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Me Cheeta: The Autobiography
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Cheeta starred alongside Johnny Weissmuller in the Tarzan movies of the 30s and went on to have a long and successful career in the movies until retiring in 1967. He now lives in the C.H.E.E.T.A. Primate Foundation in Palm Springs, California, where he is looked after by his carer Dan Westfall. At 75 years old, he holds the record as the World's Oldest Chimpanzee.

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'Easily my favourite book of the year...funny scandalous and moving.' Kathryn Hughes, Mail on Sunday (Books of the Year)

'It's the book everyone's talking about, a book that makes you gaffaw out loud.' Evening Standard (Books of the Year)

'A hilarious satire of memory and lore in Hollywood...Nabokovian, only hairier'.' Joseph O'Neill, Guardian

'Even though Cheeta has no morals or manners and gives an extravagantly unreliable account of himself, the personality that leaps from these pages remains a more plausible construction than those offered (in other celebrity memoirs). This unquestionably is the gold glinting in the cloacal slurry. Any celebs hoping to crack next year's Christmas market should take note: look upon the work of the guy with the hairy ears and saggy scarlet bottom and despair.' Independent on Sunday (Books of the Year)

'Undoubtedly the year's best not-a-memoir-at-all...It's hard to conceive of anyone who'd like a biography for Christmas who wouldn't like a copy of this truly, horribly funny book.' Daily Telegraph (Books of the Year)

'It is a lovely way to look at the history of Hollywood, and probably more truthful than most accounts.' Spectator

`The literary equivalent of Cheeta's own "triple-back-flip-handclap-double-lip-flip-and-grin"...all of this delivered in glorious inventive prose. Whoever you are, I salute you!' Scotland on Sunday

'A hilarious book.' Sunday Times

'Me Cheeta may well be the finest Hollywood memoir ever written...right up there with the likes of David Niven.' Mail On Sunday

'Laugh-out-loud hilarious...also a moving tribute to the man who will forever be associated with the role of Tarzan.' Sunday Telegraph

`The most rollicking showbiz-memoir since David Niven's Bring on the Empty Horses...Me Cheeta is a satirical masterpiece.' Telegraph

'A unique, witty and magnificently bitchy Hollywood satire - and oddly touching to boot.' Metro (Books of the Year)

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