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Driving Mr Morecambe [Paperback]

Michael Fountain , Paul Jenkinson
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Book Description

3 Oct 2013
Michael Fountain became Eric Morecambe's chauffeur in 1969 shortly after the comedian's first heart attack. Originally a postman in Harpenden, he became a driver to earn a little extra cash and gained Eric's trust and respect during the initial BBC funded first year. Once that year came to an end Eric offered him a full time position as his driver, handyman, house-sitter and friend. Becoming Eric's official driver changed his life completely, travelling around the country with Eric and a host of other famous names in the now famous EM100 Rolls Royce, and even helping out in the shows. Tommy Cooper, Elton John, Fred Trueman and the Duke and Duchess of Kent are just a few of the people he has met and driven, all with their own story to tell. Away from show business, the private life of Eric was very rarely seen by the public, but Michael was a close friend, with him until the very end. As the nation mourned its favourite comedian, Michael was behind the scenes doing some very surprising things! There are not many people that can claim they regularly held Eric Morecambe's bongos!

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Product details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Authors Online Ltd (3 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755207327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755207329
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 288,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Personal memories of the author 9 Dec 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Oh Mr J Johnson - the clue is in the title doh!
I found this book a pleasure to read, no pretensions, just sharing the wonderful experience of working for such a lovely man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, funny, revealing and sometimes sad. 23 Nov 2013
I found out about this book from the BBC news and it looked interesting. I wouldn't consider myself a full-on Morecambe and Wise fan, but I do appreciate the talent of Eric as a comedian and entertainer.
This book does not follow the usual story that is often repeated in books every year, which is what caught my attention in the first place. Instead, it focuses on Eric's driver, who was with from the late sixties and drove him around the country to all of his stage shows and television recordings, as well as the many family events and charity events he did.
Some of the things recounted are typical Eric, and some, as you would expect from this type of book, aren't. It was revealing to see how Eric was out of the spotlight, the things he did and how he sometimes tried to hide from fans with various disguises.
Michael (the driver) also has his own story to tell that is mixed in with, and tied to Eric's, sometimes with strange outcomes. Interesting, funny, revealing and at the end, very sad. Even though you know what is coming, having followed the escapade of two close friends, it is still troubling to read.
I really enjoyed this book, it gives a different spin on things which is quite refreshing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Driving MR MORECAMBE 18 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm a young fan of Morecambe and Wise and i'm forever reading books about the legends I loved reading this book it was written superbly & any Morecambe and Wise fans out there should read this book it really defines everything. Happy reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful nostalgia 30 Nov 2013
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Such a lovely book from a quiet, unknown source. Filled with anecdote, fun and not a little sense of sadness, this book genuinely touches a nerve, especially for those who lived in those wacky times of the 1970s, when Eric and Ern were kings. Definitely a treat for Christmas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Any Eric Morecambe fan will love this book 28 Nov 2013
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I loved this book, it was funny and informative. Having watched and enjoyed Eric Morecambe all my life this inside look at his life was facinating. Michael did not try to impress the reader with his life working for Eric and his family, he just told it in a wonderful genuine way. Really loved this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 17 Nov 2013
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Enjoyed this book,great to read about the great Eric, very funny. Well written,seems to be a very nice driver, just what Eric needed
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