Max got into writing at university.
“My confidence to write came through other things,” he says. “I got into performing sketch and stand-up comedy. I loved that idea of taking something and performing it, and getting feedback from an audience. It felt great.”
He started his working life as a professional radio DJ on Absolute Radio. He was nominated for a coveted Sony Award.
Moving into stand-up comedy, he has since performed three solo shows, including My Groupon Adventure – the show which led to his debut.
“Writing a book felt like a natural progression. It felt a more intimate and authentic thing. The show, by its nature, has to be more punchy and gaggy.”
Recently Max has expanded into playwriting. ‘The Trunk,’ his one man show, was a critical hit at the Edinburgh Festival this year.
Who is Max Dickins
Date of birth: 13th November, 1987.
Education: St Paul’s School, London. Leeds University: politics and philosophy.
Home: South London.
Family: Girlfriend Camilla, an actress, parents Jonathan and Belinda, siblings Ben and Louisa.
The Day Job: Writer Performer.
Interests: Cricket; improvisation; cooking.
Favourite Writers: Richard Holmes; Julian Barnes; Woody Allen
Second Novel: World Champion. “I’ve got to become a world champion in something in the next year, before my 30th birthday. It will probably be for something obscure like wife carrying.”
Top Tip: “Don’t judge your ability on the first draft. You deserve oscillation between thinking you are a genius, and believing you are rubbish. The secret is to write 1,000 drafts.”
Web: www.maxdickins.com Twitter: @maxdickins
The Debut: My Groupon Adventure: Unbound: €15.26.Kindle: €10.92
When Max was dumped by his girlfriend he felt rootless. He was also bored. Deciding it was time to try something new, he bought a deal on Groupon. And then another one. Before he knew it, Groupon became an addiction. In one of the most zany challenges, he wrestled with a crocodile.
By the end of the 18 months, his life enhanced, Max’s had met someone new.
“The process of writing is about self-discovery. The book is about the oxygenating effect of taking on new experiences.”
The Verdict: This is more than just a funny account of a madcap challenge; coming from an authentic experience, it is full of heart.
Published by The Irish Examiner on 17th December
© Sue Leonard 2016