Utterly Brilliant – My Life’s Journey
What was the No 1 record all over the world in 1990? Timmy Mallett’s recording of ‘Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka-dot Bikini’! Since then, the host of Wacaday, with his ‘utterly brilliant’ catchphrase, fantastic specs and vivacious personality has continued to cheer millions of lives.
In the spring of 2018, as the ‘Beast from the East’ hit northern Europe, Timmy needed every bit of his natural exuberance. He had undertaken to cycle over 3,000km from his home to Santiago de Compostela in memory of his brother Martin, who was born with Downs Syndrome and had died just a few days earlier. This was a journey of exploration, honouring Martin’s outlook on life that everyone can reach their potential. And so with his painting gear strapped to his bike, Timmy (an increasingly renowned artist) set off, blessed by letters of support from the Archbishop of York, the Bishops of Oxford and Winchester, Prime Minister Theresa May, Prince William and President Macron of France.
Full of unexpected moments, Timmy’s account of his pilgrimage along a route travelled by so many over the centuries weaves together history and biography in a hugely entertaining manner. It is undergirded by a touching faith and conveys, beyond all else, how important it is to live every moment of every day.
There are not many people who would put themselves through this much to achieve their dream. Timmy has always aimed for the summit and, most importantly, remembers to smile and take time to reflect along the way.
Professor Brian Cox
A vivid, beautifully written and often moving book, skilfully dovetailing memoir, history, art and a cycling pilgrimage across Europe into a unique and uplifting whole. If you think you know who Timmy Mallett is, you’re in for a rewarding surprise!
The Secret Footballer
The world is a dark and confusing place to be right now, but there are still times that make a person glad to be in it. Timmy’s journey throughout this book is one of them.
A must read. This is a journey brimming with love and laughter that’s also deeply moving. Timmy’s glass isn’t just half full, it’s positively overflowing!!
I loved this book. It’s absolutely delightful. An adventure told in a uniquely Timmy way, full of humour and charm. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Funny, fascinating and insightful, just like Timmy himself. A must read for anyone who likes an adventure.
Imagine as an adult the joy of bumping into someone you watched weekly as a kid on Saturday morning TV. Someone who kicked off the weekend, entertaining me with joyous fun and silliness. Someone I would send pictures to; I even won competitions on their show. Timmy Mallett, I still have my WAC PAC and all its contents! You’re the kind of hero who has probably influenced me more than I realize. What a lovely man!
Timmy Mallett is a talented man – an entertainer, a fine artist and now a writer. Utterly Brilliant is a beautiful life affirming book. Based on his pilgrimage by bike to Santiago de Compostela in an attempt to reach his highest potential, it is touching, illuminating, amusing and uplifting. I eagerly followed his journey, learning about his life, his family and his enthusiasm for the historic past led by his seductive prose. It shows Timmy in a new light, and demonstrates his talents and his astonishing versatility. Read it! I am sure you’ll be as captivated as I was.