Monday 10 January 2022

Trotter, Derek "Del Boy" "He Who Dares"

Trotter, Derek "Del Boy" (Family of John Sullivan) "He Who Dares" - 2015

Last month, the subject for our Xanadu reading challenge was i.a. a comic novel or book of short stories, a biography or autobiography of a famous comedian or comic actor. So, I chose this one that had been on my TBR pile for a while since I wanted to wait until we finished the series on TV.

If you are British, you certainly have watched "Only Fools and Horses" and know all the stories about Del Boy (played by the fantastic David Jason), his brother Rodney (also called Dave), their grandfather and uncle Albert and their friends Trigger, Denzil, Boycie, Marlene, Mike, Mickey Pearce and many more. If you haven't watched this, you have missed out on a lot and certainly should start watching it ASAP. Here's a little glimpse of what you can expect on YouTube: Del Boy Falls Through the Bar.

Well, if that doesn't make you want to see more, I don't know what will.

John Sullivan was an English scriptwriter and he created "Only Fools and Horses" and all those lovely characters (and many other series). Unfortunately, he died at age 64, otherwise I am sure there would have been more great shows.

Well, his family has published Del Boy's "biography", "written by himself". (Obviously, we have no idea who wrote this because Del Boy doesn't exist and his creator wasn't alive anymore.) Here, he explains in his usual charming way and his impeccable French (sarcasm) how his life went. As amusing as the television series. If you love the British sense of humour, this is for you, the book AND the series.

From the back cover:

"International playboy and entrepreneur Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter knew from a young age that he was destined for greatness. He Who Dares is his no-holds-barred account of his dreams and schemes on the long and winding road to becoming a millionaire (and the short and straight one back to being potless)."


  1. We don't get to see him over here in the U.S., I don't think. Seems like an interesting biography though.

    1. Maybe not. I didn't grow up in the UK, so didn't get to see him until most of his shows were old. But he is a great actor, maybe you can find something somewhere on Netflix or so.

      In any case, this book is a biography of the character he plays, I have also read David Jason's biography and his book about the series. They are both wonderful.

  2. LOVED 'Only Fools..' in the original and re-runs too. SO funny. VERY clever too.

    1. We loved it so much that we went ahead and bought the whole series. So, we can watch it any time we want. LOL