I started listening to Hancock's half Hour, 5 years ago, when I was 22 and I instantly felt an affinitiny with the charachter of Aloysious St John Hancock. This, however is not his story. This is the story of Anthony John Hancock, the real man who brought to life the scripts, word for word, he was given by Galton and Simpson.
This is the man who, despite being the most successful comedian in post-war Britain and receiving vast financial and critical rewards, was tormented by personal demons for most of his life.
Co-written by Hancock's second wife, known to him as Freddie, this book details both his rise to stardom and his eventual downfall but spends most of its time with Hancock when his is at the hight of his success.
Well written in both a comic and informative style this book takes the reader into the world that the public did not see. The world of an incredible talent who was also an incredibly flawed human being.
Despite discovering the flaws of Hancock, his heavy drinking, intense depression and even on occasion wife beating the reader is still left wishing they could have know him.
It is now more than likely an impossible task to separate Hancock the performer from Hancock the character and although this book shows you his flaws it only serves to highten the humour to an even higher degree.
From when the first Greeks stepped out and began their comedies they found that tragedy was more often than not the strange bedfellow of their performance. As it was then it was in Hancock's day.
Hancock's Half Hour remains as fresh today as it was almost half a century ago and the Hancock story remains as intriguing. This book is certainly a must read for every fan and would be no less intriguing to a complete Hancock Novice.