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Something I Said
By Ben Bailey Smith
Published By

Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN 9781526628688
Children's Genre yrs 9-11
Publication Date 10/06/2021
Price 6.99
Paperback Hyperlink https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/something-i-said-9781526628688
Ebook Hyperlink https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/something-i-said-9781526628695


For thirteen-year-old Carmichael Taylor, life is one big joke – in a good way. He just can’t understand why no one else seems to find everything as funny as he does.

When Car is filmed stumbling into performing a piece of hilarious stand-up at the school talent show – targeting his family, school and friends – the footage ends up creating international infamy. But with the promise of fame and fortune comes trouble, and it’s up to Car to decide what or who he’s willing to risk to chase his comedy dream.

Get ready to laugh at life with this heart-warming, unashamedly honest and hilarious look at family, friendship and what really matters.

Authors Biography

Ben Bailey Smith began his career as a rapper known as Doc Brown before diversifying and moving into mainstream TV and film acting, stand-up comedy, screenwriting and children’s books. He has a host of notable television performances under his belt, including roles in Law & Order and Miranda as well as the British CBBC TV show 4 O’Clock Club.


‘Fantastically, gloriously funny’ Katherine Rundell, author of The Explorer

‘It’s hard not to be endeared by Car and his attempts to find fame and happiness – only to realise it might have been at home all along. It’s not the most groundbreaking or unique story out there, but it still makes for a fun read’ Independent

‘If you’re looking for a laugh, look no further than Something I Said by Ben Bailey Smith’ Scotsman

Leave a comment about this book:


  1. I read Ben Smith’s something I said over a couple of nights snd concluded that anyone who has ever been to school should read it. I laughed my way through all the fun snd truism in the book.

    Thank you Ben

  2. Bought this book for my nephew (10yrs old) & he loved it. He is an avid reader but knows what he likes & doesn’t & is pretty critical if he doesn’t like something, however he didn’t stop talking about this book & thanking me for buying it. Looking forward to more from Ben Bailey-Smith.

  3. My 10 year old daughter has been glued to this book since she got it as a party favour from a friend. She has lots of books and usually needs a bit of a nudge but not with this one .
    I would recommend .

  4. Can’t wait to read this!

  5. Fantastically funny and innocent book

  6. What an enjoyable read

  7. Hilarious, witty and the perfect blend of smartarseness and likeability – are those even words?!? Love it.

  8. Great effort. Let’s hope it gets the recognition it deserves.

  9. Very entertaining.

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