Book Review || No Time Like the Future by Michael J. Fox

Wednesday, May 26, 2021


No Time Like the Future
Michael J. Fox
17th November 2020

Ah, I have such fond memories of watching Michael J. Fox during daytime TV whenever Family Ties came on. And then whenever my brother wanted to watch Back to the Future. Then, when he made a guest appearance in Scrubs, I was honestly overjoyed. My point is - I quite like Michael J. Fox. I have previously read one of his other memoirs, Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist, and really loved it. So I was excited to get my hands on his latest.

This one is sort of a continuation of sorts, as I imagine the others are, too. After all, it's Fox continuing to tell us about things that have happened in his life. This one talks about ageing a little more, as well as mortality. There's also, of course, the underlying thread of health and illness running through, and I did have real moments of connection and understanding with a lot of these, as my own conditions develop and change. I particularly liked Fox's observations about wheelchairs, and his thoughts were much like mine were a few years ago. I don't actually use a wheelchair myself, at the moment, but sometimes, when my fatigue is especially bad, I think about whether I need to move towards them as an aid in my arsenal. 

Occasionally I did feel like Fox's privilege as a rich, well-known white man was showing without being acknowledged. This only popped up a few times, but it was enough that I found it a little frustrating. He did acknowledge a couple of times, which mollified me somewhat, but otherwise it was definitely there and took me away from what I was reading. Just a note for other readers who might feel alienated by this.

Otherwise, this was an enjoyable read, with a few real moments of connection that provoked some thinking for me. If you've read any of Fox's other memoirs, I think you'll know exactly what you're getting here - he's (mostly) optimistic, and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, whilst also considering deeper topics with a gentle tone. Just a good book to read.

7.5/10 sweet turtle tattoos.

I received a review copy of this book from Hachette in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own.

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