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Miranda Hart - Such Fun [Hardcover]

Sophie Johnson
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Book Description

5 Sep 2011
For the first time, author Sophie Johnson reveals the story behind Miranda's rise to fame. The comedian was born in Torquay in 1972, yet despite graduating in politics from Bristol Polytechnic, she always wanted to be a comedian. Her inspiration includes the likes of Joyce Grenfell and Eric Morecombe. Miranda's story is followed through other TV roles such as The Vicar of Dibley, Nighty Night, Hyperdrive and Not Going Out - before Miranda Hart's Joke Shop was commissioned by BBC Radio 2 and the first episode of her sitcom finally broadcast in November 2009. Miranda Hart is the newest comedy legend to capture the imagination of the public - this is her full, unauthorised story.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (5 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843584972
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843584971
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 314,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The most original and farcically hilarious female clown since Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders." --"Financial Times" on Miranda Hart

About the Author

Sophie Johnson is a writer and journalist with a background in script writing and comedy. She spent several years working in the stand-up industry before devoting her time to writing. Sophie enjoys nothing more than spending August flitting between shows at the Edinburgh festival, ably assisted by a glass of dry white wine.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Such...a shame. 30 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Was bought this for Christmas, plainly because I love Miranda.Found learnt lots, but mostly about other comedians! =( Real shame as this book seemed like a great idea! Sadly, I fear most, like me, will only buy as a cheaper alternative to her autobiography.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It is not a biography! 13 Nov 2012
It can not be qualified as a biography of Miranda Hart as it has maybe only 10% in it about her life (if even so!). Everything else is a junk information with references to so many names...I have got the book as a present and managed to read first 70 pages...than I tried to pass chapter after chapter trying actually to find some facts about Miranda life...and then totally bored and exhausted I gave up...
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
As a huge Miranda fan I was really looking forward to reading this and having "such fun". What a disappointment! So much so that I couldn't even be bothered to finish reading it (rarely happens to me that I don't finish a book). Sometimes the narrative would rant on for pages about British Comedy History with hardly a mention of Miranda herself! I was also completely unimpressed by the fact that many of the comments on which the author based her assumptions came from highly reliable (ie unknown random) people on Twitter etc. In the end I just got bored and gave up. I'm hoping Miranda's upcoming autobiography will be much much better and funnier!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I understand why this is an 'unofficial biography'. Miranda Hart is talented in every way and she would not authorise something so badly written. The author has created a book full of factual inaccuracies, typing errors and endlessly repetitive information. The most bizarre of all is an over-excited reference to 'turn to the cover of this book' several times in relation to one of Miranda's catch phrases and, try as I might, I cannot see anything other than the title and the author's name on the cover - no catch phrase. Of course the copy-editor, proof-reader and publisher are all just as guilty - it takes a bad team to allow such a bad quality book to make it into print.
I am no expert on Miranda's life but an example of the type of obvious error is saying that Tom Ellis's character in 'Monday Monday' had an affair with Jenny Agutter's character - he did not - he had an affair with his female boss and Jenny Agutter was the secretary to another male boss.
Then there are the same quotes used over and over again in different contexts just to pad out the text and the melodramatic 'cliff-hanger' endings to the chapters which over-dramatise the very typical problems any up and coming actress or comedienne would face.
This book needs a sharp editing pencil and thorough proof read.
I very much look forward to the day Miranda Hart writes her autobiography - that will be a quality piece of work full of humour, insight and honesty just like everything else she does.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars dissapoining 8 Nov 2012
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very dissapointing.It gave too many encounters with so many other celeb's.not very much about Mirander.But the photes were good.not much els to say skiped most of the book after half way .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not waste your money 2 Dec 2012
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Wish I'd read the other reviews on this book before I wasted my money.

I suppose I was expecting too much for an unauthorised book but this book is just a scene-by-scene description of the Miranda sitcom inter-mingled with a history of British comedy and transcripts of every TV interview Miranda Hart has done. Just hoping Father Christmas brings the Autobiography.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok 5 Aug 2013
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As other reviewers have said, this book is an interesting walk through the recent history of comedy and much a recital of Miranda's comedy work. Sophie Johnson does know Miranda as Miranda's personality does come through. I guess Miranda is so young yet there is not much history to write about her!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 13 Nov 2013
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Really enjoyable book. It was an easy read and it made you laugh and in places it made you cry as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent goods and delivery thank you
Published 4 days ago by proud
2.0 out of 5 stars not a biography
I bought this hoping for a biography, but it reads like a history of British Comedy. Not much about Miranda Hart, but lots of précis of the 'Miranda' TV show episodes, blow... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Sarah
2.0 out of 5 stars It gives a short history of UK comedy (if I wanted that I would get a...
One would think that a biography would tell you something about the life of the person it is about, something you didn't already know. This book does neither. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Fari Greenaway
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Published 10 days ago by Lisa Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect As Described
Very Clean And As Described
Published 17 days ago by pcalkin
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
good read
Published 21 days ago by irenewoods42
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
Very good read. I would totally recommend this book to my friends. I can relate so much to Miranda Hart.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs C Vince
5.0 out of 5 stars Hart not hard to like
Miranda Hart if certainly flavour of the week/ month/ year just now. She is a very funny lady with a manner that draws the viewer(s) to her performances. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. A. Mowatt
3.0 out of 5 stars Miranda Disappointing
Disappointed this wasn't an autobiography, I should have read the description properly.
It was not really a good read. bye
Published 1 month ago by Kathb
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
I wasn't disappointed with this book. Easy to read and good to dip in and out of. Would recommend to anyone wanting a good laugh and light reading.
Published 2 months ago by Deblou
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