Rated 4.89/5 based on 14 reviews
Brewed is the story of how a fat, poor kid with a big nose, from a council house in Essex ended up living and working on what used to be the famous Lipton's Tea Estate in the Pearl of the Indian Ocean.

Brewed is the personal journey of the author and demonstrates that starting out with nothing can often be a good way to learn the value of future riches to come. More
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About Joby Bottoms

Concentration is something that oranges do, so stop trying.

Instead, just listen and feel the natural flow of movement all around you. Then, once you've discovered that you're just a tiny spec in a huge universe and that your existence is really no more important than the leaf that blows gently in the wind beside you or the ant that crawls between your toes, raise your head towards the sky and laugh out loud.

Only then have you discovered meaning.

I do not claim to know much about anything but one thing I know for certain is that the best thing in life is to laugh uncontrollably until a little bit of pee comes out in your pants.


Review by: Julie East on March 27, 2013 :
This was an incredibly entertaining read!

Joby is testament to the fact that your upbringing does not need to define who you really are. Your parents may try and impose their views on you but if you have a good heart and an innate sense of right and wrong; you write your own story in life. I'm so glad that Joby wrote his - it was funny, happy, sad and thought provoking.

It is ultimately a tale of triumph over adversity - the best kind.

Looking forward to the next installment....
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: karTER ktelontour on June 06, 2012 :
Although we officially met Joby many years ago at his sister's (Tree’s) wedding, we didn't really get to know each other properly until he invited us to stay with him in Sri Lanka last year. It was one of the highlights of 2011 and we remember with great fondness our time with him at the tea plantation and while travelling around the country.

The book is an extension of the man himself; witty, generous, good natured, erudite, well spoken (and read) but above all, funny as fuck and we laughed until it hurt.

And his book is just as good.

We’d have given him the full five star rating, but everyone has already done so already and it might come across as a little contrived. Instead we award him four, and the only reason is that the book is far too short. Hopefully that will encourage him to write another, this time about his adventures abroad?

We’re already looking forward to it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Pat Webb on April 18, 2012 :
What an inspiring read, I laughed and cried, often at the same time. I really enjoyed it and I'm sure there must be more to come.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Toni Beszelzen on April 17, 2012 : (no rating)
Well my whole afternoon has been spent reading your book, I always knew you had a colourful & exciting life, I particularly loved the parts about your American adventure, something I've always wanted to do and will do with Jen, especially dolly wood & Graceland. Weldone truly awesome read. How sweet dedicating a chapter for Ben, I was wondering throughout the book when it was gonna come up. I then turned my cyber page and there it was, I had some great times with you both. Good luck with all that you do Joby xxx
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Nathaniel Davies on April 11, 2012 :
Very enjoyable. Abundent in humour, joy and sorrow. A bloody good read. An inspiring story. A journey i look forward to following wherever it ends up.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: terry blackman on March 11, 2012 :
A jolly good & entertaining read,inspiring to read how boy done good,out of the ghetto's of the Sarfend Hood...... :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Teresa Webb on Feb. 29, 2012 :
Laugh out loud moments, happy moments, poignant moments, and sad moments … a good read that shows despite where you come from, it’s up to you where you end up. A nothing ventured, nothing gained outlook which I am sure will take Joby on many further adventures.

I find I am in a bit of a disagreement with the author though – ‘Out of s… grows flowers’ – I believe that Joby and his siblings were always flowers not the s…! Perhaps the fertilizer used in his and his siblings’ upbringing created a need to grow away from this challenging start; although, as Joby says, there were plenty of good times. Despite not having the ideal nurturing that requires flowers to grow and prosper, it appears Joby hasn’t done so badly; and I am pretty certain that his siblings have done okay too.

I am looking forward to the next instalment … Drunk.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Michael Dempsey on Feb. 18, 2012 :
The author tells the story of a series of events, this is a good insight into how a young man called Joby who found he’s way through a challenging childhood in the 80’s-90’s and learnt through life’s experiences without much guidance how to get to a very good place.
Very well written for easy reading and a very Funny but at the same time sad in place's.
If you’re interested in people from different walks of life as I am you will find this is a very good and inspiring read. I look forward to the next chapter.

Michael Dempsey
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Donutsjb on Feb. 18, 2012 :
Well worth a read!!!!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Donutsjb on Feb. 18, 2012 : (no rating)
Superb read,I really enjoyed experiencing every emotion and in the back of my mind remembering some of the very special and funny moments we shared growing up. For anyone that doesn't know you joby once read they would be inspired by you. Well done babe!!!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Nathaniel Davies on Feb. 17, 2012 : (no rating)
In a nut shell, a job very very well done. I shed many tears, both of joy and sorrow. Mostly the former however, as the book is incredibly funny, much like the author. Your personality has shone through in your words and expression. Whilst reading 'Brewed' it felt as if you were there reading the story to me. I look forward to hearing more of the trials and tribulations of Joby Bottoms as he continues on his path towards what is shaping up to be quite an amazing journey through life. Who would have thought a little boy with a big heart (and equally impressive nose) from a council house and upbringing could achieve so much and spread so much joy wherever his travels lead him. Fantastic read - 5 stars.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Marie Jackson-pereira on Feb. 17, 2012 : (no rating)
Delightful and insightful. If you haven't had the pleasure of knowing Joby personally, this hilarious and honest read is the next best thing. I love them both.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Rose Marie on Feb. 17, 2012 : (no rating)
A brilliant read. Every emotion is felt in this very honest and brave account of joby's journey that lead him to the now. Most enlightening into areas of jobys life that make way for a new found respect forJoby, others like Joby who have learned so much through their lives, that can teach the reader about their own as i did. I loved it. Thank you Joby.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Laura Francis on Feb. 16, 2012 :
Firstly, Well Done Joby :) it was a great read. The whole section on NAND had me in stitches and the section on Ben made me fill up, it nice to find out bits about you that I didn't already know :) I can't wait for the next one xxx
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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