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Nerd Do Well by Simon Pegg

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Even if you are not a fan of Simon Pegg, chances are you’ve seen in him in one of his movies – Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Run Fatboy, Run and, most recently, Paul. As a particular fan of his work, I was super-excited to see that he had written an auto-biography, but hesitant because the vast majority of biographies that I have read usually turn me off of that person. Happily, this is not one of those. Pegg has written a poignant, sweet, and funny tale of his life thus far.

Born into a middle-class family in western England, Pegg’s mother was an amateur actress and his father a musician, so his creative apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Growing up in the 1970’s and 80’s, he details his triumphs and tragedies, first loves and bromances, and throughout it all his adoration of science fiction and other nerdy pursuits. He even includes the autobiography he WISHED he could write, interspersed with the factual accounts, detailing his superhero-like prowess, rugged handsomeness and robotic sidekick.

I don’t believe this book will broaden Pegg’s appeal beyond those who are already fans – but if you are interested in reading more about him and his background, give this bio a try.

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