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Les Dawson's Secret Notebooks Hardcover – 1 Oct 2007


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: JR Books Ltd; 1st edition (1 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190621719X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906217198
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 24.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* 'Contains gems of Dawsonian surrealism' The Spectator * 'How infinitely clever, pithy, imaginative and genuinely surreal were the works of Les Dawson...funny and touching selection' Mail on Sunday 'Probably one of the funniest books of the year, it's a brilliant tribute to a comedy legend' Sunday Sport" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Born in Collyhurst, Manchester in 1934, Les Dawson was one of Britain's finest and best-loved comedians. He toured the clubs and pubs for many years, before he was 'discovered' on Hughie Green's TV show, Opportunity Knocks in 1967, becoming a household name. Les was also a prolific writer with thirteen books to his credit. He married Tracy in 1989, and their daughter Charlotte was born three years later. Les died suddenly of a heart attack at their home in Lytham St Annes in 1993.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By M. Cumming on 29 Nov 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is a real treasure trove, containing priceless material from the great comic's secret archives. There are absolutely hilarious one-liners, monologues, surrealist letters, scripts and pictures. It has real laugh aloud material showing Dawson's comic genius.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on 22 Mar 2009
Format: Hardcover
I heard that Les once wanted to be a poet, but was too embarrassed, having literary ambition coming from a working class background, to parade his poetry...

If this is true, it is in many ways, unfortunate, as his love of words and phrases is so evident, I'm sure he would have been a wonderful poet, but if he had been a poet, maybe we'd never have heard the out of tune piano...

This book demonstrates that Poetry's loss was comedies gain... Les worked at his act and these notebooks show how much... His one-liners and monologues show a wonderful diction and a glorious sense of the absurd...

His world-weary persona is so well known that you can't help hearing Les's voice as you read these words...

Ben Elton would love to have a vocabulary as broad and as wonderful as this, and he would also wish to be half as funny as this as well...

Les you are missed, but books like these always ensure that you can be experienced over again...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Moran on 28 Feb 2009
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This book is a treasure trove for any Les Dawson fan. You can hear Les's voice in your mind as you read the gags.There are copies of his notes as he worked on a new routine mistakes and all!Mother in law gags Abound. I have been banned from reading this book in bed as my laughing keeps my wife awake. Buy it and enjoy and thank you to Les's wife for compiling these memories of one of the best comedians there was.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Benson on 12 Aug 2012
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This book is suffused with the genius of Les Dawson, one of the most treasurable, universally-adored comedians ever to fight his way from nothing to the top of the entertainment mountain.

This book was a revelation to me: I had no idea how much of the material he so effortlessly delivered on his television shows and stage appearances was from his own typewriter. Reading his words is a special and deeply hilarious revelation, as we are able to linger on the poetic phrases and potent imagery. We hear his voice in every line and long to hear it again. In fact this book has sent me back to Amazon for more dvds and books by the great man.

The book is also a touching testament to Tracy Dawson's devotion to her late husband's memory and his priceless work.

One favourite passage: "One night, from the gin-soaked lips of a pockmarked Lascar* who was in the arms of a frump in a Huddersfield bordello, came the words that put me on the right path to understanding. He said, 'Seek ye the truth in Tibet.'
And so I signed on as a ship's carpenter. It was a nightmare voyage - storms, disease, mutiny - but at last we reached Knutsford."

*An East Indian sailor, army servant, or artillery trooper. (thefreedictionary)
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By don hawkwind on 5 April 2014
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Great.
Thanks Les for some wonderful gags, one liners to full blown story line jokes, and for the excellent shows on television. You proved that a great comedienne can tell jokes without having to swear or use foul language. One of the greats now no longer with us.
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