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A Fart in a Colander: The Autobiography

A Fart in a Colander: The Autobiography [Kindle Edition]

Roy Hudd
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It is the warm-hearted voice of the man himself: one of our national treasures (The Daily Mail)

This riveting autobiography charts Roy's voyage from amateur to professional and from boy to man (The Daily Express)

Hilarious memoirs... Hudd has collected many a story and they are related with gusto, along with moving recollections of a childhood that was beset by tragedy (Choice Magazine)

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Roy Hudd's career began in the 1950s and since then he has worked with most of the major stars of the last forty years. Born in Croydon in 1936, his early life was turbulent. His father left home and his mother committed suicide during the war leaving his formidable, but adored grandmother, to raise him, and it was she who gave him the title for this book. His big television break came with "Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life" with David Frost, John Bird and John Fortune and he also had a brief stint in the popular TV soap "Coronation Street". His radio career includes the hugely popular "The News Huddlines", which he starred in and ran for twenty-six years. "A Fart in a Colander" brings together some wonderful stories from his life, and sparkles with the fun and laughter Roy has brought to millions of people throughout his career.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2392 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1843173131
  • Publisher: Michael O' Mara Books (14 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #97,575 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Roy Hudd has been a star of stage, screen and radio since the 1950s, and he has worked with - and has stories about - most of the major stars of the past forty years. From his time as a Butlins Redcoat with Cliff Richard to playing a matinee in Dartmoor Prison with Ken Dodd, over the years Roy has 'worked' every type of audience and in doing so has become one of Britain's best-loved entertainers.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As funny and engaging as the man himself 26 Nov 2009
Roy Hudd is a national institution (no doubt he would make a gag about not wanting to live in one). His beaming and mischievous grin has been entertaining the British public for years.
In his autobiography he tells it like it is - or was - a no nonsense, but always entertaining and enjoyable excursion through the highways and byways of his life. I was a particular fan of his radio show - "The News Huddlines" - which always seemed to put a smile on my face with its infectious joie de vivre. Somehow life itself seems greyer and less comical than it did (we can only blame the government for about 90% of it) and perhaps its because our entertainers too have lost the ability to laugh at themselves - yet Roy never did, and we love him all the more for it. A great read.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blew me away! 27 Nov 2009
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What's so good about this biography is that it actually spans a very full and funny life. I'm sure many of us look in wonderment at so called 'celebrities' writing (or someone else writing) their biographies at the ripe old age of 23!
But at 72 this is actually Roy's first biography. And very entertaining it is too. Having spent 50 years in show business he certainly has tales to tell. I've loved his work for many years:- --from the News Huddlines to Coronation Street he has always brought a warmth and humour to everything he's done. From his poignant early years to his various dalliances with the ladies to West End accalim in Oliver it's fascinating. I'm sure the book is very good as well but listening to the author read it is quite special. There are even some musical numbers included which is a nice surprise.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One fart on another! 17 Oct 2009
Roy Hudd has written a book that is easy to read, witty, very informative, and one that is not going to be put down easily. Whereas today, so many autobiographies are written by people who have not even begun to live, this is about a man who has lived through good times and bad, and who tells it as it took place.
As a child, I remember seeing Hudd in pantomime, in Oxford; I thought him a decent sort from that day to this, and his book merely serves to amplify that feeling.
This book is wonderful, well written, and about an interesting subject - above that, it is well worth reading. Buy it!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fart in a Colander: The Autobiography 24 Oct 2009
I smiled as soon as I saw the title of this book. As a follow Croydonian born and raised just a few streets away from Roy's home I knew exactly what it meant and it is an expression that was used to describe me many times! This is a lovely gentle book written by a gentleman. It's witty and very interesting, through good times and bad and a lovely reminder of times and entertainers past.

I have bought this for my mum's Christmas present. She is 91 and will love reading about the Davis Theatre and Wilsons Tea Rooms, still fondly remembered to this day. Many thanks Roy for a lovely read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roy Hudd fart In a Colander. 19 Nov 2009
Very funny, easy reading book you don't wont to put down.A Fart in a Colander: The Autobiography
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fart in a colander 30 Oct 2009
An excellent autobiography, I laughed from start to finish.
I could hear Roy Hudd talking
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the last of the old fashioned comics 21 Dec 2009
Roy Hudd has had a long and successful comedy career. He perhaps has never really reached the very top but he has always been well liked, maybe because he seems to be a friendly, jovial character, reminiscent of a favourite uncle or the chap who always makes you laugh in the pub.

With his deep interest in music hall and pantomime, Roy Hudd could be seen as one of the last of the `old fashioned' comics and his route to showbiz stardom would nowadays be seen as similarly old fashioned, when most comedians first foot on the ladder seems to be an open mic session at a comedy club. Instead we read that Roy Hudd first got the performing bug at a Boys Club (do they exist anymore?). His interest was stoked further in similar now obsolete ways, first during his National Service days and then as a redcoat at a Butlins Holiday Camp. For me his tales about his experiences during this period in his life are the highlights of the book; they are entertaining and often very funny.

Once he gets to where he becomes an established performer the book tails off a little, as it becomes the predictable recounting of his TV, radio and theatre performances as seen in most other showbiz autobiographies. This is not a major criticism though as overall this autobiography is a really good read, perfect for those amongst us who just don't get most of the humour seen on TV these days.

There is one aspect of his career that he doesn't mention though, and for me it is a glaring omission. When I was young there was a public information film that was forever being screened on TV. It was part of the Keep Britain Tidy campaign, and it featured Roy Hudd as a litter bug, scattering waste paper around a park before being made to see the error in his ways. Whenever I think of Roy Hudd I automatically think of this film - I wonder how many other children of the sixties do likewise?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 7 Dec 2010
As the many reviews make clear, this is an enjoyable memoir by a decent man and funny entertainer. Some of his anecdotes left me wanting more (the one about Charles Hawtrey turning up blotto for a TV interview, for example), but you breeze through the book smiling as you go.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Life and Times of Roy Hudd, so far!
Bought this book mainly because of the Croydon connection. I was born in Croydon one year before Roy Hudd and was just so hoping to see how his early life, during the war and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by CroydonBoy
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll give it five...
Roy Hudd walked the roads I trod as a young man; the blitz, national service in the RAF, and (for me) a brief career on the stage. Read more
Published 4 months ago by JIM GREEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest, Funny and a Page-turner!
I love memoirs, and this book ticks all the boxes.

Roy has a lovely friendly style of writing which draws you in, and I found it hard to switch off the Kindle! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Francesca
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story teller
If you like Roy Hudd you will love this book. You will probably enjoy it even if you haven't been a fan so far .
Published 6 months ago by Artemister
4.0 out of 5 stars Not An Old Fart- More A Gentle Breeze.
This is an entertaining book pure and simple.
It is also very easy to read, I read it in just 3 days, and it was an enjoyable ramble through Roy Hudd's life. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Glenn Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars WAS HE WITH ME
For older ebook readers who remember this comic its a GREAT book. Written in the 1st person its like you are actually talking to him. Read more
Published 8 months ago by angel gabriel
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing!
Although I have enjoyed Roy Hudd's work over the years, I found his autobiography made me less empathetic to him. Read more
Published 9 months ago by MR I BELL
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick Read Material
Interesting but pretty lightweight and full of 'luvviedoms'...'how wonderful it was to work with so and so, how generous someone was when we worked together, how much old thingy... Read more
Published 10 months ago by J. Catanach
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
Rudd Hudd warts and all very entertaning don't know what else to say good book enjoyed reading it good job
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. S. Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift
I'll confess I haven't read this book which was a present for my mother but she loved it. Enduring impressions: from a career spanning 7 decades, Roy Hudd has plenty to write... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Longshanks
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