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Eric Morecambe: Life's Not Hollywood It's Cricklewood: Life's Not Hollywood, It's Cricklewood [Kindle Edition]

Gary Morecambe
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Book Description

In this fascinating autobiography Erics son, Gary Morecambe, describes what it’s like to grow up in the presence of one of the best-loved and most fondly remembered of all British comedy greats.

Eric and Ernie brought sunshine and laughter to the people of Britain for an amazing 22 years.

Includes photos from the Morecambe family archive and unseen extracts from his father’s personal diaries.

Frank and outspoken, this book provides a compelling insight into the man behind the laughter, a man who was constantly worried that one day he would be found out, who never lost his love of Long John Silver impressions, and who continued to work until heart disease finally killed him at only 58 years of age.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1714 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Digital; New Ed edition (31 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CZ7OD9A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #244,924 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good indeed 24 Sept. 2003
By A Customer
Morecambe and Wise were, undoubtedly, the greatest British double-act of the twentieth century: the Laurel and Hardy of British television and the only act who can be mentioned in the same breath as Stan and Ollie. Gary Morecambe - who co-wrote the definitive biography of Eric and Ernie some years ago - here writes a much more subjective and emotional book about what it was like to grow up as the son of Eric Morecambe: the most revered comedian in Britain. And the result is a delight: touching, funny, insightful. Both Eric and Gary emerge from the book as warm, lovely men. It is a pleasure to read from first page to last.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cavalcade of Emotions 20 May 2004
We are all familiar with "Morecambe and Wise", British comedy's best-loved double act. However, until recently, Gary Morecambe has been unable to tell us more of the story behind the legend, as he felt it was unfair to write a true critique of either partner while one or both of them were alive.
Ernie sadly passed away 5 years ago and, after a period of respect, Eric's son has written this book (his third or fourth about his father and his career). He is now able to tell us truthfully - and somewhat poignantly - about who his father really was.
There are many stories told in the book concerning his relationship with his father. I felt, reading these, that Gary didn't think he lived up to his father's high expectations. He loved his father and was loved in return, but he gives the impression that something was missing.
This is not a criticism, merely a "take" on the man's own words. It was, after all, the story of the first half of his life and there's not a lot one can do to alter that.
Generally, I thought the book was well-written, humourous and a fair summary of a great life and partnership. The book moved easily from happiness to sadness, from pride to irony.
I did draw one negative from the book: Gary referred to his Dad throughout most of the book as "EM"... This puzzled me, because he calls him "Dad" in quotations from earlier years and he calls his mother "Mum" or Joan, yet he consistently refers to Eric as "EM". I think perhaps he was trying to make it easier for us to read without having to decipher "Dad would do" or "Dad did this", but it felt unnatural and unnecessary - the book was given to me as a present, but I cherish it as written by an "insider", someone who can let us into the private life of our favourite comic.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Eric Morcambe Cricklewood not Hollywood 21 Jun. 2004
By A Customer
This book should be retitled "The growing pains of a whinging teenager". Who of us, as we grow to adulthood, has not had times when our fathers have been nuisances to us? We all have to deal with it and get over it, look back with wisdom (hopefully) and see our own faults too. Unfortunately the author (who thinks a famous father automatically makes the son famous) uses this book to go over the problems he had with Eric Morcambe (annoyingly referred to as EM throughout the text). The priveliged lifestyle of the son bemoaning his lot grinds down the reader. Since conflict with parents during teen years is not a new subject, this book has little to offer, except that the target is Eric Morcambe. Not one for Morecambe and Wise fans or anyone seeking insight into the man. Leave this one on the shelf!
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 10 Nov. 2003
By Michael Scott VINE VOICE
What a great book and a wonderful Christmas present!
The book is written by Eric's son and goes behind the scenes of what it was like to live with one of the greatest comedians of all time. What I loved was the fact that Eric really was a nice guy and that he didn't put on any sort of act and his home life must have been great.
Well written and very touching in places (bring a tear to the eye!) and is a real feel good book that I strongly recommend you purchase.
One of the reads of the year for me!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull beyond belief 28 Sept. 2011
if you read this book looking for memories about the golden age of Morecambe and Wise (and quite frankly why would you want to read it for any other reason) you will be VERY disappointed. For instance in approximately 170 pages Ernie Wise is featured about a dozen times and a few of those come after the death of Eric. Its mainly about the life of Gary Morecambe who seems to have done very nicely (not the first one obviously)off the back of a famous father without having any noticable talent at anything, certainly it comes across that way from this book . there are very few antecdotes from the great pair and it a VERY dull read.
im going to buy the new Ernie Wise bio to read on holiday in a few weeks and hope that will be better
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 19 Feb. 2006
By A Customer
Very disappointing. This reader was looking forward to a biography of Eric Morecambe, but it doesn't take long to find that it's a book about the author. The photographs are very interesting, but unfortunately the text is self-indulgent. The reader is left in no doubt that the author is 'the son of Eric Morecambe' and eventually begins to wonder about the number of times that, and similar statements are written. The author annoyingly refers to his father throughout the book as 'EM' and overall, the text contains little warmth. I wouldn't recommend this book
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1.0 out of 5 stars Gary Morecambe 14 Jan. 2014
By Rickard
John Eric Morecambe was a classic, an all time hero. He was a workaholic, didn't know when or how to stop. From the first moment of waking up in the Mornings to the last thing at Night he was on the go all of the time and having this book in my collection is an Extremly nice momentum of a real saint of mine, one I will treasure for ever and especially the photographs. There were quite a number of comedians in the 60s and early 70s, but no one could ever compare to Morecambe and Wise and a quick glance through this book brings back loads of good memories and all the laughter they shared together. Eric was a lifelong friend of Ernie's, meeting at a very early age.
The Autobiography was written by Eric Morecambe's son Gary, whom obviously had loads of pride for his dad, but I can also sense that there was a lot of hurt at the same time. But after reading the book, I too was very disappointed in this just like everyone else, I thought it would be all about Eric and his life as it states on the cover 'ERIC MORECAMBE'
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Mildly interesting but poorly written
Gary Morecambe is a whingeing nobody and by the end of this book I thoroughly disliked him. However the book held my interest as I'd never read about Eric Morecambe s life before. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jojow
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good value for money and arrived very quickly.
Published 3 months ago by Happy Hammer
4.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of Sunshine.
Written as much for Gary Morecambe as it is about Eric Morecambe. An enjoyable read with some 'inside info' about the man and the comic, who were almost interchangeable. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tony by the sea.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 6 months ago by mike utting
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read!!
This is a very good book very informative I am learning things about Eric I had not heard before. Who better to write a book then Eric's son. Would recommend it.
Published 12 months ago by Dawn Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic anecdotes
Great book about one of the world's funniest men. Superb life story and a great gift or read for any lovers of the great man. Highly recommended.
Published 17 months ago by D Lloyd
3.0 out of 5 stars If you've got nothing else to read then..................
I thought that as the book was written by his son it would give more of an insight into the life of Eric Morcambe however, the book seemed to be more about Gary, and whilst he says... Read more
Published 22 months ago by D BOYLE
5.0 out of 5 stars Eric Morcambe Lifes not hollywood its cricklewood
bought as a gift and told it was fantastic. and husband who read it would recommend for a good read.
Published on 26 Feb. 2013 by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars A fanscinating insight into the life of the legendary Eric Morecambe!
I have to say I'm saddened some of the reviews on here, referring to Gary as self induldgent, I think this book is an excellent insight into one of my heroes! Read more
Published on 18 Oct. 2011 by Alan
3.0 out of 5 stars EM instead of DAD
I found it quite annoying that Gary constantly referred to his father,the great Eric Morecambe as EM instead of dad.
Published on 4 Aug. 2010 by oscar
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