Nov 27, 2008

Chris Needs Aims for a Christmas Number One - again!

After his autobiography became the bests selling book in Wales last Christmas, Chris Needs is now publishing a second book – this time about his comic creation:
The Jenkins’s’s’s’s’s: Wales’s First Family, and aims for similar success. The hilarious escapades of the Jenkins’s’s’s’s are written through the diaries of the family’s matriarch, our Gladys, and will be published this week.

The revealing autobiography, Like It Is, published in 2007 by Y Lolfa told of Chris’s traumatic childhood, his showbiz and charity career as an accomplished pianist and vocalist, and his life more recently as an all-round celebrity.

However, this book is a completely different kettle of fish. In her riotous, humour-filled diaries, Gladys tells of her struggle to keep the family’s crazy, mixed-up lives together. Mam’s task isn’t easy though. Her husband Dai is work-shy, son Philllip has a handbag, daughter Shantelll is preggers and dog Christopher – or is it Christine? – has had puppies. Just as well Elsie next door is accommodating – she agreed to an adjoining door so they only pay one TV licence.

Follow the family from their humble beginnings in the valley community of Ponty Pantin to the sun-kissed Mumbles Bay and foreign parts (including Western Super Mare). Crammed full of outrageous valleys humour, this is an ideal Christmas treat for all of Chris’s fans – and anyone else who needs a good laugh. The book is illustrated with eye-catching colour cartoons by Mark Davies.

Chris Needs is a much loved radio presenter with a high profile thanks to his popular weeknight music and chat show on BBC Radio Wales. His cult fan club ‘The Garden’ has over 40,000 members worldwide.

See below for details of when you can catch Chris making personal appearances at book signings and events in the period leading up to Christmas.

Thursday 4 December 12.30-1.30 WH Smiths Merthyr Tydfil

Friday 5 December 11.30-12.30 WH Smiths Llanelli

Friday 5 December 2.00-3.00 Waterstones Carmarthen

Wednesday 10 December 12.00-12.45 WH Smiths Swansea

Wednesday 10 December 2.00-3.00 WH Smiths Neath

Thursday 11 December 12.00-1.00 WH Smiths Bridgend

Thursday 11 December 2.00-3.00 Waterstones Cardiff

Monday 15 December 1.00-2.00 Borders Cardiff

Wednesday 17 December 12.00-2.00 WH Smiths Pontypridd

Thursday 18 December 12.00-1.00 WH Smiths Caerphilly

Thursday 18 December 2.00-3.00 Waterstones Newport

Friday 19 December 12.00-1.00 Borders Fforestfach

Friday 19 December 2.00-3.00 Waterstones Swansea

Monday 22 December 1.00-3.00 Borders Llantrisant

Tuesday 23 December 11.00-1.00 Waterstones Abergavenny

Tuesday 23 December 2.00-3.00 WH Smiths Cwmbran

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