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I Didn't Get Where I Am Today [Paperback]

David Nobbs
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4 Mar 2004

As a small boy David Nobbs survived the Second World War unscathed, until his bedroom ceiling fell on him when the last bomb to be dropped on Britain by the Germans landed near his home. It was the nearest he came to the war, but National Service would later make him one of Britain's most reluctant soldiers. It was an unforgettable and often unpleasant experience.

As a struggling writer, David was catapulted into the thrilling world of satire at the BBC when he rang THAT WAS THE WEEK THAT WAS with a joke and got through to David Frost, who sent a taxi for the joke. He never looked back. His greatness as a modern comic writer was confirmed by the publication of THE FALL AND RISE OF REGINALD PERRIN, which he adapted into the immensely successful television series that has entered the fabric of British cultural life, through phrases, images and brilliant humour.

A mesmerising, beautifully told tale of life in writing and comedy, I DIDN'T GET WHERE I AM TODAY is the hilarious, poignant and very personal story of David Nobbs' life, which also describes some of the most famous comedians of the last century and captures a golden age of British television.

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (4 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009942164X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099421641
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 595,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"He got where he is today by being very funny over a very long period of time" (Observer)

"This book demonstrates his success at finding humour in the little things in life, a power that most underestimate and fewer still possess" (Glasgow Herald)

"Nobbs reminds us that creation is composite, that there is no one inspiration, and his evocations of the process of writing justify this book all on their own. In utterly English fashion, he turned to the banal and the seemingly hapless as his sources; he emerges from the coal-mine, smeared with black dust, holding a diamond" (Independent on Sunday)

"I Didn't Get Where I Am Today is anecdotal, angry, heartfelt and laugh-out-loud funny" (Time Out)

"He perfectly encapsulates the British sense of humour in all its many guises. Nobbs has a matchless ear for the rich absurdities of human life - His love of finding "comedy in the little things of life" is positively inspiring" (Daily Telegraph)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the books ... 8 Sep 2003
I was amazed by this book but for all the wrong reasons.
David Nobbs is, in my opinion, one of the finest comic novelist this country has ever produced. Actually strike that - he's one of the finest novelists, full-stop. I urge everyone to read him.
But in writing about himself he seems to have come up short.
Unlike his fictional creations which seem to pull themselves up from the page the real people of his autobiography remain stubbornly 2-dimensional. Only in his honest appraisal of the end of his first marriage and the 'courtship' of his second wife did I really feel that I was seeing the real man. The discussion of the breakdown of his friendship with Peter Tinniswood was particularly thin. There must have been so much behind this story but Mr Nobbs was not prepared to tell us about it. Which is fair enough but not if you're going to write a book about it and charge people for the privelege of reading it.
Please, please read David Nobbs but don't start with this - it's just not as good as the books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I expected more from the book 7 April 2013
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The book is ok, I just expected more from it than it is realy is. But it is worth reading all the same
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5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't get where i am today david nobbs 3 Mar 2013
Fantastic, read from cover to, cover! A story, of highs and, lows.this book will make you laugh and,, cry, it's, at time s, very, funny, and, thoughtful.
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