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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books; New edition edition (25 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753504790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753504796
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Following his success as stand-up comic and theatrical performer, Eddie Izzard has turned his attentions to the written word. His first book, Dress to Kill, is a series of conversations with writer/presenter David Quantick that claim to reach "deep inside the most original head in Britain". Presented as a mixture of opinion and autobiography, Dress to Kill is a riveting, witty read that features a number of stunning photographs by Steve Double. These capture Izzard on and off the stage in London, New York and San Francisco, illustrating the subject's colourful persona, not to mention vast wardrobe and astonishing array of nail varnishes.

Izzard employs his unique conversational style to describe his journey from his birth in South Yemen through his itinerant childhood to coming out as a transvestite, and finally becoming a comic, media personality and film star. Those who have seen Izzard perform will immediately recognise the digressive meandering of his stream-of-consciousness anecdotes and monologues. Using this to great effect while discussing such topics as comedy, popular culture, sexuality and hairy mammals, he generally succeeds in firing the imagination. However, as anyone who has seen his shows and is later asked to "repeat one of his jokes" will discover, delivery of his material is of the essence. Confessing at the end of the book that he doesn't write his act down, we discover why, as occasionally it fails to transfer to the written page.

Although not as incisive as the bold claim on the inlay, Dress to Kill reveals the world of and according to Eddie Izzard, a world fascinating and humorous enough to be enjoyed by a much wider audience than his current fan base. --Robert Brookes

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'Dress to Kill would make an excellent present for fans of this consistently outstanding and original comic: a sort of semi-ghosted autobiography with riffs about life, the universe and everything and a lot of photos, ranging from hilarious ones from the great man's childhood, and slightly embarrassing ones showing the grown-up Eddie being all dangerous and ambiguous in high heels and nail polish.' (Evening Standard) REVIEW 'From stealing lipstick at 15 to his first painful outing in high heels, comedian Eddie Izzard describes how he came to terms with being a transvestite.'
-- The Express

'Izzard provides telling glimpses of his itinerant childhood, death of his mother, love of football, route to stand-up or encyclopaedic knowledge of films... Double's photography is beautifully shot and fashion conscious...' -- The List

'Part surrealist comic invention, part poignant autobiography this bestseller is a telling journey through one of the most original minds in British comedy who has won huge acclaim for his unique brand of fractured humour.' -- Publishing News

'Step into the mind- and the high heeled shoes- of Eddie Izzard in this part autobiography, part philosophical rant, part comedy routine...' -- Yorkshire Evening Post

'With tons of photos and 100% chat, this collection of personal opinions sheds light on his quest to be a global stand up and it's fascinating to read him talk about the significance of his early days of street entertaining... a well packaged look at a genuine comedy enigma.' -- Whats On

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Jan 2001
Format: Paperback
Anyone familiar with Izzard's live act will find comfort in the customary style of the nine monologues, which comprise this volume. His organic meanderings take you on a surreal and fascinating journey of word-association, circuiting the comedian's family background, unique career trajectory and creative inspirations. Interspersed throughout are scenic asides from the world of entertainment and history. Izzard's refusal to be confined by convention could run the risk of descending into diatribe, but his curious logic keeps the flavour effervescent. The brilliance lies in his ability to weave a wandering narrative around a series of seemingly unrelated anecdotes, often ending up right back where he started, but his unique ability to be simultaneously random and relevant means that the reader never feels that his unpredictable shifts of focus are overly contrived. Ok, you may not care that you don't know about the ice-cream kiosk near where Spike Milligan was stationed during the war, and you may not have given a great deal of thought to the blue-print behind mammalian hair patterning, but invest a little time in the Izzard method of explication and you will be entertained and enlightened.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 May 2001
Format: Paperback
Forget overrated TV comics Graham Norton, Harry hill, paul merton etc.
Eddie Izzard is the best most oringinal, funnest comedian if his Genration up there with Tommy cooper, he has a real soul, heart and is a genuine person too this brillant book that takes him through his childhood to his Dress to Kill show speaks volumes Eddie is a real genuis, I like to see it updated since the was written 3 years ago Eddie's carrer has gone from Strength to strength his sell out rave reviewed world tour of his last show Circle which followed on from his double award winning Dress to kill show and his forthcoming Hollywood bloackbuster's The cats meow and All the Queens Men and now Artisic Director of Amnesty Internatinal.
this is one hell of a read.
A update please
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Dec 2000
Format: Paperback
Eddie Izzard: comedian
Eddie Izzard: surreal
Eddie Izzard: hilarious!
Fans of Eddie Izzard's unique bran of humour will enjoy this book immensely. Every step of the way it is full of Eddie's amusing tangents and insights into the why the world is how it is. This book is a must-have addition to any Izzard fan's library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 July 2001
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I think I expected a little more for the price I paid (the Aussie dollar's not very wel, you know) The book was good for it's pictures, even if the text was a little difficult to follow. It's definitely easier to read once you've seen the 'Dress to Kill' Video. All in all, though, I think I expected something better from Eddie.
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