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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (29 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091951402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091951405
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"My favourite comedian" (Peter Kay)

"A huge talent" (David Jason)

"One of the most memorable, greatest performers of the television age" (Michael Grade)

"A true icon of situation comedy and character comedy and there was nobody to my mind to touch him" (Nicholas Parsons)

"[Ronnie Barker] had this extraordinary ability to make the nation laugh, probably more often than anyone else I know" (Michael Palin)

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The definitive collection of classic writing from Britain's best-loved comic star

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HelenT83 on 24 Oct. 2014
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As is now well-known, Ronnie Barker was not only a brilliant comedy actor but also a very impressive comedy writer, and this collection covers his whole career. Well-edited, it shows what a versatile crafter of comedy he was, creating everything from quite basic short sketches to dazzling solo turns and even the odd elaborate ensemble piece. I'm probably in a tiny minority but I was never madly keen on his tongue-twisting exercises in verbal acrobatics on The Two Ronnies - like Danny Kaye's routines before him, they were easy to respect technically without always actually making me laugh. On paper, however, I find them much easier to like: the wordy playfulness is somehow more engaging without the sound of the strain of performing it. And when Barker combines the clever word play with strong character comedy, such as in his glorious 'Fork Handles,' the effect is astonishingly good - you can hear not just the words but also the thoughts as each character reacts to the other. This volume represents a fine memento of a much loved man, as well as a treasure trove of comic ideas, routines, exercises and observations that reward repeated reading. A good present for the comedy fan.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dale Barker on 12 Jan. 2014
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If like me you are a bloke of a certain age with a father of a rather less certain age for whom you seek a Christmas or birthday gift and if like me you are unable to buy him 1) sweets 2) alcohol 3) biscuits 4) cheese 5) car accessories 6) an adventure day to a racing circuit 7) a Tiger Moth flying experience or 8) a trip to a lap dancing type establishment, due to medical or physical constraints and refuse point blank to attempt the purchase of clothes he doesn't want and won't wear then you may turn to comedy.

If like mine, your father liked Ronnie Barker's work, then this is the 'Get out of Jail Card' you have been looking for. If like me you quite liked it too, then also like me - read it first - he won't mind!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mac cook on 16 Nov. 2013
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brilliant book about a brilliant man, about his best subject laiughter wish he was still here making us smile again,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Alden-smith on 21 Nov. 2013
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I have bought this book as a gift for a friend at Christmas but couldn't resist having a read myself. Ronnie Baker was pure genius and so funny. Worth every penny.
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This was a Christmas present for my dad and he was thrilled with it. It contains many of the scripts Barker is well knoiwn for along with some lesser known pieces. My dad is a big fan of Ronnie Barker and this was ideal for him. He said it was rare for him to laugh aloud at a book, but this had him in stitches.
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Arrived on time in good order. The book is fantastic! It had us all in hysterics after dinner at Xmas. Reading out loud some of the sketches which are a play on words is great fun if you've had a bit of wine too! Great book.
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I love the two Ronnies and this brought back wonderful childhood memories of tv round the fire with family, having a great time and laughing my head off at their wonderful shows.
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By C. Love on 4 Oct. 2014
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The great Ronnie Barker - a brilliant comic actor/comedian and comic writer. This book has some of the best bits of his writing and you can't help but laugh out loud!
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