedian opens up about what it's like to be him I'm Only In It for the Parking is a wonderful romp through Lee's extraordinary life by way of the people who like to pray for him the comparisons with Stephen Hawking some perilous falls some epic fails and information about Lee's private life than you probably needThis is the wickedly funny story of the stand up who struggles to stand up but who learns to finds his feet The Geordie without the accent The entertainer who really can't speak at all but who has something important to say 'Hilarious' The Sun 'A uniue and brilliant comic voice' Ross Noble

10 thoughts on “Im Only In It for the Parking

  1. Louise Wilson Louise Wilson says:

    I first saw Lee on Britain's Got Talent and I liked him on first sight He has Cerebral Palsy and he lost his voice so he has to use an electronic talker to speak for him He is a very clever and funny guy who's not afraid to make fun of his disability He came on stage wearing a tee shirt that resembled a disabled parking ticket with the slogan I'm only in it for the parking At the end of each chapter he tells us about uestions he freuently gets asked my jaw dropped at a couple of them A lovely book from a lovely guyLibrary book

  2. Stephen Clynes Stephen Clynes says:

    Lee Ridley is also known as Lost Voice Guy a comedian who won 2018's Britain's Got Talent Lee developed cerebral palsy as a baby and communicates using an iPad Lee is also a writer but this is his first bookI enjoyed reading this memoir which Lee has written at the age of 38 I found his gentle humour an easy and entertaining read for exampleWhen I was little my parents sat me down and explained to me that I couldn't talk like other people I thought I was really special Then I realized that every Geordie child had the exact same conversation I liked how Lee explained his disability and the daily challenges it gives him for exampleMy general physical movements are also pretty restricted I'm shit at bending down and picking up stuff off the floor so I can't shop at Primark or at reaching up and getting anything off a high shelf so I can't buy any porn As long as I shop where everything is at eye level I'm sorted I also liked how Lee explained at length how he lived from day to day and dealing with the many obstacles in his way I found this book great for increasing disability awareness within the able bodied population I liked how frank and self deprecating Lee is with his story I liked how he explained his stage name using his talker software and the many life skills he uses to gain a great deal of independence in his daily life Lee also writes about other things that are important to him like education receiving inappropriate presents and accessible hotel rooms There are not many stand alone jokes in this book those are reserved for his stage shows The best I read in this book was short and sweetI started off in a disabled Steps tribute band We were called RampsBut the main humour in this book is about the amusing things he came across along the way like going horse riding at a Disabled Riding Centre and being given a horse with just one eye Lee has also had much fun with leaving Post It notes hidden in hotel rooms I also liked the attitude throughout this book and Lee came across as down to earth and mature for exampleNone of us wants to be left on the shelf in the great big dating supermarket of life The one where the most desirable people have already been taken the cheapest have been used and brought back for a refund and the rest of us just sit there like Tesco own brand red sauce not as tasty and hardly ever picked up So all in all I found this book both enlightening and entertaining You do not have to be a fan of his comedy stage shows to enjoy this book I think I'm Only in it for the Parking is a GOOD read and it gets 4 stars from me I got a lot from this memoir and I think that disabled people will be glad that Lee has taken the trouble to share his experiences with the public Lee explained very well how disabled people differ so much from other disabled people even with the same condition Add to this the many people who have invisible disabilities Disabled passengers present everyday to board and travel on coaches for long distance travel so it is important for drivers to remember that one size does not fit all and to treat each passenger as a first date Drivers should not take disabilities for granted and what most disabled passengers want is the ability to travel with independence and for drivers not to make a fuss

  3. Hannah Hannah says:

    I have been meaning to read this book for ages and I am so glad I finally got around to it Lee is funny and refreshing and is also educating people about living with a disability I enjoyed the FAs at the end of each chapter and how it highlighted the need for disability awareness and accessibility in everyday life As a speech and language therapy student I also nerded out at the section ‘an apology to my speech therapist’ and the mention of thickener and the ‘splash zone’ as well as learning about the app that Lee uses to communicate Lee is a great comedian and I look forward to attending another one of his shows after this pandemic

  4. Emilie Emilie says:

    I found this book on the Storytel app and decided to start listen I hadn't heard of Lee Ridley before but I needed something funny to listen to so why not try it It was an interesting listen and a good mix of humour and serious It was almost a year ago I listened to it so I don’t have the best memory of it But it’s good to have people tell their story even though people with disabilities do not need to be stand up comedians or athletes in order to be valued

  5. Jess Travers Jess Travers says:

    I saw Lost Voice Guy perform at my university for an annual Speech and Language Therapy student conference I primarily bought this book to support him he came across as a lovely person who deserves recognition I would describe this book as an easy breeze read You get an insight into Lee’s life; what living and working with a disability in current society is actually like Sprinkled with some cheeky jokes I really enjoyed this book

  6. Lynda Baylem Lynda Baylem says:

    Brilliant Such an amazing guyThis book should be reuired reading by those responsible for ‘Euality Diversity’ ‘Eual rights for all’ those in society who should be making ‘reasonable adjustments’ so that a ‘level playing field’ can be created for all to follow their aspirational goals and dreams

  7. Tony Tony says:

    Loved this one Laughed out loud many a time which is a touch ironic if you think about itLee's a stand up who won Britain's Got Talent in 2018 Right from the off there was a twinkle of gittery and a degree of call out craft in his lines that made me and evidently a shedload of other people around the country as he won the show by popular vote think he had the goodsWhen not appearing on national TV of course like most comics he's a little less tame a little less safe and a little free to be a full on stand up which just opens him up to a traditional comedy geek audienceLee's got cerebral palsy so the whole 'getting about the place' thing is a bit of an embuggerance and he can't speak which is why he performs as 'Lost Voice Guy' but he has a way of getting his views hears through an iPad and a speech synthesizer appI'm Only In It For The Parking is a jaunty and never too in depth autobiography of his path to recognition as a stand up And while he's particularly vocal about not being 'inspiration porn' there's an element of 'good on ya' ness that's inevitable because he was raised to believe he could just give stuff a go rather than to view his disability as a reason why he couldn't do certain stuff there's a hilarious bit in this book for instance about how his parents keen to get him into sports took him skiing as a kid Fuck cerebral palsy get the planks of wood on your feetBut that attitude of 'Sod it let's have a go eh?' reappears time and again here uietly ordinarily smashing the living daylights out of the collective sympathetic head tilt of a society that believes it gets to set the boundaries of what people with disabilities can or should be allowed to doUniversity yep Festivals yep Driving yep at least until he was also diagnosed with epilespy which is a disualifier as he says 'It's like the universe thought I wasn't uite disabled enoughThanks for that'Ridley's story isn't some worthy tale of overcoming physical issues he does but of course that's the everyday story of everyone who HAS physical issues His is the story of a bloke who went out and did stuff but it's told in a way that's fantastically funny stories of playing in the woods behind his house as a kid and falling over and being able neither to get back up nor call for help are actually rendered funny as hell Stories of him reading Stephen Hawking books over someone's shoulders and programming his app to Hawking along with the reader are properly gittish Stories of a disabled riding school where he was given a one eyed horse will make you roar 'We liked each other but our relationship was doomed to failure he couldn't see where to go and I couldn't tell him'Studded among all this are two cool countdowns one of his comedy influences and the other of all the uestions of which he's by now heartily sick from 'Are you drunk mate?' to 'Socan you have sex?' to 'Should I pray for you?' His responses to all of those uestions are pretty freakin' funny too as well as showing the kind of thing some people still apparently think it's reasonable to say to people with disabilitiesAs I say loved this one and would recommend it to everyone who loves a laugh

  8. Jane Jane says:

    I purchased this book a while ago sorry Lee but on a spa weekend I found on my Kindle and I read this in one go I grew up with schools being called special people called spastic my mothers fear of Down Syndrome and sadly her view this would have been the end of the world I think back if I had been disabled I would not have had the chances or the love that Lee hadOn another note I had no idea Lee came from the north East so when I got to the part where Lee had attend Barbra priestman school in Sunderland I said to my husband Lee went to the school our friend has worked at for years and is praising this school and yes readers she does remember Lee so gladSadly in this day and age there is still not enough disabled people in media I watched The Last Leg by accident and so glad I have as this was breakthrough comedy alsoThis autobiography is inspirational and I was heard in the spa laughing so much Lee tells his story warts and all which all added to this comedy genius who was a comedian in his own right before BGT but that was the icing on the cakeI did not watch BGT but have seen Lee on the Last Leg I am hoping he gigs in Tewkesbury or Cheltenham

  9. Claire Swain Claire Swain says:

    I abouselty loved this bookI first saw Lee on BGT and I Immediately became a fan I was so pleased when he won the competition I have been trying to see one of his gigs ever since but sadly have not been able to due to distance and no wheel chair spaces left not Lee's fault Yet for my birthday I was surprised with tickets for Lee's gig in October 2019 and I am very excited to see him liveLee has wrote such a brilliant and honest book I really enjoyed learning about Lee's life and his comedy genius was shown throughout He also picked up on very Important issues regarding how disabled people are seen and treated today For example some disabled people can be famous athletes which is great but for some of us who can only just manage basic daily living due to the severity of our disability are seen as a burden or lazy Overall I truly enjoyed reading this book and I highly recommend anyone to read this and to watch Lost Voice Guy's Comedy

  10. Lindsay Lindsay says:

    We fell in love with Lost Voice Guy in Britain’s Got Talent and in this his first autobiography Lee Ridley opens up about his life in an open and honest view of life as a comic and how his trials and tribulations of living with a disability This book feels like a good friend telling you a story and will make you laugh out loud in places but throughout tells the story of an amazing comic who just happens to be disabled but ultimately is just a very funny guy dealing with real life in the only way he knows how

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