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I Didn't Get Where I am Today [Hardcover]

David Nobbs
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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3 April 2003
This autobiography of the man who created the Reginald Perrin recounts how he was catapulted into the 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 and later one for Nobbs himself. He never looked back. "I Didn't Get Where I am Today" is David Nobb's story, which captures a golden age of British television and describes some of the most famous comedians of the last century, including: Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, the Pythons, Jimmy Tarbuck, Frankie Howard, the TW3 team and many more.

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd; 1st ed edition (3 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0434008974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434008971
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 16.2 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 757,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A versatile author and telly screenwriter and all this shines through on his joyful journey through life' -- Liverpool Echo, 22nd March, 2003

'Comic genius David Nobb's life story is a fine thing' -- Time Out, 26 March, 2003

'He is the leanest, meanest comic novelist since Evelyn Waugh, though far warmer.' -- Timeout

'It is the tale of the emergence of a great comic writer and it is the funniest memoir around' -- The Good Book Guide, May, 2003

'The marvellously matter-of-fact memoir of a genius of suburban angst' -- The Telegraph

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't either! 8 Feb 2013
This little known author is responsible for some of the best comedy writing for TV and his autobiography is well worth a read
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bit of a Good Read 13 Aug 2003
By Pete in Wiltshire VINE VOICE
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I bought this book, then left it on the side for three months, while I read other things. A great pity, having lot long returned from holiday I realise that this book would have been a far better, easier read than the books I actually took.
Still, I've read the book now, having not really read any of the author's other works except for RIP. (This is something I now intend to do something about, by the way.)
Even for what I guess would be termed a "non-comedy" book, David Nobbs - obviously with years of experience - manages to reminiscence with a very humorous style.
I liked it - I'll read some more of this guy's novels, and look out for his TV work.
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