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Butterfly Brain [Paperback]

Barry Cryer
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Book Description

28 Oct 2010

Barry Cryer has collaborated with all the greats from Max Miller to Tony Hancock, Bob Hope, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, John Cleese, Frankie Howerd, Kenny Everett, Spike Milligan, Eric Sykes, Dave Allen, Richard Pryor, Tommy Cooper, Les Dawson, Graham Chapman, the Two Ronnies, Morecambe and Wise - in fact almost all the great comedians and comic writers since the mid 1950s. Barry's set of experiences with these legends of humour is unique, and will delight all who made PIGS CAN FLY a runaway porcine bestseller.

In this completely new, organically grown book, old Baz recalls, reminisces, recounts and other words beginning with 'R', on a trip down Memory Lane, pausing only for tea and macaroons at the Stannah Stairlift Cafe. What memories - if only he can remember them. Currently 74, a third of his life has already passed and he invites you to enjoy this wonderfully funny account of it, a decorous orgy of nostalgia.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (28 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409119947
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409119944
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 461,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fascinating to read and difficult to put down. (THE PRESS)

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Barry Cryer is one of the great comedians of the last 50 years. This is a sparkling series of hilarious and true anecdotes, almost all of which have never been told before!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Cryer 31 Mar 2010
A very funny and informative read from Barry Cryer, full of anecdotes and a brilliant insight into show business. I will buy other books of Barry's on the strength of this one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Flat and disappointing 21 Feb 2010
In his fifty odd year career Barry Cryer has written for some of the biggest names in comedy. He is also a busy performer and has been known to belt out the odd tune (he's had a number one record - in Finland). To top it all he is a panellist on Britain's funniest radio show. He has a massive fund of showbiz anecdotes, making him a much in demand after dinner speaker. Why then is this book so disappointing?

Set out in small sections, with usually two or three pages on each subject (usually about a show business friend or acquaintance) this should make it an ideal book to dip in and out of but it all just doesn't seem to work. The anecdotes generally fall a little flat, with precious few genuinely funny stories amongst them. This seems a little strange as Barry Cryer is a genuinely funny man.

It is not a big book, the generous spacing and font size meaning it does not take long to read but the inclusion of several pages of totally pointless (and unfunny) photographs and an index which is similarly pointless and unfunny left me with the impression that the whole thing has been `padded out'.

If, like me, you dislike the use of footnotes (they annoy me because they break up the rhythm of my reading) you won't be too pleased to find that this book is littered with them.

This is not by any means a poor book, it's just that I expected better from Barry Cryer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Anecdotal, Entertaining and Funny 21 Jan 2014
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I'm a fan of Cryer so predisposed to liking the book. It was an entertaining, light read and could have been longer
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very funny book 15 July 2013
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Provides lovely insights into himself and the famous and infamous comics with whom he has worked. Wonderful jokes as well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Funny man 24 Jan 2013
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Bought this book on the recommendation of a friend who enthused over it. It's OK I suppose but doesn't engage me as well as it did my friend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Always leave them wanting... 6 May 2012
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"Butterfly Brain", so called because the author flits from one subject to another is, basically, a rewrite of Barry's other work "You Won't Believe This but..." (AKA "The Chronicles of Hernia"). Chapter by chapter, we get the same stories as before with a few extra tales thrown in.
I enjoyed both books (yet to read "Pigs Can Fly") & was hoping for even more "insider knowledge" on his showbiz acquaintances, but I imagine threats of litigation were considered before this one went to print.
I await the follow-up tome, providing more anecdotes from the underbelly of celebrity (working title: "Moth Balls"?), in the hope that it will offer further insights about the many personalities Barry Cryer has acquainted himself with & hope he will then unfetter his darkest secrets upon a readership hungry for further tales of vanity & deceit from the world of greasepaint & gaffer tape.
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