Actor Alec Baldwin is a man of famous misbehaviours. From overdoses to his messy divorce from Kim Basinger and affrays with the paparazzi – all are included in this memoir, and put down as learning experiences. Although that’s not why he wrote the book. “I’m writing it because I was paid to write it,” he says with endearing honesty in the preface. He makes a good fist of it, especially his early years growing up in South Shore, Long Island, the child of an exhausted mother (six kids and no help, her mantra) and distant father. His career is similarly chequered, from struggling soapie actor to leading man – although many rate him highest for his later comedy roles on 30 Rock and Donald Trump impersonations. An honest tale of a complicated man – with tasty servings of inside gossip along the way.