Don’t Put Yourself on Toast

A memoir

by Freddy Taylor

  • Published: 14 Apr 2022
  • Price: 12.99
  • Format: Hardback
  • Extent: 198p
  • ISBN: 9781780725277
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“A book close to my heart. A tragicomic triumph told with love and humour, revealing how out of darkness comes so much light.” TOM DALEY

“A startling debut… This book will make you want to hold everyone you love close, reminding you that life may be fleeting but the people in it never are.” ESQUIRE MAGAZINE’S BEST BOOKS OF 2022

When Freddy was 21 years old, his dad, a larger-than-life, successful TV producer, was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a particularly aggressive type of brain cancer.

In vivid snapshots, Freddy recalls the ups and downs of an impossible time – from the entertaining antics of a wine-gum tossing competition in a hospital ward, to the comi-tragedy of trying to decipher his father’s muddled riddles as his speech disintegrates, to painful moments of regret and self-loathing as he squanders precious time.

Don’t Put Yourself on Toast is a bittersweet coming-of-age memoir which shows how the power of humour and laughter can provide, even in our darkest moments, sustenance, comfort and hope.

“'Good grief! I knew this book would make me cry. I just didn't expect to laugh so much. Witty, warm, sad. A book about a father and son, who became brothers in arms.'”
Lara Prendergast, The Spectator
“'An utterly fresh, unconventional memoir about realising what is important in life - and seizing it while it is still there.'”
Iona McLaren, The Telegraph
“'It takes quite a talent to make a reader smile and cry at the same time. This is exactly what Freddy Taylor manages to do in Don't Put Yourself on Toast. This book is light and deep, funny and sad, but, essentially, full of love.'”
Sonia Delesalle-Stolper, Libération

About Freddy Taylor

Freddy Taylor was brought up next to the ugly white roundabout in Wandsworth, London. Now 32, he lives in Stockwell and works as a creative director at an advertising agency. This is his first book.