(a) brilliant little biography. -- The Stage, May 2002
(a) pungent, opinionated and brilliantly intuitive biography of the saddest act in the history of British cinema. -- New Statesman, September 2001
Lewis evokes Hawtreys weird by wholly joyful persona in a monograph worthy of Ken Tynan. -- Spectator, November 2001
Roger Lewiss small but perfectly formed biography. . . like its subject, Lewiss book may be slim but it packs a surprising amount between its covers. -- Evening Standard, November 2001
this brief book rewards reading. -- Observer, November 2001
Charles Hawtrey 1914-1988: The Man Who Was Private Widdle, by Roger Lewis, is a small masterpiece of biographical investigation, shining a light on the comic genius of the Carry On films.