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Eric Morecambe Unseen: The Lost Diaries, Jokes and Photographs Hardcover – 3 Oct 2005


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Entertainment; annotated edition edition (3 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007212224
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007212224
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 2.4 x 25.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 585,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This affectionate and revealing book is sure to give a warm glow to anyone who dips into its potpourri of intimate memories. The real pleasure of this book is to be found in the extraordinary portfolio of photographs and memorabilia from his (Morecambe's) personal archive.'
Mail on Sunday

‘A real sense of intimacy with a man who captivated millions in the great days of television.’
Sunday Express

‘Cook paints a picture of a man of great gentleness and extraordinary talent … here laid out in photos, letters and diaries. Sunshine indeed.’
The Independent

About the Author

William Cook is the author of Ha Bloody Ha – Comedians Talking (Fourth Estate), The Comedy Store – The Club That Changed British Comedy (Little, Brown) and 25 Years of Viz (Boxtree). He edited Tragically I Was An Only Twin – The Complete Peter Cook and Goodbye Again – The Definitive Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, both published by Century. He has worked for the BBC and written for the Guardian, the Mail on Sunday, the New Statesman and Conde Nast Traveller.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Dec. 2005
Format: Hardcover
I got this book for Christmas and settled down for a good read. A minor gripe, but unfortunately, pages 187-192 are missing. There is a note: "The publishers apologise that, for copywright reasons, pages 187-192 were purposefully(sic) omitted. The content of these pages was purely pictorial."
A couple of other photos also seem to be captioned wrongly.
On the whole, however, an interesting book for any fan of Eric Morecambe, showing the private side of this much-loved man whose life was cut short.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JIMBO (Dublin,) on 11 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This Book was given to me as a Christmas present several years ago, and I read it over the festive season and made up for the fact that I should have sitting on the couch watching another 'Christmas Special'. Eric was no longer with us since that fateful year of 1984.
It gave a great insight into the private and family man, and I came to the conclusion, that I got what I expected - a true gentleman, even off screen. I had read The Autobiography Of Morecambe and Wise about 1974 which I found hilarious, as it told of their early meeting as young men scrimping and lodging together (..and sardines on toast...don't forget the sardines on toast) that particular book was aimed at the masses of fans, as their show was riding high on the telly, and told in typical Morecambe and Wise conversation style.

Obviously this book is all about the public and private Eric who was never really one hundred per cent satisfied with their routines and strived to do better (How can you improve on perfection?) Always worried about money, not for himself personally, but wanting to make sure his family were OK. I have read quite a lot about M & W, and I have yet to hear a bad word spoken about the man.
Personally believe his loving and caring nature resulted in him being taken from us much too early. If you really want to learn a litte more of 'The Tall One With The Glasses'...then this is for you.

Cherished memories.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Royale on 10 Jan. 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a great book from William Cook (who also did two great books on Peter Cook, and one on Peter Cook and Dudley Moore). The words are relatively familiar, but it is the stunning memorabilia and photos that make this a must for fans of the comedy legend. Well worth adding to the collection. And apparently there is another to follow this year on both Eric AND Ernie. If I have one snipe, it is that the book in paperback format is slightly small. Been better if in full coffee-table size. But it didn't dampen my pleasure much.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KiwiGirl on 29 Dec. 2007
Format: Hardcover
I thought it was great - and mine had *all* the pages in tact! For those missing 187-192 they were: photo of the boys & Joanna Lumley and a letter of condolence to Joan from Russ Abbott: The remaining pages are photocopies of letters of condolences from people such as Penelope Keith, Judy Dench, Henry Cooper, Peter Bowles and many others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chubworth on 21 Feb. 2008
Format: Paperback
This book has one shining message - that Eric Morecambe evoked such love and affection from all who knew him and all who knew of him that there can be no greater tribute. If you cn find it, try to get hold of footage of him on a Christmas World of Sport with his old mate Dickie "The Mallen Streak" Davies. It's inspired TV and very little shown despite the beautiful anarchy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sue Ward on 1 Jan. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Much of the biographical information contained in this book has already been covered (and, indeed, is sourced from) previous biographies. There are some new interviews with Joan and Gary Morecambe (among others) but as someone who has read many books on the subject of Eric and Ernie, I am happy to say I was never bored by any part this book. I found it a compelling read, and in particular the previously unpublished photographs, notes and diary entries by Eric himself were fascinating. This gives a wonderful insight into the private side of a much-loved comedian, and I was frequently laughing out loud when reading it, and moved to tears by the section covering his final heart attack. A shame about the missing four pages - I just wonder what the photographs were!
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