Putting the Rabbit in the Hat

Brian Cox / Memoir

Book cover

UK Publisher


Date Published

October 28th, 2021

The long-awaited memoir by movie and theatre legend, Brian Cox.

A Sunday Times, Times and Guardian book of the year.

From Hannibal Lecter in Manhunter to media magnate Logan Roy in HBO’s Succession, Brian Cox has made his name as an actor of unparalleled distinction and versatility. We know him on screen, but few know of his extraordinary life story. Growing up in Dundee, Scotland, Cox lost his father when he was just eight years old and was brought up by his three elder sisters in the aftermath of his mother’s nervous breakdowns and ultimate hospitalization. After joining the Dundee Repertory Theatre at the age of fifteen, you could say the rest is history – but that is to overlook the enormous graft that has gone into the making of the legend we know today.

This is a rags-to-riches life story like no other – a seminal autobiography that both captures Cox’s distinctive voice and his very soul. Rich in emotion and meaning, with plenty of laughs along the way, it will be a classic in the vein of The Moon’s a Balloon by David Niven and What’s It All About by Michael Caine.


Clever, perceptive… brilliant.

- The Times

reading his hugely entertaining autobiography, Putting the Rabbit in the Hat, feels like catching up with an old friend.

- The Observer

It’s a book full of wonderful stories and huge insight into the whole business of acting and the workings of the human soul… absolute heaven.

- The Sunday Times

blisteringly brilliant

- The Telegraph

It’s an insightful look into his extraordinary life and career – which sees no signs of slowing down.

- Radio Times

one of the best showbiz memoirs ever written... it’s as funny as it is furious... Brian Cox has done everything and with this book he leaves everyone else standing.

- Mail on Sunday

An enjoyable and conversational backstage pass to the life of a highly respected character actor.

- Library Journal

on the page [Cox] is present, lively and pouring forth

- New York Times

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