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Discussion Guide

Caught with My Pants Down and Other Tales from a Life in Hollywood

By Jim Piddock

For more than four decades, Jim Piddock has navigated the turbulent waters of Broadway and Hollywood as an actor, writer, and producer. In this highly entertaining and witty account of his journey from a small village in England to the heady heights of the Hollywood Hills, he pulls back the curtain—with remarkable honesty and no small amount of humour—to reveal all that goes  on the behind the scenes in the entertainment industry.


But underneath this lighthearted, irreverent romp through the worlds of film, television, theatre—not to mention his involvement with Crystal Palace Football Club in his spare time—lie the deeper reflections of an ordinary man who has led an extraordinary life, and his incisive conclusions on what the real meaning of family is, how to make destiny-defining choices, and the importance of living life to the fullest.

This discussion guide was shared and sponsored in partnership with Dartfrog Books.

Discussion Questions

Use these discussion questions to guide your next book club meeting.

People from all walks of life have said they can relate to Jim Piddock’s tales about show business and life in general. What did you find most relatable about his experiences and why?

The author touches on when he was sent away to a boarding school at the age of ten. How much do you think this impacted his personality and his approach to his life and relationships? In what ways?

There are numerous humorous anecdotes in the book. What was your favorite one and why?